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Southern Miss Football: 2006 National Signing Day




Feb. 1, 2006

Updated: 10:45 a.m.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Visit SouthernMiss.com throughout the day to view the most up-to-date lisiting of Southern Miss Football's 2006 Signing Class.

2006 Southern Miss Football Recruiting Class

NamePos.Ht.Wt.Hometown/HS/JC
C.J. BaileyDB5-10187Moss Point, Miss./Moss Point HS
David BoyceDL6-7275Gonzales, La./St. Paul's HS
Roshaad ByrdDL6-3210Meridian, Miss./Meridian HS
Brandon DavisLB6-2190Meridian, Miss./Meridian HS
Nick DeanOL6-3281Shannon, Miss./Itawamba CC
Ryan EllisWR6-2190Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Allen D. Nease HS
Damion FletcherATH5-10175Biloxi, Miss./Biloxi HS
Anthony GrayDL6-0302Philadelphia, Miss./Philadelphia HS
Rodney GrayWR6-3185Batesville, Miss./South Panola HS
Tory HarrisonRB6-1185Leesburg, Fla./Leesburg HS
Domonic HopsonLB6-2232Pascagoula, Miss./Pascagoula HS
Faron HornesWR5-7160Bradenton, Fla./Southeast Bradenton HS
Chico HunterDB6-0190Vicksburg, Miss./Warren Central HS
Chris J. JohnsonDL6-1285East Brewton, Ala./Itawamba CC
Richard KellyTE6-4250Jacksonville, Fla./E.D. White HS
Torris MageeWR6-2186Hattiesburg, Miss./Oak Grove
Vontre MasonDL6-2270Richmond, Calif./Diablo Valley CC
Michael McGeeDB5-10175Magee, Miss./Magee HS
Sean MerrillDL6-4290D'Iberville, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Alex MichaelOL6-4300Meridian, Miss./Southeast Lauderdale HS
Johdrick MorrisWR6-3195Baton Rouge, La./Central HS
Martez SmithLB6-0198Camden, Miss./Velma Jackson HS
Ralph TurnerATH5-9185Cottonwood, Ala./Cottonwood HS
Tyler UnsworthOL6-6292Slidell, La./Northshore HS
Thomas WebbTE6-5225Starkville, Miss./Starkville HS
Justin WilsonDB6-1180Taylorsville, Miss./Taylorsville HS
Martevious YoungQB6-1178Alexander City, Ala./Ben Russell HS
Cameron ZippOL6-2297Mandeville, La./Fontainebleau HS

C.J. Bailey 5-10, 187, DB Moss Point HS/Moss Point, Miss.

A four-year letterwinner for Coach Jerry Alexander ... Played quarterback as a sophomore and junior, before switching to cornerback ... Finished with 48 total tackles (33 solos, 15 assists), five pass breakups, two fumble recoveries, eight interceptions and one quarterback hurry ... First-team region 4-5A ... Second-team All-State by The Clarion Ledger ... Threw for 1,376 yards and 11 touchdowns on 90 completions with nine interceptions as a junior ... Team finished 13-10 over his last two seasons with two-straight playoff appearances ... Two-star rating by both rivals.com and Scout.com ... Rated a 3 by The Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Top-30 preseason Mississippi by rivals.com ... Named to the Mississippi Hot 35 by Scout.com ... The Rest by The Clarion Ledger ... Also runs track ... Chose Southern Miss over Bowling Green, Louisiana-Lafayette and Memphis.

David Boyce 6-7, 275, DL St. Paul's HS/Gonzales, La.

Played for Coach Ken Sears ... Finished with 35 tackles, 12 assists and eight sacks playing in just seven games due to effects from Hurricane Katrina ... Named all-district, all-metro and all-parish ... District 4-5A Most Valuable Player ... St. Tammany Most Valuable Player ... Honorable Mention All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... Named to the Times Picayune's "Best of Rest" ... Team finished 6-1 his senior season, winning the district title and making the playoffs for first time in five years ... As a junior, team was 6-4 ... Also lettered in wrestling and is a two-time state champion ... A three-star rating by rivals.com ... A two-star rating by Scout.com ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Rated a 3 by The Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual ... Named to the rivals.com Louisiana Top 25 ... A member of the Louisiana Hot 30 by Scout.com ... No. 33 rated defensive end by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over LSU and Memphis.

