Southern Miss Football 2004 Signee Roster
|Britt Barefoot||K/P||6-1||170||Laurel, Miss/West Jones HS|
|C.J. Barrows||RB||6-2||195||Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern HS|
|Ivory Bradshaw||ATH||6-2||185||Bastrop, La./Bastrop HS|
|Travis Clark||QB||6-0||200||Lincolnton, Ga./Lincoln County HS|
|Dustin Danzie||DB||6-1||180||Homer, La./Homer HS|
|Eric Elijah||DL||6-3||305||Donalsonville, Ga./Seminole Co. HS|
|Wesley Housley||OL||6-3||270||LaPlace, La./East St. John's HS|
|Cedrick Jones||DE||6-6||225||Waynesboro, Miss./Wayne Co. HS|
|Cole Mason||FB||6-1||240||Parrish, Ala./Parrish HS|
|Gerald McRath||OLB||6-2||210||Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern HS|
|Tony Miner||RB||5-10||200||Jackson, Miss./Jim Hill HS|
|Lance Moore||DB||6-1||175||Leaksville, Miss./Greene Co. HS|
|Shawn Nelson||TE||6-4||220||Gonzales, La./East Ascension HS|
|Eric Phillips||DL||6-6||250||Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah HS|
|Brandon Sumrall||DB||5-11||185||Beaumont, Miss./Perry Central HS|
|Maurice Taylor||WR||6-0||160||Vicksburg, Miss./Vicksburg HS|
|Philip Tobias||OL||6-4||280||Brookhaven, Miss./Brookhaven HS|
|Ladarius Webb||DB/ATH||6-0||160||Opelika, Ala./Beauregard HS|
|Eddie Willingham||DB||5-11||170||Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze HS|
Britt Barefoot, K/P, 6-1, 170, Laurel, Miss./West Jones HS
Played for Coach Scott Pierson ... Two-year starter ... Helped lead West Jones to a 13-1 record and advance to the South State Championship Game ... Advanced to the South State Championship Game the past two years ... 37 punts for an average of 43.78 yards per punt ... Placed 16 punts inside the 20-yard line ... 67 touchbacks on 85 kickoffs ... Kicked nine field goals and missed only one of 54 extra points ... 38 receptions for 950 yards and scored 13 touchdowns ... Scored 158 points with touchdowns, extra points and field goals combined ... First-team All-State 4-A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... First-team All-State by The Clarion Ledger ... Laurel Leader Call Jones County Player of the Year ... WDAM Offensive Player of the Week ... Region 5-4A Special Teams Player of the Year ... Two-star rating (5.2) by rivals.com ... Also recruited by Louisiana Tech.
C.J. Barrows, RB, 6-2, 195, Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern HS
Played for Coach Jim Dorsey ... 159 carries for 1,514 yards rushing, an average of 9.5 yards per carry and scored 14 touchdowns ... Averaged 151.4 yards a game ... Long run of 67 yards ... 14 receptions for 134 yards, an average of 9.6 yards per catch and scored one touchdown ... Single-season and career rushing leader ... Rushed for 930 yards on 100 carries as a junior ... All-Cobb County Touchdown Club ... Second team All-State ... North-South All-Star Game ... Marietta Daily Journal First-Team All-Area ... Atlanta Journal Constitution First-Team All-Metro ... Atlanta Journal Constitution's Top 50 in Georgia ... Cobb County Super 11 ... Cobb County Dynamite Dozen ... All-State honorable-mention as a junior ... Three-star rating (5.7) rating by rivals.com as a running back ... rivals.com Georgia Top 50 (17) ... rivals.com Southeast Elite 88 (74) ... rivals.com athlete rankings (23) ... Rated No. 44 in Georgia by SuperPrep ... Two-star rating and No. 65 in the nation as a safety by TheInsiders.com ... Also recruited by Illinois, BYU and North Carolina.
