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All-Mississippi: The First-Team D'

THE FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

This is the last of two final installments of a series naming the 2013 247Sports All-State/All-Prospect Team. Today we introduce the 247Sports Mississippi All-State/All-Prospect First Team Defense. The Second and Third Team Defenses, which were released earlier this week, are attached below.

Players were selected on several criteria after extensive conversations with coaching staffs across Mississippi and other news media. The criteria included the player’s on-the-field performance this season, his standing and potential as a recruit to play FBS football beyond high school and film critique. The teams were selected by the staff of Rebels247 with input from the national recruiting directors at Varsity Preps. The process was a very difficult undertaking and we know our selections, as are the selections of any all-star team, are open for debate.

247SPORTS ALL-STATE ALL-PROSPECT TEAM

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

DL Breeland Speaks

Callaway High School, Class of 2014

Speaks has his Callaway team on the cusp of a state title game appearance. So far this season, he has registered 108 tackles and an amazing 26.5 tackles for loss. He also has nine quarterback sacks and 10 QB hurries. He moves around from end to defensive tackle and is effective at both spots. He may be the most feared pass rusher in the state. The 6-3, 270-punder is rated as the No. 36 defensive tackle prospect in the nation and that’s likely where he will play on the next level. He is committed to Ole Miss.

Offers: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Florida State, South Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss

Wilkinson County athlete Devin Voorhies

DL Darrius Liggins

Oxford High School, Class of 2014

Liggins is long and athletic with a frame that could blossom on the next level. He has helped lead Oxford to the Class 5A North-Half title game this Friday opposite Callaway. So far this season, the 6-4.5, 230-pounder has 78 tackles, including 11 for loss. He also has seven sacks and an interception to his credit. Liggins is committed to Mississippi State. He is rated as the No. 48 strong-side defensive end in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.

Offers: Mississippi State, UAB

DL Fletcher Adams

Brandon High School, Class of 2015

The 6-3, 255-pound Adams has emerged as one of the state’s top recruits in the 2015 class. He finished his junior season with 99 tackles, including 15 from behind the line of scrimmage. He also added 7 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. He is rated as the No. 14 defensive tackle in the nation for the 2015 class.

Offers: Mississippi State, Ole Miss

Clarksdale athlete J.T. Gray

DL Benito Jones

Wayne County High School, Class of 2016

Jones is only a sophomore but stands 6-3, and 256 pounds. His explosion off the football has already gained the attention of SEC program. He got his hands in on 56 tackles for Wayne County this season, registered five sacks and was credited with 25 QB hurries. He also blocked a field goal.

Offers: Ole Miss, Mississippi State

LB Leo Lewis

Brookhaven High School, Class of 2015

Remember this name. Leo Lewis could skyrocket to the top of Mississippi’s Class of 2015. It seems like every year there are a few juniors who blow up in the winter. Lewis is doing just that. Earlier this week, he got his first three offers…all in the same day. At 6-3, 225 pounds, he is extremely athletic with an unusual burst of speed for a linebacker his size. He recorded 94 tackles as junior this fall, along with five sacks and seven quarterback hurries. He was rated 90 by 247Sports on Tuesday, which constitutes four stars.

Offers: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon State

Columbia Academy punter Logan Cooke

LB Gerri Green

Greenville-Weston High School, Class of 2014

At 6-5 and 230 pounds, Green fits the next-level demand for taller linebackers and his recruitment has been coveted. Though injured in the latter part of the season, he still managed to make 121 tackles with 11.5 coming in the opponents’ backfield. He also recovered three fumbles. Green is committed to Mississippi State.

Offers: Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Louisiana-Lafayette

LB Curtis Akins

Byhalia High School, Class of 2014

Akins racked up 110 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery for Byhalia this season. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown. Though he stands just 6-2, he is very long in the arms which makes it difficult for would-be blockers. He may be the most under-rated player in the senior class. He is committed to Memphis. He is rated the No. 31 inside linebacker prospect in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.

Offers: Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss

Fletcher Adams

LB Alvin Moore

Bassfield High School, Class of 2014

Moore, so far, has totaled 111 tackles for Bassfield, as his team continues its march in the 2A state playoffs. He also has four quarterback sacks to his credit. When needed, he has had lined up at running back, as well, and is averaging 10.0 yards per carry. Moore is committed to Ole Miss. He is rated as the No. 35 inside linebacker prospect in the nation per the 247Sports Composite.

