The 2013 Dandy Dozen

The 2013 Dandy Dozen

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The 2013 Dandy Dozen

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Dandy Dozen. Over the past quarter century, the words have become synonymous with the best high school football talent Mississippi has to offer.

This year’s selection process culminated Wednesday as the 12 best converged on Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium from across the state for the annual gauntlet of barbecue, speeches, photo shoots and interviews. Who is the the best player they’ve faced? What’s their favorite movie? Where will they play at the next level? All these questions and more are answered below:

D.K. BUFORD

Lafayette,

RB/WR, 5-11, 195

Why he’s Dandy: One of state’s fastest players, Buford had 830 rushing yards, 398 receiving yards and 220 yards on kickoff and punt returns. He was second on the team in touchdowns with 16.

What’s next: Committed to Ole Miss

Dream date: Meagan Good

Best player I ever faced: Xavier Pegues (Oxford)

Favorite NFL Player: Adrian Peterson

Song that gets me pumped up before a game: 4th and Inches

Team I am looking forward to playing: Oxford

Favorite toy as a kid: Football and baseball

Favorite movie: Man of Steel

Best rapper: Lil’ Wayne

JAMORAL GRAHAM

Newton County,

ATH, 5-11, 175

Why he’s Dandy: Versatile Graham accounted for 1,430 all-purpose yards and caught 24 passes for 464 yards, averaging 19.3 yards per catch. He scored a team-best 12 touchdowns.

What’s next: Committed to Mississippi State

Dream date: Meagan Good

Best player I ever faced: LaDarius Clark (Southeast Lauderdale)

Favorite NFL Player: Percy Harvin

Song/artist that gets me pumped up before a game: We Ready

Team I am looking forward to playing: Forrest AHS

Favorite toy as a kid: A football

Favorite movie: Never Back Down

Best rapper: 2 Chainz

GERRI GREEN

Greenville,

LB, 6-4, 220

Why he’s Dandy: Green recorded a team-high 89 tackles, including 7½ tackles for loss as a junior. He also had four pass deflections and caused two fumbles. At tight end, he caught 10 passes for 172 yards and two TDs.

What’s next: Lists Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Auburn and Vanderbilt as his top four.

Dream date: Lauren London

Best player I ever faced: Ramone Nash (Northwest Rankin)

Favorite NFL Player: K.J. Wright

Song that gets me pumped up before a game: Work by ASAP Ferg

Team I am looking forward to playing: Madison Central

Favorite toy as a kid: Football

Favorite movie: Good Burger

Best rapper: Lil’ Wayne

C.J. HAMPTON

Meridian, S,

6-2, 200

Why he’s Dandy: Physical defender recorded 48 tackles, three interceptions, six pass deflections and caused two fumbles last season for the Wildcats.

What’s next: Committed to Ole Miss

Dream date: Zendaya

Best player I ever faced: Anthony Alford (Petal)

Favorite NFL Player: Cortland Finnegan

Song/artist that gets me pumped up before a game: Chief Keef

Team I am looking forward to playing: South Panola

Favorite toy as a kid: Football

Favorite movie: Miracle

Best rapper: Jay-Z

GRANT HARRIS

Clinton, DL,

6-5, 270

Why he’s Dandy: Harris was almost impossible to block last season, especially toward latter part of season. Recorded 71 tackles and had six sacks last season for the Arrows.

What’s next: Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Miami are recruiting him the heaviest, but will decide at end of season

Dream date: Lauren London

Best player I ever faced: Rod Taylor (Callaway)

Favorite NFL Player: Von Miller

Song that gets me pumped up before a game: Throw It Up

Team I am looking forward to playing: Pearl

Favorite toy as a kid: Football

Favorite movie: Jack Reacher

Best rapper: Webbie

JESSE JACKSON

Petal, WR,

6-2, 205

Why he’s Dandy: Big playmaker caught 39 passes for 842 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior for the Panthers, averaging 21.6 yards per catch. He also averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return.

