Ala/Miss Classic set for Saturday

Published 5:57 pm Thursday, December 10, 2009

MOBILE, Ala. — Seventy-four of the best collegiate football prospects from Alabama and Mississippi arrived in this Port City Monday to begin preparations for Saturday’s 22nd annual Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic.

The game will take place at historic Ladd-Peebles Satadium, with kickoff set for 12:30 in the afternoon, and it will be nationally-televised on the Versus network.

Players go through a week-long series of practices and special events leading up to the game. Over 30 members of this year’s Alabama and Mississippi rosters have already verbally committed to play at SEC and other major schools in 2010, while there are still quite a few players that are uncommitted and still deciding where to play college ball at.

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“I guarantee you if some kid goes out there and has a phenomenal game, that’s going to make an impact,” Vic Knight, executive director of the game, said.

Quite a few of the players arrived here fresh off winning state championships last week, including three members of Hoover’s 6A Alabama state champs and two members of Mississippi’s 6A champs, the South Panola Tigers, which won its sixth state title in seven years.

Former Picayune assistant coach Al Jones, now the head coach at George County High, is one of the assistants for the Mississippi squad.

Mississippi State has six commitments in the game, although two of them — Fairhope quarterback Daryl Norris and Harrison Central offensive lineman Wes Rea — plan to sign with the Bulldogs’ baseball program. The other four, all of whom are on the Mississippi squad, are Yazoo County defensive end Kaleb Eulls, Tylertown quarterback Jameon Lewis, Aberdeen defensive back Jamerson Love and West Point defensive lineman Curtis Virges. Steve McNair Jr., the son of the late NFL quarterback, is among a group of eight Southern Miss commitments, including George County defensive back R.J. Spivery, Harrison Central defensive back Furious Bradley, Taylorsville quarterback Dominique Sullivan, Brassfield linebacker Justin Penn and Louisville receiver Markese Triplett off the Mississippi squad and offensive linemen David Fowler of Daphne and Seth Reedy of Piedmont from the Alabama team.

Ole Miss has no commitments in the game.