Offers: Ole Miss, Mississippi State

DB C.J. Hampton

Meridian High School, Class of 2014

Hampton is probably the most coveted recruit in Mississippi right now, as a war between Ole Miss and Alabama continues to rage. Most opponents try to steer away from Hampton, but he has registered 58 tackles on the season and has his Meridian Wildcats a win away from the Class 6A state title game. Hampton, who projects as a safety on the next level, is a U.S. Army All-American. He is rated as the No. 5 safety prospect in the nation. He is a long-time Ole Miss commit.

Offers: Ole Miss, Alabama, Florida State, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

U.S. Army All-American C.J. Hampton

DB Devin Voorhies

Wilkinson County High School, Class of 2014

Voorhies could have made this team at any number of positions, but he is projected primarily as a safety on the next level. Defensively, he made 48 tackles with two sacks and two interceptions, but he rarely came off the field. Also playing quarterback, he completed 123 of 194 passes for 2,112 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,788 yards and scored 13 touchdowns, averaging an amazing 11.11 yards-per-carry. The 6-2, 185-pounder accounted for 3,990 yards of total offense this season. Voorhies is committed to LSU.

Offers: LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State

DB Jamal Peters

Bassfield High School, Class of 2015

Peters is already one of the most heavily recruited players in the state and he’s only a junior. He projects as a safety on the next level but has the tools to play as a big receiver, as well. He recorded 66 tackles and five sacks on the defensive side of the ball this season. On offense, he caught nine passes for 174 yards and four scores. The 6-3, 200-pounder is rated as the No. 2 safety prospect in the nation for the Class of 2015 by the 247Sports Composite.

Offers: Ole Miss, Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State, LSU, TCU, Tennessee

Callaway DL Breeland Speaks

DB Tito Windham

Harrison Central High School, Class of 2014

Windham racked up 44 tackles this season at Harrison Central as a corner who was rarely challenged due to his reputation. He also had an interception and a fumble recovery. Extremely fast, he could also find himself involved in the return game on the next level. He is committed to Oklahoma. Windham is rated as the No. 30 cornerback in the nation per the 247Sports Composite.

Offers: Oklahoma, Florida State, Louisiana-Lafayette

J.T. Gray

Clarksdale High School, Class of 2014

Gray projects mostly as a safety on the next level, though he could find himself in the backfield of the right offense. He recorded 58 tackles this fall while playing on both sides of the football at Class 5A Clarksdale. He rushed for 939 yards and 16 touchdowns as a running back. The 6-0, 190-pound Gray is rated as the No. 56 athlete in the nation by 247Sports. He played two seasons out West before heading home to Clarksdale for his senior campaign, thus the West Coast flavored offer sheet. The in-state schools are tussling with a numbers game in regards to Gray.

Offers: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arizona State, Oregon, USC, Washington, Arizona, California, Iowa State, Oregon State, Utah

Wayne County DL Benito Jones

P Logan Cooke

Columbia Academy, Class of 2014

Cooke obviously is the best punter in the state with two FBS offers in hand. He is committed to Mississippi State.

Offers: Mississippi State, Southern Miss

The Second-Team Defense

DL Chris Matthews Olive Branch
DL Grant Harris Clinton
DL Kyle Strickland Brandon
DL Jeffrey Simmons Noxubee County
DL Keontre Anderson Canton
LB Alfred Dickens Olive Branch
LB Jamal Lydie St. Martin
LB Shareef White Grenada
LB Fred Walls Olive Branch
DB Lashard Durr Harrison Central
DB Brandon Bryant Tunica-Rosa Fort
DB Chris Rayford Byhalia
DB Ronald Walker Callaway
DB Cornell Armstrong Bassfield
P Matthew Turcotte Neshoba Central

The Third-team Defense

DL Ladarius Gallion West Point
DL Trey Brown Ackerman
DL Caleb Grant Byhalia
DL Timothy Washington Yazoo City
DL LaDarius Kidd Harrison Central
LB Quin Jones Lafayette
LB Mike McGhee Oxford
LB Genard Avery Grenada
LB James Gilleylen Tupelo
DB Artez Williams Greenwood
DB Xavier Marion Ridgeland
DB Curtis Mikell Bassfield
DB K.T. McCollins Oxford
P Hunter Bell Warren Central

Byhalia LB Curtis Akins

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