Roshaad Byrd 6-3, 210, DL Meridian HS/Meridian, Miss.

A three-year starter for Coach Ed Stanley at Meridian ... Finished with 189 tackles (96 solo, 93 assists) ... Also had four tackles for loss, three interceptions, one pass breakup, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, both of which were returned for touchdowns ... On offense, had 12 receptions for 400 yards and four touchdowns as a tight end ... A First-Team All-State selection by The Clarion Ledger ... All-Region 3-5A ... Team finished 11-4 and won the South State title as a senior ... Team also had a combined record of 17-7-1 during his sophomore and junior seasons, advancing to the second round of the playoffs both years ... A three-star rating by both rivals.com and Scout.com ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Rated a 3 by The Forrest Davis Recruiting Annual ... Named to the Mississippi Top 25 by rivals.com and the Mississippi Hot 35 by Scout.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Alabama, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

Brandon Davis 6-2, 190, LB Meridian HS/Meridian, Miss.

A three-year starter for Coach Ed Stanley at Meridian ... Finished with 96 tackles (52 solo, 44 assists) ... Also had 11 tackles for loss, five sacks, 10 pass breakups, three quarterback knockdowns, four forced fumbles and one fumble recoveries, which was returned for a touchdown ... Second Team All-State by The Clarion Ledger ... All-Region 3-5A ... Team finished 11-4 and won the South State title as a senior ... Team also had a combined record of 17-7-1 during his sophomore and junior seasons, advancing to the second round of the playoffs both years ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Named to the Mississippi Top 30 preseason by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Jackson State and Mississippi State.

Nick Dean 6-3, 281, OL Itawamba CC/Shannon, Miss.

Played for Coach Jeff Terrill ... Helped protect the No. 7 quarterback in the nation, Thomas Kirksey, as the team finished with 182 passing yards per game and was ranked No. 2 in passing efficiency by the NJCAA ... Named First Team All-State and All-Region 23 as a freshman and sophomore ... Team had a 6-2 record and advanced to the state playoffs as a sophomore ... Team finished 5-5 and lost in the state playoffs to eventual national champion Pearl River CC as a freshman ... Becomes fourth offensive lineman to sign with a Division I school from Itawamba... High School: Played at Shannon High School in Tupelo, Miss. ... Named all-area and all-county, as well as to the Super 24 ... A two-star rating by rivals.com.

Ryan Ellis 6-2, 190, WR Allen D. Nease HS/Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

A three-year starter for Coach Craig Howard ... Led the state of Florida in receiving for two-straight seasons ... Finished with 103 receptions for 1,790 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior ... Had 74 receptions for 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior ... Set the Northeast Florida receiving yardage record ... A two-time selection to the Florida Times Union All-First Coast team and the St. Augustine Record All-County Team ... Named to the Super 24 team by the Florida Times Union ... A two-time First-Team All-State selection by the Florida Sports Writers Association ... Named to the St. Augustine Record's Preseason All-County team ... Team finished with a 13-2 record and won the state championship as a senior ... As a junior, the team was 11-2, advancing to the regional finals ... Team finished 5-5 his sophomore season ... Also lettered in track and was a regional champion in the hurdles ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Rated a 3 by The Forrest Davis Recruiting Annual ... Ranked in the Top 5 wide receivers for Florida by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Florida International, Kansas State, Kentucky and N.C. State.

Damion Fletcher 5-10, 175, ATH Biloxi HS/Biloxi, Miss.

Played for Coach David Russell ... Finished with 952 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... Had 1,750 yards and 26 touchdowns as a junior ... An all-district selection for two years ... Was the Region 4-5A Offensive Player of the Year ... Named to the Sun Herald's All-Coast team twice ... Second team All-State by The Clarion Ledger ... Team Most Valuable Player and team captain ... State runner-up in the high jump ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Chose Southern Miss over Arkansas State and Nicholls State.

