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LB | 6'3 | 235 | Santa Ana College (CA) | San Juan Capistrano, CA
Santa Ana College (CA):
Reda has played the last two seasons for Geoff Jones at Santa Ana College, where he posted 174 career tackles to go along with 10 sacks, as well as a fumble recovery that he returned 77 yards for a touchdown in
the two-year stint. He was an All-East Conference selection twice and was his team's defensive Most Valuable Player his sophomore campaign.
As a prep standout, Reda played for Eric Patton at San Clemente High School where he tallied 130 career tackles with 10 sacks as he earned three varsity letters there. He was an all-County and All-conference
selection his senior campaign.
Coahoma CC (MS):
Williams, at 6-foot-3, 245, played the last two seasons for coach Freeman Horton at Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Miss.
Prior to his two-year junior college stint, Williams played both offensive and defensive line at Rosa Fort High School for coach Terry Smith. His senior squad reached the first round of the state playoffs. He
tallied 12 tackles in a game against Hernando and 14 stops and a forced fumble against Lafayette. Williams added two sacks against in a 26-25 victory over Senatobia his senior campaign as well.
QB | 6'5 | 200 | Mount Pisgah Christian (GA) | Johns Creek, GA
Played for coach Doug Dixon at Mount Pisgah Christian ... A two-time All-State selection ... Threw for 1808 yards on 123-of-213 passing with 14 touchdowns ... Rushed for 507 yards on 79 carries with six touchdowns ...
A two-star recruit by Rivals.com, ESPN and Scout.com.
CB | 6'0 | 180 | Briarwood Christian (AL) | Birmingham, AL
Played for coach Fred Yancey at Briarwood Christian HS ... Recorded 29 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass break ups during the 2011 season ... A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN ... Rated
as the No. 56 cornerback nationally by ESPN and No. 102 by Scout.com.
Played for coach Mark Heaton at Escambia County HS ... Tallied 15 tackles for loss and six sacks as a junior ... Ranked as the No. 4 defensive tackle by ESPN Scouting and No. 87 by Scout.com ... A three-star
recruit according to ESPN and Scout.com and a two-star recruit from Rivals.com ... Also a member of the basketball team.
Played for coach Phillip Payne at Peabody Magnet HS ... Rushed for 2,289 yards and 33 touchdowns on 263 carries as a junior ... A two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN ... Rated as the No. 136 running back in the nation by ESPN.
DL | 6'7 | 260 | North West Rankin HS (MS) | Flowood, MS
Played for coach Pete Hurt at Northwest Rankin HS which finished 11-2 his senior campaign... Tallied 86 tackles, one interception and 12 sacks over his senior campaign ... Added a blocked punt and an interception ... Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All Star game at defensive end ... A two-star recruit from Scout.com and three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 159 nationally defensive end by Scout.com ... Also a standout on the basketball team ... A Top 40 Most Wanted player in the state of Mississippi by the Clarion-Ledger.
OL | 6'3 | 274 | Tylertown HS (MS) | Tylertown, MS
Played for coach Walter Denton at Tylertown High School ... Helped lead the team to an 11-2 record and a No. 21 ranking in Mississippi by MaxPreps.com ... A two-star rated offensive lineman by Scout.com ... All-Area selection by the McComb Enterprise-Journal ... A first-team All-District 7-4A selection ... Participated in the 61st Bernard Blackwell North/South All Star Classic.
OL | 6'3 | 325 | Harrison Central HS (MS) | Gulfport, MS
Played for coach Sheldon Black at Harrison Central HS and helped his team average almost 300 yards per contest ... Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game ... A two-star recruit by Scout.com ... A preseason Elite 11 prospect by WLOX ... A member of the Sun Herald's All-South Mississippi team.
LB | 6'3 | 215 | North Forrest HS (MS) | Hattiesburg, MS
Played for coach Matt Caldwell at North Forrest HS ... Tallied 61 tackles, four for loss, with one interception and seven pass breakups ... Also rushed 53 times for 306 yards and one touchdown ... Ranked as the No. 17 overall player in Mississippi by Rivals.com and the No. 65 outside linebacker nationally by the service ... A three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com and a two-star recruit by ESPN ... A Top 40 High School Most Wanted performer by the Clarion-Ledger and an All-Area selection by the Hattiesburg American.
Played for coach John Perry at Pearl HS ... Had 59 receptions for 773 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior ... returned 16 punts for 264 yards with a long of 68 ... Added seven kickoff returns for 169 yards, while also tallying one interception ... Participated in the Mississippi-Alabama All Star Game ... A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN ... Rated as the No. 21 prospect in the state of Mississippi by Rivals.com and No. 14 by ESPN ... Rated as the No. 98 wide receiver nationally by ESPN and No. 140 by ESPN ... A Top 40 Most Wanted player in the state of Mississippi by the Clarion-Ledger.