Ivory Bradshaw, ATH, 6-2, 185, Bastrop, La./Bastrop HS
Played for Coach Brad Bradshaw ... Three-year starter who helped Bastrop to a 33-4 record, two District 1-4A championships and a pair of state quarterfinal appearances ... Two-year starter at tight end before being moved to wide receiver his senior year ... Caught 15 passes for a team-high 296 yards and two touchdowns ... Returned two kickoffs for 90 yards, including a 73-yarder for a touchdown ... Rushed five times for 31 yards and scored a touchdown ... Two-time all-district selection ... Selected to play in the Louisiana East/West All-Star Game ... Also lettered in track ... Helped Bastrop to the district track title as a junior ... He qualified for state in the triple jump and also competes in the long jump and high jump ... Selected MVP of district ... Two-star rating by rivals.com (5.1) .. No. 27 in the state of Louisiana by SuperPrep .... A 9.25 rating by Zem's Gems and No. 60 in his top 100 from the state of Louisiana ... No. 4 defensive back rated by Zem's Gems ... A 4.0 rating by Max Emfinger's Football Recruiting ... Two-star rating by TheInsiders.com and 104th nationally ... A 3.0 rating by Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual ... Also recruited by Oklahoma State.
Ricardo Clark, OL, 6-3, 290, Shannon, Miss./Itawamba CC
Two-year starter at Itawamba Community College ... Second-Team All-State ... Member of offense that rushed for 188 yards a game ... 2002 graduate of Shannon High School ... Son of Dennis and Ressia Clark.
Travis Clark, QB, 6-0, 200, Lincolnton, Ga./Lincoln County HS
Played for Coach Larry Campbell at Lincoln County his senior season ... Completed 95 of 169 passes for 1,685 yards, threw 17 touchdowns and had nine interceptions ... Long pass of 73 yards ... Ran the ball 98 times for 589 yards, an average of 6.01 yards per carry and scored 11 touchdowns ... Long run of 50 yards ... 1A Player of the Year in North Georgia by the Georgia Coaches Association ... First-Team All-State 1A ... First-Team All-State as a punter ... First-Team All-Central Savannah River Association (Combination of Georgia/South Carolina) ... Led his team to a14-0 record as the starter and an appearance in the state championship game ... Threw for a season high 352 yards against Warren County High School ... Ran for a season-high 99 yards against Metter High School ... Rated No. 30 pro-style passer by rivals.com ... Three-star (5.5) rating by rivals.com ... Also recruited by Memphis and Middle Tennessee State.
Dustin Danzie, DB, 6-1, 180, Homer, La./Homer HS
Played for Coach Glen Kyle ... As a senior, Homer finished 5-5 and advanced to the state playoffs ... Danzie helped lead Homer to the state playoffs three of his four years and Homer has advanced to the state playoffs 13 of the last 14 years ... As a senior, he had 41 tackles, seven knockdowns and three tackles for loss ... Finished with six interceptions as a senior and collected 16 for his career ... Offensively, he had 511 rushing yards and scored 14 touchdowns ... He had 458 passing yards and threw for four touchdowns ... As a junior, he had 51 tackles, six interceptions, 11 knockdowns and three tackles for loss ... Had 16 kickoff returns for 368 yards, including a 94-yard return for a touchdown ... Selected all-state as a defensive back ... Selected to the District 1-2A first-team as a quarterback ... First-team All-Area by the Shreveport Times ... Named to the all-state team (DB) as a junior ... Also runs track, competing in the 100m, 200m, 4x100 and 4x200 relays ... Recruited by TCU.
Eric Elijah, DL, 6-4, 305, Donalsonville, Ga./Seminole County HS
Played for Coach Aubrey Moree ... Three-year starter on the defensive line ... Three-year starter on the offensive line ... Finished with 65 tackles, six tackles for loss and five sacks as a senior ... A second-team all-region 1A offensive lineman and first-team All-Region 1A defensive lineman as a senior ... A second-team all-region 1A offensive lineman and first-team All-Region 1A defensive lineman as a junior ... Two-star rating by TheInsiders.com ... Two-star (5.1) rating by rivals.com ... Recruited by Louisville and UCF.
