MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The 26th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star week and game has come and gone. As is usually the case, the top prospects flashed their obvious talents and some lesser talked about prospects caught the eye of anyone watching.
Auburn commit Jason Smith took home MVP honors for the Alabama squad during Saturday's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
Here is a look at a few prospects from the talent-filled game that saw their stock go up throughout the week and game on Saturday.
Chris Jones, DE, Houston (Miss.), 6-5, 255
Hard to think about the stock of five-star Chris Jones going any higher, but that is certainly the case after Saturday’s unblockable performance that ended with team Mississippi MVP honors. Next up, the 2013 Under Armour All-America game. While Jones is No. 15 in the latest Top247, he is in line to possibly ascend even further.
Jason Smith, WR/ATH, Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen, 6-1, 175
Smith immediately caught our eye last week with his quickness off the line, an impressive fluidity as a route runner, and the ability to sink the hips and create instant separation out of cuts. Add in his plus hands and ball skills, and MVP honors for team Alabama and the Auburn commitment continues to ascend.
ArDarius Stewart, ATH/DB, Birmingham (Ala.) Fultondale, 6-0, 185
The Alabama commitment jumps out athletically whether he is playing safety, covering in the slot in the red zone or showing a ball in hand gear as a punt returner. While his future position at the next level is to be determined, the fact that he is one of the most athletically gifted prospects in the class is crystal clear.
Darius Paige, DT, Foley (Ala.)
Texas A&M commit Cameron Echols-Luper has a big frame and it helps him fight through contact.
First off, Paige passes the eyeball test. When a player walks out and is nearly 6-foot-4, 300-pounds with long arms and skinny ankles, one pays close attention. Paige is not just impressive physically, but also with his ability to use his length to dispose of would be blockers and be a disruptor with pocket collapsing capabilities.
Cameron Echols-Luper, WR, Auburn (Ala.)
While Echols-Luper played Saturday at less than 100 percent after tweaking a hamstring during the week in practice, he still impressed. The physically developed slot receiver prospect joins Smith as the best and most fluid route runners on hand. The Texas A&M commitment used his 5-foot-11, 192-pound frame to fight through contact, stay balanced and bring down a number of receptions in one-on-one’s against attached coverage.
Wilson Bell, OG, Blount (Ala.) Eight Mile
The Central Florida commitment didn’t come into the week with the fan fare of some other lineman, but the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder showed that he has a high ceiling. Blessed with broad shoulders, a solid base to continue to add strength and muscle mass to and good feet, Bell has the chance to develop into a very good guard on the next level.
Five-star linebacker Reuben Foster (Auburn, Ala.) did what he was expected to on the field. He was athletic with closing burst, uber-physical and the Alpha Male intimidator all week that he has been known to be since his sophomore season in Georgia. Where the former Alabama and Auburn more than impressed with his body. After weighing in at 252-pounds at Nike’s The Opening in July, Foster reported he was in the mid-230s last week and looked like it at first glance and is his movement.
Mississippi State commitment Kailo Moore pulled a groin on Wednesday and sat out the game. Prior to the injury, he showed all of the burst and strike up the band speed seen previously. Moore, who has the body type of a wide receiver more than running back, is one of the fastest prospects in the 2013 class.
Jonathan Cook worked exclusively at corner in practices and had the look of a prospect that could line up at boundary corner with the understanding safety may well be his best position naturally. The Alabama commitment (he switched from Nebraska on Saturday) is physical, quick and reacts to the ball in the air well.
Auburn commitment Kamryn Melton may not have the physical appearance of some others, but he was a top competitor all week and in the game Saturday. He took on all comers in one-on-one’s in practice and drew praise from the team Alabama coaching staff on numerous occasions.
Ashton Shumpert proved to be one of the most versatile prospects in the game. The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder worked at both running back and safety, and flashed impressive hands and ball skills. While the Top247 prospect wants to play running back at the next level, he could project to safety or outside linebacker as well.
South Florida offensive tackle commitment Cameron Fraser (Phenix City, Ala./Central) impressed with his knee bend, feet and flexibility.
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