Anthony Gray 6-0, 302, DL Philadelphia HS/Philadelphia HS

Played for Coach Brian Anderson, as a two-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines ... As a senior, posted 104 total tackles (65 solos, 37 assists), 25 tackles for loss, seven sacks, seven tackles for loss, and one interception ... Recovered a fumble for a touchdown ... Also saw action as a short yardage running back, gaining 108 yards and scoring five touchdowns ... A Second-Team All-State selection by The Clarion Ledger ... Helped team to an 11-2 finish as a senior, advancing to the third round of the 2A playoffs ... Finished with 85 tackles and 25 sacks as a junior ... Earned second-team all-state honors as a junior ... Also named Neshoba County's Lineman of the Year ... Named to The Clarion Ledger's "Best of the Rest" ... Can bench press 450 pounds and squat 600 pounds ... Won the Mississippi Power Lifting Contest as a sophomore and junior ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Alabama, Arkansas State, Memphis, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Rodney Gray 6-3, 185, WR South Panola HS/Batesville, Miss.

Lettered three years in football, two of them for Coach Ricky Woods at South Panola ... Was the primary receiver for a team that threw the ball 8-10 times per game on average ... Finished the season with 520 yards and nine touchdowns on 31 receptions ... An all-region selection ... Named Second-Team All-State by The Clarion Ledger ... Also lettered one season at Natchez ... A three-sport athlete, lettering in basketball and track ... Won the state title in the Class 5A High Hurdles ... Team finished with a 15-0 record and won the state championship ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Jackson State, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Tory Harrison 6-1, 185, RB Leesburg HS/Leesburg, Fla.

A four-year letterwinner for Coach Charles Nassar ... Finished with 1,869 yards and 15 touchdowns on 196 carries as a senior ... Had a combined total of 858 yards and 10 touchdowns his previous three seasons ... A First-Team All-State selection by the Florida Sports Writers Association ... First-team all-city ... All-Central Florida by The Orlando Sentinel ... Named to the Sentinel's Top 100 ... Also lettered in basketball (four years), weight lifting (three years) and track (three years) ... Holds a 3.6 GPA ... An Honor Roll student ... Team advanced to the playoffs as a senior ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Bowling Green and Cincinnati.

Domonic Hopson 6-2, 232, LB Pascagoula HS/Pascagoula, Miss.

Played for Coach Dan Bland ... Finished senior season with 143 total tackles, seven sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries ... As a junior, posted 115 tackles, three sacks and one interception ... Missed three games with an injury in his junior season ... Finished with 114 tackles as a sophomore ... Second team all-state by The Clarion Ledger as a senior ... First-team all-district as a senior and junior ... Named Most Valuable Defensive Player by the Biloxi-Sun Herald as a senior ... Named to the Clarion Ledger's "Best of the Rest" ... Also lettered in basketball ... Won the Ed and Eddie Langford Award as a junior, given to the player that shows the most desire and determination ... A three-star rating by rivals.com ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Two-star rating by Scout.com ... Named to the Mississippi Hot 35 by Scout.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Clemson, Mississippi State, Rice and Vanderbilt.

Faron Hornes 5-7, 160, WR Southeast Bradenton HS/Bradenton, Fla.

Played for Coach Paul Maechtle ... Had 1,486 all-purpose yards, with an average of 135.1 yards per game, during his senior year ... Had 39 attempts for 315 yards with three rushing touchdowns ... Caught 27 passes for 568 receiving yards at 21.0 yards per catch and six receiving touchdowns ... Had 22 punt returns for 301 yards, a 13.6 return average and two touchdowns ... Had 12 kickoffs returned for 302 yards for a 27.2 return average ... Had 780 all-purpose yards during his junior year ... Had 41 rushing attempts for 129 yards ... Had 30 receptions for 428 yards and seven touchdowns ... Returned 10 punts for 223 yards and two touchdowns ... As a senior, named first team all-state, First Team All-Sarosata by the Herald Tribune and first-team Mantechie County ... Named third-team all-state as a junior ... MVP of the Police Athletic League All-Star Game as the quarterback, totaling 320 all-purpose yards (185 rushing yards, 135 passing yards) ... Helped team post a 8-3 record in 2005, and a 9-2 record in 2004, making playoff appearances in both seasons ... A two-star rating by Rivals.com ... Also recruited by Missouri and UNLV.