Wesley Housley, OL, 6-3, 270, LaPlace, La./East St. John HS
Played for Coach Larry Dauterive ... Three-year starter .... As a senior anchoring the offensive line, helped paved the way for 521 yards of total offense and 53 points a game, most of all classes ... Graded 85 percent for the year ... Team finished with a 10-2 record and lost in the second round of the Class 5A state playoffs ... Member of the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 5A All-State First-Team as a lineman ... All-Region ... Two-star (5.2) rating by rivals.com ... 11th-best lineman in the state of Louisiana rated by Zem's Gems ... A 9.25 rating by Zem's Gems ... Recruited by Louisiana Tech, Louisville and Indiana.
Thomas Johnson, DL, 6-4, 290, Moss Point, Miss./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Two-year starter at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College .. Second-Team All-NJCAA All-American ... Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game ... First-Team All-State ... Team's Defensive Line Most Valuable Player .. No. 16 junior college prospect on the Sun Herald's Top 50 Junior College List ... First-Team All-Region ... Collected 50 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks and forced a fumble ... Three-year starter at Moss Point High School ... Helped Moss point to a state runner-up finish as a senior and a 13-1 and state championship season as a junior ... Named to the Sun Herald's All-Coast Team ... Son of Tom, Sr., and Lenora Johnson.
Cedrick Jones, DE, 6-6, 225, Waynesboro, Miss./Wayne County HS
Played for Coach Marcus Boyles ... Helped lead Wayne County to a 14-1 record and the Class 4-A state championship ... He finished with 86 tackles, 19 sacks and one fumble recovery ... Had 95 tackles, 15 sacks and three fumble recoveries as a junior ... First-team All-State by The Clarion Ledger ... Two-time All-Area selection ... Top 101 seniors to watch heading into the 2003 season ... The Clarion Ledger's Top 40 ... Starter on the basketball team that advanced to the state semifinals last season ... Rated No. 20 nationally with a three-star rating by TheInsiders.com ... SuperPrep National Top 275, rating 44th among defensive lineman ... No. 3 in the state of Mississippi by SuperPrep ... Two-star (5.2) rating by rivals.com ... Recruited by Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Joseph Leech, OL, 6-4, 280, Amory, Miss./Itawamba CC
Two-year starter at Itawamba Community College ... First-Team All-State ... Team captain ... Member of offense that rushed for 188 yards a game ... 2001 graduate of Smithville High School .... Son of Cindy West.
Cole Mason, FB, 6-1, 240, Parrish, Ala./Parrish HS
Played for Coach Scott Basden ... Two-year starter ... Helped Parrish High School finish with a 13-1 record and the Class 1-A state championship as a senior ... As a junior, Parrish advanced to the state semifinals ... Finished with 1,940 yards and scored 27 touchdowns as a senior ... Collected 115 tackles as a linebacker ... As a junior, he rushed for 1,817 yards and scored 28 touchdowns ... Finished with 121 tackles ... Selected to the 1-A All-State team as a linebacker by the Alabama Sports Writers Association ... All-County on both offense and defense ... Also plays baseball ... Ranked 17th overall in the state by SuperPrep ... A three-star rating by Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual ... Two-star rating by TheInsiders.com ... Two-star (5.3) rating by rivals.com ... Recruited by Kentucky.
Gerald McRath, OLB, 6-2, 210, Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern HS
Played for Coach Jim Dorsey ... Team captain ... Finished with 85 tackles, including 59 solo tackles, three tackles for loss ... One interception, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and five quarterback hurries ... Named to the Marietta Daily Journal Dynamite Dozen ... Cobb County Super 11 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution ... Named All-Cobb County ... Atlanta Journal Constitution's Georgia Top 50 ... Also lettered in wrestling ... Two-star (5.2) rating by rivals.com ... Listed as the 32nd best player in Georgia by SuperPrep ... Three-star rating by TheInsiders.com ... Rated No. 69 nationally among linebackers by TheInsiders.com ... Recruited by BYU, East Carolina and Auburn.