OL | 6'5 | 270 | Louisburg College (NC) | Charleston, SC
Played for coach John Sala at Louisburg College and spent one year on the offensive line ... A first-team All-Northeast Football Conference selection as a freshman ... Will have three years of eligibility at Southern Miss.
Prepped at West Ashley High School under coach Robert Marion ... Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.
S | 6'2 | 220 | Prattville HS (AL) | Prattville, AL
Played for coach Jamey Dubose at Prattville HS ... Recorded 44 tackles and one interception and added 251 yards rushing and five touchdowns as his school won the 2011 state championship ... A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and a two-star recruit by Scout.com and ESPN ... Played in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game as a running back ... Nicknamed "Dee" ... An All-City, All-County and All-Metro selection and also has played basketball for three seasons ... Related to former NFL running back Antowain Smith.
RB | 5'8 | 185 | White Castle HS (LA) | White Castle, LA
Played for coach Ferrante Dominique at White Castle HS ... Led the team to the Louisiana 1-A State Championship as a junior ... Had 172 carries for 1,888 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior campaign ... Ran for more than 3,200 yards rushing and 40 touchdowns as a junior ... A two-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com and a three-star prospect by ESPN ... A first-team 1A All-State selection at athlete by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... An All-Area selection by the Baton Rouge Advocate.
LB | 6'2 | 225 | Bessemer Academy (AL) | Bessemer, AL
Played for coach Josh Wright at Bessemer Academy ... Tallied 81 total tackles during his senior campaign including seven sacks with one interception ... Totaled 70 tackles, 11 for loss, with seven sacks as a junior with a pair of picks ... Also caught 32 passes for 417 yards and six touchdowns ... A three-star recruit by Rivals.com and rated as the No. 38 prospect in Alabama ... Named as a Top Player on the ESPN High School All-Alabama team ... Also a three-star rating from ESPN and the No. 32 prospect in Alabama.
Played for coach Mario Allen at Columbia HS ... A three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN ... Ranked as the No. 50 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com and the No. 75 wide receiver nationally ... Had 25 catches for 442 yards and five touchdowns in his senior campaign.
Played for current Southern Miss assistant head coach Steve Buckley at Petal High School ... Led the Panthers to the state championship game in 6A this past fall ... Threw for 2,058 yards with 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior ... Also rushed for 1,731 yards and 24 touchdowns ... Ranked as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com and the No. 2 player in the state of Mississippi ... Rated as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and the No. 157 prospect overall ... Participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Mississippi-Alabama All Star game and was the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and senior, marking the first time a player from the state has done that ... A Dandy Dozen pick, Top 10 Most Wanted selection and first-team all-state selection by the Clarion-Ledger ... All-Area team selection by the Hattiesburg American ... A member of the ESPNU 150 ... Standout baseball player as well, playing in the Under Armor All-American game in Chicago at Wrigley Field.
Played for coach Jim Bloomfield at Vancleave HS ... Tallied 143 tackles as a junior and a team-high 116 stops as a senior ... Participated in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic ... A two-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN ... Ranked as the No. 59 MLB prospect nationally by ESPN and No. 78 nationally by Scout.com
Played for coach Rodney Saulsberry at Whitehaven HS ... A three-star prospect by Rivals.com and a two-star prospect by Scout.com ... Earned second team All-District 16-AAA honors from the Commercial Appeal.
Played for coach Alphonso Pogue at Carver-Montgomery HS ... A very dominating player who tallied 72 total tackles from his interior line position as a senior to go along with eight sacks ... A four-year starter ... A two-star prospect by 247sports.com ... Had a 390-lb. bench press, which was the strongest on his team over the last three years ... Member of the 1,600 lb. Club for four years.
Played for coach Chris Teal at Poplarville High School ... Caught 32 passes for 599 yards as a senior with a long of 54 ... Had six touchdown receptions ... Also ran track and participated in the jumps ... Placed second in the state triple jump and high jump competitions ... A two-star recruit from Scout.com.
Played for coach David Powell at McAdory HS ... Started every game since his freshman season ... A three-star recruit by Scout.com and a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN ... Rated as the No. 67 safety in the nation by Scout.
Jones County JC:
Played for coach Eddie Pierce at Jones County JC ... Originally signed with Southern Miss as part of the 2010 class ... Tallied 36 total tackles, three for loss, with six sacks and a forced fumble ... Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Prepped at Midfield HS ... Ranked as the No. 26 defensive end prospect nationally and No. 21 player in the state coming out of high school ... Tallied eight tackles for Homewood ... Moved to state of Alabama following Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.