What’s next: Most interest from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Auburn, but likely down to in-state battle

Dream date: Jennifer Lawrence

Best player I ever faced: C.J. Hampton (Meridian)

Favorite NFL Player: Todd Pinkston

Song/artist that gets me pumped up before a game: Blood on the Leaves

Team I am looking forward to playing: Oak Grove

Favorite toy as a kid: Football

Favorite movie: Fast and Furious 6

Best rapper: Wiz Khalifa

ALVIN MOORE

Bassfield, LB,

6-1, 195

Why he’s Dandy: Speedster was a beast for the defending 2A state champs, recording 103 tackles, including six tackles for loss, and four sacks. He also caused two fumbles, recovered one and blocked a punt.

What’s next: Committed to Ole Miss

Dream date: Meagan Good

Best player I ever faced: Dontavian Lee (Forrest AHS)

Favorite NFL Player: Patrick Willis

Song/artist that gets me pumped up before a game: Lil’ Boosie

Team I am looking forward to playing: Forrest AHS

Favorite toy as a kid: Football

Favorite movie: Toy Story

Best rapper: Drake

MARKELL PACK

Purvis, WR,

6-3, 185

Why he’s Dandy: Great hands and elusiveness, Pack caught 44 passes for 777 yards and seven touchdowns as junior. He averaged 17.5 yards per catch and also rushed for 444 yards and five touchdowns.

What’s next: Committed to Florida State

Dream date: None

Best player I ever faced: Tyre’oune Holmes (Tylertown)

Favorite NFL Player: Reggie Wayne

Song/artist that gets me pumped up before a game: Wiz Khalifa

Team I am looking forward to playing: Forrest AHS

Favorite toy as a kid: Big Wheel

Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights

Best rapper: Kid Cudi

BREELAND SPEAKS

Callaway, DL,

6-4, 285

Why he’s Dandy: Starred at linebacker last season, but expected to play on the defensive line in college. Recorded a team-high 136 tackles as a junior for the Chargers.

What’s next: Has narrowed list to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida State and Arkansas

Dream date: Jennifer Hudson

Best player I ever faced: Daronte Bouldin (Canton)

Favorite NFL Player: Ndamukong Suh

Song that gets me pumped up before a game: Chief Keef

Team I am looking forward to playing: Ridgeland

Favorite toy as a kid: Football

Favorite movie: Full Metal Jacket

Best rapper: Gucci Mane

ROD TAYLOR

Callaway, OL,

6-4, 315

Why he’s Dandy: Size and agility makes Taylor consensus choice as the state’s top recruit in the Class of 2014. Helped the Chargers rush for 1,516 yards last season.

What’s next: Committed to Ole Miss

Dream date: Beyonce

Best player I ever faced: Keontre Anderson (Canton)

Favorite NFL Player: Chance Warmack

Song/artist that gets me pumped up before a game: Joker

Team I am looking forward to playing: Ridgeland

Favorite toy as a kid: Football

Favorite movie: Friday

Best rapper: Joker

DEVIN VOORHIES

Wilkinson County,

ATH, 6-1, 195

Why he’s Dandy: The versatile Voorhies lines up all over the field (QB, WR, TE, LB, DB) for the Wildcats. Rushed for 700 yards and threw for 1,530 yards as junior.

What’s next: Committed to LSU

Dream date: Kelly Rowland

Best player I ever faced: Demetrius Cain (Hazlehurst)

Favorite NFL Player: DeSean Jackson

Song/artist that gets me pumped up before a game: Lil’ Boosie

Team I am looking forward to playing: Hazlehurst

Favorite toy as a kid: Toy 4-wheeler

Favorite movie: Django Unchained

Best rapper: Lil’ Wayne

AERIS WILLIAMS

West Point, RB,

6-2, 210

Why he’s Dandy: Bruising runner was a second-team All-State selection last season after rushing for 1,519 yards and leading the Green Wave to the Class 5A semifinals.

What’s next: Plans to commit on Wednesday, deciding between Mississippi State, Florida State and Wisconsin.

Dream date: Meagan Good

Best player I ever faced: Antonio Conner (South Panola)

Favorite NFL Player: Marshawn Lynch

Song that gets me pumped up before a game: Any rap

Team I am looking forward to playing: Starkville

Favorite toy as a kid: Football

Favorite movie: The Blind Side

Best rapper: Chief Keef

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