Tony Miner, RB, 5-10, 200, Jackson, Miss./Jim Hill HS
Played for Coach Daryl Jones ... Three-year starter at running back and safety ... As a senior, rushed for 790 yards and scored nine touchdowns on 107 carries, an average of 7.4 yards per carry ... Also, had 100 yards receiving and one touchdown on 13 receptions ... Finished with over 1,000 all-purpose yards as a junior and a senior ... Had two fumble recoveries as strong safety ... Two-time all-district ... 2003 team's offensive most valuable player ... Also lettered in track ... Honored as the best sprinter for three years ... Anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team that won the state 5A champiponship ... Finished second in 100m dash in District 4-4A ... The Clarion Ledger's State Top 40 ... Two-star rating (5.1) by rivals.com ... Two-star ratings by TheInsiders.com.
Lance Moore, DB, 6-1, 175, Leaksville, Miss./Greene County
Played for Coach Johnny Ainsworth ... Three-year starter ... Led his team to an 11-4 record, including the Class 3-A MHSAA State championship ... Also 12-1 as a junior, making an appearance in the South State semifinal game ... Finished with 15 interceptions as a senior, tying Tennesee Titan Steve McNair for the state record ... Also had two touchdown receptions as a wide receiver ... Finished with 10 interceptions as a junior ... Named second-team all-state 3-A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Named second team all-state by The Clarion Ledger ... Selected All-Division 8-3A ... Player of the Game for the championship game ... In his four year career, the team collected 40 wins and advanced to the state playoffs all four years ... Also lettered in basketball and was a member of the 2003 state championship baseball team ... Two-star (5.1) rating by rivals.com ... Named to The Clarion Ledger's Top 40 ... Recruited by Louisiana-Lafayette.
Shawn Nelson, TE, 6-4, 220, Gonzales, La./East Ascension HS
Played for Coach Bill Beasley ... Team captain ... Helped lead team to a 10-3 record and the tri-district championship (7-4A) ... Team advanced to quarterfinals of state playoffs ... Louisiana Football Coaches Association All-State Team ... All-district ... Named to the Max Emfinger Louisiana High School Football Super Team All-State ... Rated a 9.25 and No. 47 in the state of Louisiana by Zem's Gems ... Rated No. 42 in the state by Dandy Don's ... A two-star (5.2) rating by rivals.com ... Recruited by Indiana, Mississippi State, Louisiana Tech and Tulane.
Howard Overby, DB, 6-0, 200, Mendenhall, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln CC
Two-year starter at Copiah-Lincoln Community College ... Played in the Mississippi Junior College All-Star Game ... Two-time All-State selection ... Finished with 20 tackles, 11 solo and nine assists and had three interceptions ... All-Region 23 ... Clarion Ledger's Top 25 Junior College Recruit List ... Three-year starter at Mendenhall High School ... Son of Dora Smith
Eric Phillips, DL, 6-6, 250, Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah HS
Played for Coach Ronald Cheatham, former Southern Miss great ... Three-year starter on both offense and defense ... Graded out high as an offensive lineman, allowing only one sack as the blindside protector ... On defense, he finished with 70 tackles, including 55 solo stops, five sacks and one safety ... Wenonah advanced to the state playoffs three of Phillips' four years ... Honorable-Mention All-State ... First-Team All-Metro ... First-Team All-City ... Also plays basketball ... Two-star (5.3) rating by rivals.com ... Named "Best of the Rest" for Alabama by Forrest Davis' Football Recruiting Annual ... One-star rating by TheInsiders.com ... Recruited by Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Troy State and UAB.
