BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - In the high school football ranks, Biloxi wide receiver Tim Jones has committed to Southern Miss. The 6'1", 200 pound senior ended his high school career with 209 receptions for 3,524 yards and 29 touchdowns.
Players participating in the the 30th annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star football game checked into Montgomery, Alabama on Monday. The game is set to kick off at noon on Saturday at the Cramton Bowl.
St. Stanislaus quarterback Myles Brennan will be in that number for Mississippi. Brennan told reporters in Montgomery that he remains committed to LSU, but will wait and see who takes over as the Tigers new offensive coordinator. Brennan says Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Florida State coaches have contacted him.
Brennan said if LSU hires Lane Kiffin as the Tigers offensive coordinator, that doesn't mean he won't sign with LSU. He said after speaking with Alabama commitment Tua Tagovailoa, Tua didn't want Brennan to dismiss LSU. Last week LSU head coach Ed Orgeron offered a scholarship to Tagovailoa and that didn't sit well with Brennan. Tagovailoa told Brennan he is fully committed to Alabama, even if Kiffin goes to LSU.
Besides Brennan, St. Stanislaus tight end Chase Rogers, Ocean Springs wide receiver Austin Williams, George County receiver Tyrese Fryfogle, Gautier lineman Paul Plainer, East Central lineman Connor Estes and James Jackson of Pascagoula will be representing the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the All-Star game.
Wayne county's Todd Magnum is Mississippi's head coach and George County head coach Matt Caldwell is Mississippi's offensive line coach.
Last season the Mississippi All-Stars ended a seven-game losing streak to Alabama with a 28-21 win at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.
It's official, LSU running back Leonard Fournette announced on Monday that he would declare for the 2017 NFL Draft after the Tigers battle Louisville in the Citrus Bowl facing Louisville on December 31 in Orlando. Fournette said he expects to play in the bowl game.
Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross has received an invite to the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl in Mobile on January 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Teammate Jamaal Clayborn, a senior center for the Bulldogs will play in the 2017 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 21 at California State University in Dominguez Hills.
Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly also received an invite to the Senior Bowl along with LSU wide receiver Travin Dural.
Southern Miss football coach Jay Hopson says he and his Golden Eagles are looking forward to the 2016 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on December 17 facing Louisiana-Lafayette.
"Just really excited about the bid to the New Orleans Bowl, "said Hopson. "It's a great local destination for us. Certainly excited about the possibility of a really big crowd and a great bowl setting and, of course, New Orleans is a great town. There's no better bowl setting. We're just excited to be there."
Coach Hopson said his team is getting healthier.
"Quarterback Nick Mullens was healthy for the Louisiana Tech game and he's now 100 percent, "stated Hopson. "We're still waiting on Parker Shaunfield, hoping to get our kicker back at 100 percent. We've been without our kicker for 2-3 weeks. It would be good to get back D.J. Thompson back. he's been out since the Marshall game. It was good to get him back last week. We're getting healthier."
Coach Hopson said Louisiana-Lafayette has tremendous coaches and that Southern Miss has all the respect in the world for them.
"It's two teams with great traditions and should be an exciting game, "said Hopson.