Daily Journal 7 To See

Here are seven players we think fans should make time to see this season. From an excitement factor to a talent factor, colleges are taking notice and we think you should too.

Ross Smith
School: Booneville
Height/weight: 6-6, 305
Class: Senior
Wears: No. 79
Plays: LT
Hearing from: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Vanderbilt
Why he’s worth watching: “He has good, quick feet. He’s a good leader, has very long range and his work ethic is very good. He picked up a lot of strength, jumped nearly 80 pounds this winter on his bench. He worked really hard in the weightroom. He’s our anchor and we’re going to try to spot play him some on defense but he’s definitely going to have to help carry the load on offense.” – Booneville coach Mike Mattox

Duke Upshaw
School: Baldwyn
Height/weight: 5-11, 170
Class: Freshman
Wears: No. 2
Plays: RB/QB/S
Hearing from: With continued progression, it won’t be long, even for a freshman.
Why he’s worth watching: “You see all kinds of athletes and I’ve coached a lot of them. People say someone has that ‘it’ factor. But being the age he is, he has that ‘it’ factor. He doesn’t play like a freshman. He didn’t play like an eighth grader last year. Being in the system, you’re always going to gain experience. We’re asking him do a little bit more and he’s bought in. He understands what’s going on and what he’s got to do and the game is going to slow down to him.” – Baldwyn coach Michael Gray

Ashton Shumpert
School: Itawamba AHS
Height/weight: 6-2, 205
Class: Senior
Wears: No. 2
Plays: ATH, DB
Hearing from: Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt
Why he’s worth watching: “Obviously his talent level goes without saying and I think his passion for the game. Any time the ball is snapped on offense or defense, you can tell he’s having fun on the field. Anytime you watch somebody who’s having fun or has great passion, people enjoy watching it. I think that’s what draws people, plus he’s a heck of an athlete and people love to watch great athletes.” – Itawamba AHS coach Toby Collums

Chico Harrison
School: Aberdeen
Height/weight: 5-11, 195
Class: Junior
Wears: No. 8
Plays: RB, LB, S
Hearing from: Missed sophomore season but breakout year should speed the process.
Why he’s worth watching: “He’s a combination of power and speed. He can run over you or outrun you. You don’t see that much anymore. You see the power guy or the quick guy. He can do both.” – Aberdeen coach Mark Bray
Dario Robinson
School: Amory
Height/weight: 5-10, 166
Class: Senior
Wears: No. 1
Plays: WR
Hearing from: Illinois, Middle Tennessee, Alcorn State, Louisiana Tech, South Alabama, Tennessee Martin
Why he’s worth watching: “The first thing is Dario is a hard-working kid. He’s got good speed, great hands and has the ability to change directions quickly. If the ball is in the air, he owns it. He has the idea that he’s going to catch every one that comes to him. That makes the kid hard to cover when he’s got all the physical tools and mentally he’s got the desire to say ‘The ball’s mine.’” – Amory coach Trent Hammond

D.K. Buford
School: Lafayette
Height/weight: 5-11, 185
Class: Junior
Wears: No. 2
Plays: RB, CB
Hearing from: Ole Miss, Mississippi State
Why he’s worth watching: “His speed. He’s just so explosive, breakaway speed. We’ll try to throw to him some.” – Lafayette coach Eric Robertson

Chris Jones
School: Houston
Height/weight: 6-7, 270
Class: Senior
Wears: No. 98
Plays: DE
Hearing from: Mississippi State commit
Why he’s worth watching: “He’s an athletic guy. He has natural ability, size and speed and agility. He’s competitive, aggressive and coming after you. He has really stepped up his leadership on this team, taking control and a lot of kids are following behind him.” – Houston coach William Cook
Brandon Speck, Gene Phelps

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s