Chico Hunter 6-0, 190, DB Warren Central HS/Vicksburg, Miss.

Played for Coach Curtis Brewer ... Played only two games as a senior due to a torn ACL, posting 11 tackles, one sack and one interception returned for a touchdown ... Recorded 108 tackles (49 solos, 59 assists), five interceptions as a junior ... Also had eight punts for a 30.3 yard average during his junior year ... Recorded 88 tackles as a sophomore ... Mississippi Association of Coaches Second Team All-State as a junior ... 2004 Defensive MVP for Region 2-5A ... Vicksburg Post Defensive Player of the Year ... Helped Warren Central win back-to-back 2-5A district championships during his sophomore and junior years ... Helped Warren Central continue a 2-5A state-record 22 seasons with an appearance in the playoffs ... Also played basketball ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Chose Southern Miss over Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

Chris J. Johnson 6-1, 285, DT Itawamba CC/East Brewton, Ala.

Played for Coach Jeff Terrill at Itawamba CC ... Finished with 53 tackles, eight sacks (fourth in the state), 9.5 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble ... A second-team all-state selection ... High School: Played high school football for West Neal High School in Alabama ... An all-state, all-region and all-county selection ... A three-sport letterwinner including football, basketball and track ... A three-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Troy.

Richard Kelly 6-4, 250, TE E.D. White HS/Jacksonville, Fla.

Played for Coach Terry Gilliam ... Caught six touchdown passes, averaged 10.5 yards per catch and had 22 pancake blocks during his senior season ... All-conference ... Florida Shrine All-Star ... All-district as a senior ... Helped team advance to the district championship as a senior with a 7-3 record ... Runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash ... Benches 375 pounds and squats 550 pounds ... Also lettered in basketball ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisville and Marshall.

Torris Magee 6-2, 186, WR Oak Grove HS/Hattiesburg, Miss.

A three-year letterwinner for Coach Nevil Barr ... Finished with 43 receptions for a state-best 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns ... Added one kick return for a touchdown, one rushing touchdowns and four interceptions in spot play on defense ... Tallied 40 receptions for 500 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ... Has 11 receptions for 126 yards and one touchdown as a sophomore ... A First-Team All-State selection by The Clarion Ledger ... Named to the WDAM All-Area Team and the Hattiesburg American All-Area Team ... A Mississippi Association of Coaches Second Team All-State selection ... Team finished 12-1 as a senior, losing in the South State finals ... Advanced to the South State title game in both his junior and sophomore seasons, winning the game in his sophomore season ... A three-star rating by rivals.com ... Rated a 3 by The Forrest Davis Recruiting Annual ... A two-star rating by Scout.com ... Named to the Mississippi Top 25 by rivals.com ... A Top 55 receiver by rivals.com ... Named to the Mississippi Hot 35 by Scout.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Texas Tech.

Vontre Mason 6-2, 270, DL Diablo Valley CC/Richmond, Calif.

Played for Coach Ralph Depew at Diablo Valley CC ... Finished with 68 tackles, 15 for loss, 13 sacks, one interception for an 86-yard touchdown, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... An All-Golden Gate conference selection ... All-region and all-state honoree ... Team finished with a 7-4 record and an appearance in the East County bowl game ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over UNLV and Washington State.

Michael McGee 5-10, 175, DB Magee HS/Magee, Miss.

A three-year letterwinner for Coach Jimmy Mangum ... Finished with 110 rushes for 792 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior ... Added 24 receptions for 274 yards and a touchdown, while adding 382 total yards in kick and punt return yards ... On defense, finished with 42 solo tackles and 11 interceptions ... As a junior, had 150 rushes for 1,031 yards and 11 receptions for 142 yards, to go along with 308 yards in returns ... The District 8-3A Defensive Player of the Year ... District MVP as a running back and corner back ... Named to the all-area team ... Also lettered in baseball ... Team had records of 8-3, 9-4, and 8-4 over his senior, junior and sophomore years, respectively ... Team advanced to the second round of the playoffs each season ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Arkansas State.

