Week 2 featured two big performances at quarterback from some under-the-radar names, and the debate was settled on the No. 1 wide receiver in Mississippi.
Below you’ll find five prospects who helped their recruiting stock after impressive outings.
Jacquelle Green, QB, D’Iberville
The Mississippi Gulf Coast is full of big time playmakers. Green, who will play safety in college and holds offers from both in-state SEC schools along with Southern Miss, Alabama and LSU, is near the top and proved why he won the quarterback job at D’Iberville. The 6-foot, 205-pounder was 9 of 11 passing for 265 yards and four touchdowns while running for 208 yards and three scores in the Warriors’ 56-35 win over Picayune. Whether in the defensive backfield or under center, Green’s athleticism translates everywhere on the field.
A.J. Brown, WR, Starkville
With Starkville’s Week 2 matchup against Oxford televised nationally on ESPNU, Brown chose the right time to have a breakout performance. His stock rose considerably after he recorded a career-high 16 catches for 192 yards and made a jump in 247Sports rankings to the state’s No. 1 wide receiver. The comparisons to big, physical college receivers like Ole Miss’ Laquon Treadwell and Auburn’s Duke Williams are becoming more and more apparent. Brown is deceptively quick for 220 pounds and tough to contain. He’s got everyone from Alabama to USC wanting his talents.
Julian Conner, QB, Hattiesburg
Conner is off to a fast start in his second year as the starting QB at Hattiesburg. The junior quarterbacked the Tigers to wins over 6A foe Petal and reigning 5A champion Laurel with his powerful arm and athletic ability. Last week, Conner threw five touchdowns for 348 yards in the Tigers’ comeback win against the Golden Tornadoes. His height doesn’t do him any favors at 5-foot-10, 175 pounds and may be the reason behind a slow start to his recruitment. Arkansas State and Southern Miss has expressed interest in the junior who projects as a slot receiver or defensive back at the next level.
Kalem Reddix, RB/WR, St. Martin
The four-star junior is another product of the Coast who ranks third in Mississippi and 13th in the nation in receptions through the early part of the season. Reddix has nine catches for 338 yards, an average of 37 yards per reception, and four touchdowns through two games, which has drawn the interest of programs like Ole Miss and Troy during the early part of the evaluation period. The 6-foot, 180-pounder can catch passes out of the backfield and blaze through defenders with his speed. He’s an all-around offensive threat with tremendous upside.
Drew Bianco, RB, Oxford
The son of Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco was impressive in The Little Egg Bowl. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound sophomore ran for 85 yards and a touchdown against Starkville and has emerged early as the Chargers’ go-to power runner. Bianco exhibits good field vision and quick feet to get past his defenders. While he’s still young, the running back is off to a hot start, racking up a total of 224 yards and three scores in the first two weeks of the season.
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