Cutcliffe reeling in top recruits

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 20, 1999

And if they do do a good job this year, it will result in a very good recruiting year.

If Ole Miss lands Madison Central offensive tackle Doug Buckles, then David Cutcliffe, you are having an outstanding season.

John Bonelli of Mississippi Gridiron Authority just recently released his top 25 players from the state and several have already committed to Ole Miss.

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Buckles, whose father Matt played football at Franklin Christian Academy in Meadville in the 1970s, is considered the top prospect in the state.

Buckles is 6-foot-5, 275 pounds and helped Madison Central to the Class 5A state championship this year. He has a 3.0 grade point average and scored a 17 on his ACT.

He runs a 5.1 in the 40.

Buckles is considering Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

The second-rated player is Taylorsville quarterback Jason Campbell, who committed to Auburn over the weekend, giving Ole Miss fans even more reason to hate the school on the Plains.

You know former Rebel coach Tommy Tuberville is pleased. Tuberville is reportedly having a banner recruiting season.

That’s not a big loss for Ole Miss, who has Eli Manning ready to go.

State sure could have used the 6-foot-5, 190-pound Campbell, although the athletic quarterback was considering LSU also.

South Panola wide receiver Chris Young is rated third. Young is considering Ole Miss, Alabama and Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot, 185-pound Young played quarterback in Batesville and has 4.5 speed in the 40.

At No. 4 is Gautier wide receiver Ray Ray Bivines, who is still undecided.

The 6-foot-5, 186-pounder played quarterback in high school.

Ackerman defensive back Bryan Shumaker (5-8, 185) committed to Mississippi State. He has been timed at 4.42.

Starkville linebacker Jason Clark is No. 6 and has narrowed his choices to Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina.

Amite County wide receiver Chris Collins committed to Ole Miss this weekend.

The 6-2, 170-pound Collins played quarterback for the Trojans. He will surely be competing in track against Natchez High next spring and his speedster (4.4 in 40) is worth the price of admission.

Gautier wide receiver Antonio Hargro is also undecided.

Olive Branch offensive lineman James Campbell (6-6, 290) is rated No. 9 and is headed for Ole Miss.

Hattiesburg defensive back Tavarus Horne is headed for Ole Miss. No. 11 prospect Trey Fryfogle is also headed for Oxford. The 6-2, 175-pounder runs a 4.5 in the 40.

Long Beach quarterback Micky D’Angelo has narrowed his choices to LSU, Ole Miss and Southern Miss). Calhoun City cornerback Cornelius Wortham is looking at Ole Miss.

Calhoun City defensive back Sherron Moore and Amory defensive lineman Daniel Booth (No. 13 and 14, respectively) are both headed to Ole Miss.

Port Gibson defensive lineman Jadice Moore is headed to Mississippi State.

The final 10 and where they are going are St. Stanislaus tight end Stephen Peterman (LSU, State, Auburn); Tupelo defensive back Jonathan Bell (undecided); Hattiesburg wide receiver Vincent Strickland (Ole Miss), Amory wide receiver Deshaun Fields (Ole Miss, Tennessee); Clarksdale linebacker Robert Spivey (undecided); McLaurin running back Derrick Quick (Ole Miss); Starkville defensive back Thurman Ward (Alabama, Southern Miss), Centreville linebacker Rob Robertson (Ole Miss) and Coffeeville offensive lineman Marcus Johnson (Ole Miss.


Joey Martin is sports editor of The Democrat. He can be reached at (601) 445-3632 or at