SBLive’s 2020 preseason Mississippi high school football all-state team

Here is SBLive’s 2020 preseason all-state first team for Mississippi high school football. The statewide team spans all Mississippi high school classifications and was compiled by SBLive reporter Tyler Cleveland.

Players were selected based on last season’s performance, offseason observations and conversations with coaches.

PRESEASON ALL-STATE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

QB – Ty Keyes – Senior – Taylorsville

Keyes could end up being the state’s all-time leader in career passing yards after averaging better than 4,000 yards a season in his first three seasons. He is committed to Tulane. (Ty Keyes feature photo by Keith Warren)

RB – Jarquez Hunter, Senior, Neshoba Central

He could have made this list as a defensive back, but Hunter is arguably the top running back prospect in the state after averaging 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns over the past two seasons.

Jarquez Hunter, Neshoba Central RB
(Photo by Keith Warren)

WR – Deion Smith, Senior, Jackson Academy

Smith, the top ranked recruit for Mississippi’s class of 2021, transferred from Provine after the Rams canceled their season along with the rest of Jackson Public Schools. That’s bad news for the rest of the MAIS.

WR – Antonio Harmon, Senior, Kosciusko

Harmon has averaged 19.8 yards per reception in his first three seasons of varsity football and is a huge contributor on the defensive side at corner as well. He holds offers from all three of Mississippi’s FBS teams, plus Georgia, LSU and Texas.

WR – Isaiah Brevard, Senior, Southaven

Brevard was hurt most of his junior season and only played in three games, but that didn’t keep the college recruiters from beating down his door trying to sign the 6-foot-4, 200-pound ball-catching machine.

TE – Jalen Shead, Senior, Olive Branch

Shead already overcame his biggest challenge of his senior season at Olive Branch when he chose to accept a scholarship offer from reigning national championship LSU over Nick Saban and Alabama.

OL – Makylan Pounders, Senior, Byhalia

Pounders is ranked as a 3-star prospect and the No. 51 overall guard in the country for the class of 2021, according to 247sports.com. The 14th-ranked recruit in Mississippi for the class of 2021, Pounders committed to Mississippi State back in April.

OL – Gabe Cavazos, Senior, Lake Cormorant

Cavazos is rated as a 3-star prospect and the No. 102-ranked tackle in the nation for the class of 2021. The No. 20 overall recruit for Mississippi this year committed to Mississippi State in early August.

OL – Reid Gavin, Senior, South Jones

South Jones’ splendid 6-foot-4, 310-pound tackle Reid Gavin makes most of the defenders he faces a non-factor, and that’s helped him garner some accolades off the field. Gavin, rated as a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com, is also ranked as the No. 165 tackle in the nation for the class of 2021. 

OL – Bryson Hurst, Junior, Gautier

At 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Hurst already holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Florida State and Missouri, among others.

OL – Zyrus Craft, Junior, Mt. Olive

Craft recently transferred from Magee to Mt. Olive. The junior already holds offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Jackson State and Alcorn headed into his junior season.

DEFENSE

DL – Cole Daniels, Senior, Sumrall

Daniels is strong as an ox and put together a solid junior season with 60 total tackles, including 13 in the opposing backfield, with two sacks. The 3-star prospect is currently rated as the No. 29 overall player for the class of 2021 in Mississippi and the 102nd-rated interior defensive lineman in the country, according to 247sports. He committed to South Alabama back on April 1.

DL – Thurman Rayborn, Senior, Horn Lake

As a junior, Rayborn recorded 12 tackles behind the line and put together a highlight reel that is 7.5 minutes of pure domination. He’s currently rated as the No. 34 overall prospect for the class of 2021 and the 117th best defensive lineman in the country, according to 247sports.

DL – Jaheim Oatis, Junior, Columbia

Oatis was on college recruiters’ radars long before he entered high school. The 4-star prospect posted a photo of himself with Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban just before his 8th grade season. Rated as the No. 2 overall prospect for the class of 2022 in Mississippi, Oatis still holds offers from LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, among others.

DL – Ty Cooper, Senior, Louisville

As a junior, Cooper was credited with 63 total tackles, including a whopping 21 stops behind the line of scrimmage with nine sacks. He holds offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Colorado and Tennessee, among others.

LB – Joseph Perryman, Senior, Madison Central

Perryman, one half of Madison Central’s splendid twin linebackers, recorded 62 tackles as a junior a year ago, earning him offers from the likes of Louisville and Georgia Tech.

Joseph Perryman, Madison Central
Joseph Perryman, No. 22 (Photo by Tim Ward)

LB – Josiah Perryman, Senior, Madison Central

The only thing better for Madison Central than having one linebacker with Perryman’s talent is having two of them.

LB – Stone Blanton, Junior, Madison-Ridgeland Academy

ESPN ranks him as the 5th overall linebacker prospect in the country for 2022, and the college recruiters seem to agree – Blanton holds offers from half of the SEC and ACC schools.

DB – M.J. Daniels, Senior, George County

Daniels holds offers from at least 12 different schools, including from Georgia, Texas A&M and Auburn, as well as all three of Mississippi’s FBS schools. He de-committed from Ole Miss in June and, as of early September, he remains uncommitted.

DB – Justin Walley, Senior, D’Iberville

The rising senior has been starting since he was a freshman and has taken on a bigger role for the Warriors each season. Walley has six career interceptions in 33 games and has been credited with 163 tackles, including 74 last season. He also forced seven fumbles and blocked two punts and a field goal last season.

DB – Brendan Toles, Senior, Lafayette

In 11 games last year, Toles recorded one interception and was credited with 52 total stops. He was instrumental in helping the Commodores to a 9-2 regular season record and a playoff win over Holmes County Central. The No. 150 overall cornerback prospect in the country (according to 247sports.com) recently announced he was switching his commitment from Louisiana Tech to Mississippi State.

DB – Khamauri Rogers, Junior, Holmes County

Rogers caused all kinds of problems for opposing receivers in his sophomore season. He was credited with breaking up 22 passes and recorded four interceptions to go along with 46 tackles. With more than 27 offers, it seems like every school in the country is vying for Rogers’ services at the next level. He’s already committed to LSU

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