Sean Merrill 6-4, 290, DL Mississippi Gulf Coast CC/D'Iberville, Miss.

Originally signed with LSU, redshirting in 2003, before transferring to MGCCC following the 2004 season ... Juco: Started the 2005 season at MGCCC for Head Coach Steve Campbell ... Named Defensive MVP in the Dalton Defenders Bowl in Kansas ... Named MVP defensive lineman in the South Division by the MACJC ... Named first team All State and All-Conference in 2005 ... Prep: Played for Coach Louis Smith at D'Iberville HS ... Finished with 93 tackles and 19 sacks as a senior, earning MPSA 4-A Defensive MVP honors and First Team 4-A All-State honors ... Added five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and seven pass deflections, helping D'Iberville to a 13-1 mark and the 4-A state title as a senior ... Added 85 tackles and 14 sacks as a junior and 75 tackles and 12 sacks as a sophomore ... Finished his career with 46 sacks ... Two-time first team All-State and three-time first team All-Gulf Coast ... Ranked as the No. 6 defensive tackle by ESPN.com and ranked as the No. 24 defensive lineman by collegefootballnews.com ... Member of the Rivals 100, Orlando Sentinel All-Southern Team and Fox Sports Net South's Countdown to Signing Day "All-South" Second Team.

Alex Michael 6-4, 300, OL Southeast Lauderdale HS/Meridian, Miss.

Played for Coach Ty Trahan, a former Southern Miss standout linebacker from 1996-1999 ... 2005 Offensive Lineman of the Year ... 2005 Best Defensive Player ... 2005 All-Division 5-3A First Team ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Mississippi Top 125 prospect for 2006 ... 2004 Honorable Mention All-District Best Offensive Lineman ... All-American Scholar ... National Beta Club ... Who's Who Among High School Students in America ... Southeast 21 Club (Students making 21 or better on ACT) ... Holds a 3.70 G.P.A ... Lettered four years in basketball and three in track and field ... Threw the shot putt in track ... Chose Southern Miss over Alabama, Mississippi State and Washington.

Johdrick Morris 6-3, 195, WR Central HS/Baton Rouge, La.

A three-year letterwinner for Coach Keith Menard ... Finished with 42 receptions for 816 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight games (leading Class 5A) ... Was used some in rushing situations and also on defense ... Primarily a defensive back as a junior ... Named to the Class 5A All-State team by the Louisiana Football Coaches Association and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... Named to the 4A-5A All-Metro team by the Baton Rouge Advocate ... An all-district selection ... Also lettered in basketball ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Named to the PelicanPreps.com All-State team ... Team finished with a 4-5 record last season and had a 1-9 mark in 2004 ... Team advanced to the playoffs last season ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisiana Tech and Northwestern (La.) State.

Martez Smith 6-0, 198, LB Velma Jackson HS/Camden, Miss.

Played for Coach Bart King as a defensive end and linebacker ... As a senior, posted 164 total tackles, nine sacks, six forced fumbles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries ... Helped the team to a 10-2 record ... Played in the 2006 Max Emfinger All-American High School Bowl Game ... As a junior, he collected 139 tackles (52 solos, 87 assists), 34 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, one interception, eight pass breakups, six fumble recoveries and scored two defensive touchdowns ... Helped the team to an 11-2 record and a second-round playoff berth ... Tabbed first-team all-state and all-metro ... Second team All-State by The Clarion Ledger ... Also finished third in the state 3A power lifting competition ... Competed in a 7-on-7 camp held by Emfinger in Arlington, Texas following junior season and left with a gold medal finishing with the second-highest individual Nike Sparq score, a rating that measures power, agility and speed through vertical jump, 40-yard dash, bench pressing repetitions of 185 pounds and the shuttle run ... Won the MVP award at a combine at Mississippi State, and has paperwork to play in the U.S. Army All-Star game ... Three-star rating by rivals.com ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Rated a 4 by The Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual ... A two-star rating by Scout.com ... No. 28 outside linebacker by rivals.com ... No. 14 Mississippi player by rivals.com ... Named to the Mississippi Top 12 by Forrest Davis ... A mamber of the Mississippi Hot 35 team by Scout.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Arkansas State, Memphis and Texas.

