Five area players selected for Mississippi-Alabama game
Published 12:02 pm Thursday, October 8, 2015
The Oxford area will be well-represented in this year’s Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game.
Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham, Charger wideout D.K. Metcalf, Lafayette offensive lineman Eli Johnson, Commodore running back Tyrell Price and Lafayette linebacker Quin Jones will join 35 other top senior players from around the state to participate in the 29th annual game, which will be played Dec. 12 in Hattiesburg. Team selections were announced Wednesday by the Mississippi Association of Coaches.
Abraham, Metcalf and Johnson are three of many players committed to Football Bowl Subdivision schools who will play in the game for the Magnolia State. Abraham, a third-year starter who’s completed 59.6 percent of his passes for 1,873 yards and 19 touchdowns against just three interceptions this season, verbally committed to Tulane over the summer. Metcalf, who’s caught 28 passes for 442 yards and six touchdowns, gave his pledge to Ole Miss before his sophomore season while Johnson is also committed to Ole Miss.
“They’ve meant a lot to our team. We run and throw,” Oxford coach Johnny Hill said. “We’ve got a bunch of good receivers out there, too, and a trigger man. I think all of them are very deserving to play in that ball game.”
Lafayette’s three selections matched Meridian for the most of any school. Johnson, a right tackle who will move inside at the next level, is a four-year starter for the Commodores.
Price and Jones have been productive starters since their sophomore seasons. Jones, Lafayette’s second-leading tackler with 54 stops, has scholarship offers from Central Arkansas and Louisiana-Monroe among others while the 5-foot-11, 212-pound Price is still waiting on his first FBS offer despite being one of the state’s most productive backs with 1,251 yards and 17 rushing touchdowns through seven games and averaging 8.9 yards per carry.
“I think Eli has had a solid four years now playing,” Lafayette coach Eric Robertson said. “Quin and Tyrell both have been starters since their sophomore year and have been solid. They’re all three really good high school players with a lot of upside, and I think they all three deserved it.”
The group will help Mississippi try to break a seven-game losing streak to Alabama, which owns a 21-7 advantage since the game started being played in 1988.
Trio earns Blackwell nod
Three other local seniors were selected to play in the annual Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game as Oxford’s Will Swindoll and Lafayette teammates Rashuan Rockette and Vincent Lewis were named to the North roster Wednesday. The state’s North All-Stars will play the South Dec. 19 in Gulfport.
Swindoll is in his second season as the Chargers’ starting right tackle despite not playing offensive line until his freshman season.
“I was glad that Will made the North team,” Hill said.
Rockette, a speedy receiver, leads the Commodores in catches (28), yards (414) and receiving touchdowns (4). Lewis, a defensive end, leads Lafayette with 60 tackles.