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Southern Elite Notebook

Notebook from Wednesday’s 2013 Southern Elite Combine. Top offensive and top defensive performers up soon…

The 2013 All-Southern Elite Combine Team

The 2014 Stars

McComb (Miss.) High School quarterback Alex Woodall impressed in all phases on Wednesday. Woodall, at 238 pounds, ran a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash on an otherwise slow surface. The 6-3 dual-threat showed command on all of his throws, turning in one of the more impressive efforts on the day. Woodall holds an offer from Louisiana Tech and is receiving strong interest from Mississippi State and Southern Miss. He is rated as the No. 41 dual-threat QB in the nation by the 247Composite.

Harrison Central (Miss.) High School cornerback Tito Windham dropped jaws early and often. He recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time on the day with a blistering 4.32. At 5-10, he might not fit the trend of taller cornerbacks but he can flat out cover. He shut down his portion of the field against a very good crop of wide receivers. Windham is committed to Oklahoma and holds offers from Florida State and Louisiana-Lafayette. Rated as the No. 61 cornerback in the nation, he excelled in Wednesday’s setting.

Coolidge (Arizona) High School safety J.T. Gray showed off his amazing athleticism all day, beginning in the Sparq testing when he recorded a standing broad jump of 10-feet-3-inches. Gray’s shuttle time was an outstanding 4.16. He was effective in coverage and had perhaps the best ball instincts of all DBs in the combine. Gray’s performance was by no means suprising. He did the same things at a USC camp in June and was offered by Lane Kiffin and the Trojans on the spot. His offer sheet also includes Oregon, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Arizona, Arizona State, Mississippi State, Iowa State, Washington, Cal and Utah. He grew up in Clarksdale, Miss., thus the West Coast/Mississippi flavored offer sheet.

Ouachita Parrish (La.) High School wide receiver Cameron Sims was head and shoulders above the field. He was a human highlight reel in the 7-on-7 event against a very good field of Division I caliber defensive backs. He caught everything thrown to him, everything thrown low and climbed the ladder for the high balls. His route running is superb, ball skills great and competiveness off the chart. There is no wonder Sims holds 18 Division I offers.

The Surprises

Madison-Ridgeland (Miss.)Academy 2014 quarterback Caleb Shufelt measured in at 6-foot-1 but stood above the crowd of QBs. Shufelt made all the throws and shined in one-on-ones and the 7-on-7. He came in relatively unknown but made a name for himself Wednesday. He is attracting some Division I interest but hasn’t landed an offer yet.

Madison-Ridgeland (Miss.) Academy 2014 running back Zack Everhart is under-sized at 5-7 and 160 pounds but he is an offensive weapon. He clocked a 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash and a 4.19 shuttle time. He kept on impressing in the 7-on-7’s and was one of the standouts of the day.

McComb (Miss.) QB Alex Woodall

Water Valley (Miss.) High School 2014 wide receiver Tamarick Person was impressive in the 7-on-7’s. The 5-11 Person ran good routes, showed sure hands and left a mark on the combine. Person has the ability to play college football on some level.

Ole Miss Commits

Callaway (Miss.) High School wide receiver Dayall Harris, Greenwood (Miss.) tight end Sammie Epps, 2016 Oxford (Miss.) wide receiver Dekaylin Metcalf and Olive Branch (Miss.) safety/linebacker Alfred Dickens all competed and all were selected to the All-Southern Elite Combine Team. Meridian (Miss.) High School safety C.J. Hampton attended the combine but did not compete. Let’s be honest, Hampton has nothing to prove to anyone, he is one of the best in the country.

Young Guns

There were a couple of 2017s that stood out on Wednesday.

Oxford (Miss.) High School linebacker Thomas Allen has the physique, tools and mentality to be one of the top freshmen in the state this fall. He is projected to start at 5A Oxford at middle linebacker as a 9th grader and it’s easy to see why. Allen knows his position well. He is the son of Ole Miss linebackers coach Tom Allen.

West Bolivar (Miss.) running back Greg Robb may be the next great back from that storied Mississippi program. Robb showed skills on Wednesday and should be an impact player for his team this fall as a 9th grader. [/b]

The Trenches

Ole Miss WR commit Dayall Harris

Oxford (Miss.) High School 2014 defensive end Darrius Liggins stole the show on the defensive side of the line. A Mississippi State commitment, Liggins stood out from the field.

North Pontotoc (Miss.) High School 2014 defensive tackle Shun Heard is powerful and looked quick off the ball. Heard is still waiting on his first offer and looked like he warranted it on Wednesday.

Madison-Ridgleand (Miss.) Academy 2014 offensive lineman Sean Rawlings and Lafayette (Miss.) High School 2016 offensive lineman Eli Johnson and Spain Park (Ala.) High School 2014 OL Jervontius Stallings were the only three OL’s with Division I offers in the combine and all performed as expected according to instructors Terrence Metcalf and Tre’ Stallings. Rawlings holds an offer from Louisiana-Lafayette, Johnson’s sheet includes Mississippi State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Akron, and Stallings owns an offer from Western Kentucky.

Caledonia (Miss.) High School 2015 offensive lineman Cody Cliett was a standout, as well, and proved he is certainly one to keep a watch on.

4-Star Spectator

Greenville (Miss.) Weston 4-star linebacker Gerri Green attended the combine but did not compete due to a slight injury. Green holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Auburn among others.

The Staff

It was a star-studded staff of instructors at the Southern Elite and their assistance was much appreciated. The staff included NFL veterans Terrence Metcalf and Tre’ Stallings and Super Bowl champion Kendrick Clancy, as well as former Conerly Trophy finalist quarterback Scott Eyster and ex Ole Miss wide receiver T Horn. Madison-Ridgeland offensive coordinator John Weaver, Meridian assistant coach Calvin Hampton and West Bolivar head coach Joac Williams were also key components of the staff.

2017 Oxford (Miss.) LB Thomas Allen

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