These players were close to making the Dandy Dozen.
Drelan Porter, DE, South Panola
The Tigers’ defensive end plays the game angry and has a lethal first step. Porter accumulated 67 solo tackles, 24 for a loss and six sacks last season for the Class 6A champions. Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis have offered the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder.
Daniel Crowell, WR, Meridian
The Wildcats’ wide-out continues to make his case for a fourth-star. The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder hauled in nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns as a junior and is among a deep group of receivers in Mississippi’s 2016 class. Crowell recently decommitted from Ole Miss and is a target of Mississippi State and Ohio State.
Lamarques Thomas, S, Clinton
The athletic safety is the real deal. He possesses the speed to be effective in man coverage, lateral quickness to make adjustments in the open field and physicality to deliver big hits and break up passes. Thomas recorded 57 tackles (45 solo), four tackles for a loss, three interceptions and a sack, leading the Arrows to the 6A North quarterfinals.
Scott Lashley, OT, West Point
Lashley is on his way to becoming the state’s most dominant offensive lineman. The 6-foot-6, 300-pounder has the versatility and athleticism to play at multiple spots along West Point’s O-Line, but is most impressive at left tackle in run-blocking schemes. He claims, 22 offers including Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn and LSU.
Quincy Lenton, S, Meridian
Meridian’s standout defensive back closes in quickly on receivers when they come into his zone and plays with intense physicality and speed. The Florida commit totaled 479 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns coupled with 44 tackles (25 solo) and two interceptions in 2014. Lenton is also a huge asset for the Wildcats on kickoff and punt returns.
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