Ralph Turner 5-9, 185, ATH Cottonwood HS/Cottonwood, Ala.

A three-year starter for Coach Willie Whitcomb ... Finished with 51 catches for 968 yards receiving, eight touchdowns and had a punt return for a touchdown ... Also used as a kick returner ... Had two interceptions and 64 tackles on defense ... All-state honorable mention as a senior ... Team finished 9-4 on the year, advancing to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs ... Team was 9-5 as a junior, making it to the semifinals and 8-4 as a sophomore ... Also lettered three years in baseball ... Chose Southern Miss over Delta State, Tennessee-Martin, West Alabama and Tuskegee.

Tyler Unsworth 6-6, 292, OL Northshore HS/Slidell, La.

Played for Coach Frank Jabbia ... As a senior, graded 91 percent for the season with 30 pancake blocks, and helped pave the way for an offense that gained 200 yards rushing per game ... Team finished 1-5 on the year, playing a shortened season because of Hurricane Katrina ... Named to the Times Picayune "Best of the Rest" ... An all-district selection ... Also lettered in track and basketball ... A three-star rating by rivals.com ... All-Southeast Region by PrepStar ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.

Thomas Webb 6-5, 225, TE Starkville HS/Starkville, Miss.

A three-year letterwinner for Coach Bill Lee ... Finished with 84 tackles, two fumble recoveries, two forced fumbles, four tackles for loss, 10 sacks and three pass breakups ... Also returned a fumble 60 yards for a touchdown ... Named team captain ... Honored as the Best Defensive Lineman ... An all-region selection ... A Second-Team All-State selection by The Clarion Ledger ... Two-year starter ... Named to the Clarion Ledger's Top 40 ... Also lettered three years in baseball, earning all-region and all-area honors ... Holds a 3.2 GPA ... Team finished the season 7-4 with a first round appearance in the playoffs as a senior ... Team had a 5-5 mark in his junior year ... A two-star rating by rivals.com and Scout.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Mississippi State and UAB.

Justin Wilson 6-1, 180, DB Taylorsville HS/Taylorsville, Miss.

A four-year letterwinner for Coach Shannon White ... Finished with 32 catches for 620 yards and eight touchdowns ... Added 61 carries for 340 yards and five touchdowns ... Had five interceptions on defense ... Named to the WDAM All-Area team ... The team's most valuable receiver ... All-district ... Named to The Clarion Ledger Top 40 ... Second-team All-State selection by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball ... Team had an 11-11 record over the last two seasons ... Team made playoffs every year and won the state championship during his freshman season ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisville and Mississippi State.

Martevious Young 6-1, 178, QB Ben Russell HS/Alexander City, Ala.

Played for Coach Willie Carl Martin ... Named a Permanent Starter ... 5A Best Player in state nominee ... A Super 12 selection ... All-district in his junior and senior years ... Went to the playoffs every year as a starter ... Averaged eight to nine wins as a starter each season ... Also played basketball and baseball ... Was a starting pitcher on the state all-star team ... A Bryant Jordan Award nominee for academic and community service ... A two-star rating by rivals.com and Scout.com ... All-Southeast Region by SuperPrep ... Member of the Alabama Hot 50 team by Scout.com ... Chose Southern Miss over Louisville, Clemson, Memphis, Kentucky and Middle Tennessee.

Cameron Zipp 6-2, 297, OL Mandeville HS/Fontainebleau HS

Three-year starter at left tackle for Coach Larry Favre at Fontainebleau HS ... Team lost four games due to Hurricane Katrina as a senior ... Graded at 83 percent as a senior ... Finished with 20 pancake blocks and allowed less than five sacks ... Helped team to a 4-3 record as a senior ... As a junior, helped team to an 11-3 record and semifinal berth in the playoffs ... Graded at 88 percent, with 20 pancakes ... Honorable mention all-state selection by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... Also allowed less than five sacks ... A two-star rating by rivals.com ... Played basketball and baseball as a freshman ... Chose Southern Miss over Air Force, Ole Miss, Army, Louisiana-Lafayette and Navy.

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