• John Macon Gillespie

Rockette Ready For Big Finish In 2016

The Oxford Charger Offense has been grabbing headlines for several years now. With all of the yards, points and wins, it is easy to see why. However, the 2016 season could boast one of the state’s top defensive secondaries and these young men are ready for their close up.

One of those playmakers is junior Devin Rockette. The 6-0, 180-pound defensive back put together a solid junior season as he and the Chargers laid claim to their third straight 5A North State title.

This offseason, Rockette has his eyes on taking his game up a notch.

“This offseason I've been working to perfect my craft and get to the next level,” Rockette told SES Mississippi. “Work as hard as I can to get me to the next level.”

Oxford also will have a new man calling the shots in 2016 as long time coach Johnny Hill road off into the sunset at the conclusion of 2015. The Chargers promoted assistant Chris Cutcliffe to the head job. “I feel good about him, he is already doing a great job of getting the team ready,” Rockette expressed. “I feel great about Coach Cutt!”

Rockette totaled 53 tackles and an interception this past season. He proved to be one of the more physical cover guys in the area. He also didn’t mind sticking his nose into run stuffing. Does he like to hit?

“Yes I do. That's why I love to play press man and that's why I love the game of football,” Rockette declared.

Rockette along with some 20 plus of his Charger teammates will be on hand for the April 30th Fortius Project at Itawamba Community College. He plans to send a clear message to his peers at the event. “To show people what I can do and show them that if I want something I'm going to get it,” Rockette explained.

The super athlete, who also is somewhat of a track star, does everything full speed without holding anything back. For that, he gives a nod to the man upstairs.

“I think of it like this, The Lord didn't give me this talent to waste it, so why not play and practice as hard as I can, and I also do it for my team.”

**Photo by Keith Warren of the MHSAA.

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