Brandon Sumrall, DB, 5-11, 185, Beaumont, Miss./Perry Central HS
Played for Coach Perry Wheat ... Rushed for 1,566 yards and scored 22 touchdowns on 171 carries, an average of 9.2 yards a carry ... Also passed for 365 yards on 19-of-41 and had 285 receiving yards and 240 kick return yards ... Defensively, he had 139 tackles and one interception ... Team finished 7-5 and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs ... Selected first-team all-state class 2-A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Co-MVP of District 8-2A ... Named to the Hattiesburg American and WDAM's All-Area teams ... Named Mr. Perry Central ... Also played basketball and runs track ... The Clarion Ledger Top 40 ... Two-star (5.2) rating by rivals.com ... Recruited by Ole Miss.
Maurice Taylor, WR, 6-0, 160, Vicksburg, Miss./Vicksburg HS
Played for Coach Alonzo Stephens ... As a senior, finished with 624 rushing yards and scored six touchdowns, an average of 7.5 yard per carry ... Had 17 catches for 318 yards and scored three touchdowns, an average of 16.3 yards a catch ... In his career, he rushed for 1,185 yards and scored 13 touchdowns ... Finished with 58 catches for 948 yards and scored nine touchdowns ... Team finished with a 7-5 record ... Advanced to the first round of the state playoffs as a junior and lost in the North State Final as a sophomore ... Named all-county and all-district first-team for two years ... Also lettered in track ... State 100m and 200m champion in Class 5-A ... Team's Most Outstanding wide receiver ... Two-stars (5.1) rating by rivals.com ... One-star rating by TheInsiders.com ... Recruited by Mississippi State, and Ole Miss.
Philip Tobias, OL, 6-4, 290, Brookhaven, Miss./Brookhaven HS
Played for Coach Tucker Peavey ... Three-year letterwinner ... Played tight end as a sophomore and defensive end his final two seasons ... As a senior, he finished with 88 tackles, 14 sacks and six fumble recoveries ... In his career, he recorded 152 tackles, 24.5 sacks and scored three touchdowns, 13 pass breakups, six forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries ... Selected first-team All-State by The Clarion Ledger ... Second-team all-state Class 4-A by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... Top defensive player of Region 6-4A ... Two-time all-region ... Two-time All-Lincoln County ... Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star ... The Clarion Ledger Top 40 ... Rated No. 17 in the state of Mississippi by rivals.com ... Two-star (5.2) rating by rivals.com ... Two-star rating by TheInsiders.com ... Recruited by Mississippi State.
Ladarius Webb, DB/ATH, 6-0, 160, Opelika, Ala./Beauregard HSPP
Played for Coach Rodger McDonald ... Three-year starter ... As a senior, rushed for 738 yards and scored 15 touchdowns ... Finished with 412 yards passing and threw four touchdowns ... Defensively, he had 52 tackles, three fumble recoveries ... Led the state of Alabama with 10 interceptions ... As a junior, he rushed for 1,011 yards and scored 12 touchdowns ... Passed for 731 yards and six touchdowns ... Had 47 tackles, two fumble recoveries and seven interceptions ... Team record was 7-4 and advanced to the state playoffs ... Advanced to the playoffs as a junior as well ... Team's MVP ... First-team all-state as a defensive back ... Two-time first-team Opelika-Auburn News selection ... Lettered in basketball, where he was an all-state selection as a junior ... He was picked to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game as a junior ... Two-time first-team Opelika-Auburn News selection in basketball ... Also runs track, where he won the state long jump and triple jump as a junior ... Two-star (5.2) rating by rivals.com ... Recruited by Louisville and Troy State.
Eddie Willingham, DB, 5-11, 170, Daytona Beach, Fla./Seabreeze HS
Played for Coach Mark Beech ... As a senior, he split time at tailback his first three games, accumulating 300 yards before being moved to cornerback for the rest of the season ... Finished with 53 tackles, five pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two interceptions ... Named all-district ... Ran a 4.4 at the Nike Combine at the University of Florida ... Lettered in basketball ... One-star rating by TheInsiders.com ... Two-star (5.3) rating by rivals.com ... Recruited by East Carolina, Louisville, USF and Wake Forest.
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