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Elite 10: Where Are They Now?



Each Summer - on the 10 Mondays that lead up to the first preseason practice, to be exact - we at SES Mississippi like to recognize the top senior football players in the state. One new member is named each Monday, with the 10th and final member revealed the Monday high school football programs across the state begin their new season. We call it the Elite 10.

This year’s group will mark the fifth in E10 history, and the first member of the 2018 group will be named Monday, May 28th. It’s exciting to know this tradition is reaching its fifth year, and 50 total players on the all-time list. Working on getting this year’s team ready for reveal has certainly made my mind wonder to some of the greats that have made this accolade special.

So let’s look back down memory lane. Listed below are every former Elite 10 honorees and where they are now.

2014:

Brady Davis | QB | Starkville

Was set to be rising junior at Memphis this fall, but will transfer with two years of eligibility remaining.

Darrell Henderson | RB | South Panola

Rising junior at Memphis. Rushed for 1,154 yards and scored 11 total TDs in 2017.

Javon Patterson | OL | Petal

Rising senior at Ole Miss. Has been a fixture on the OL for the Rebels since his freshman season in 2015.

Leo Lewis | LB | Brookhaven

Rising junior at Mississippi State. All-SEC freshman in 2016. His development at MSU could lend to him leaving early for 2018 NFL Draft.

Jamal Peters | ATH | Bassfield

Rising senior at Mississippi State. A playmaker with the ball in his hands in HS, has since become a fixture in MSU defensive secondary.

Matt Wommack | OL | Magnolia Heights

Rising junior at Alabama. Has elevated to starting right tackle in his time at Alabama. On top of that, he’s been a part of two national championship teams(2015 and 2017).

Jay Johnson | ATH | Bruce

Signed with EMCC, and registered 29 tackles and five sacks for the Lions in 2016. Last season Johnson registered five TFLs and three sacks for West Georgia.

Dontea Jones | WR | Louisville

Rising sophomore at Mississippi State. Now a TE, Jones will have plenty of opportunity in Joe Moorhead’s offense.

Fletcher Adams | DL | Brandon

Rising junior at Mississippi State. Possess the athleticism to play multiple spots along the DL. Will be in deep MSU DL rotation this fall.

Willie Hibbler | ATH | North Panola

Rising junior at Ole Miss. Recruited as a TE, Hibbler has since moved to LB and is in competition to start this fall.

2015:

Keon Howard | QB | Laurel

Rising junior at Southern Miss. Has started nine games at QB dating back to 2016. Last season even started once at WR. He is in the thick USM QB race this offseason, but will be hard to keep off the field this fall.

Octavious Cooley | TE | Laurel

Rising junior at Ole Miss. Will be a true junior this fall, and appears set for his long-awaited breakout season for the Rebels at TE.

DK Metcalf | WR | Oxford

Rising sophomore at Ole Miss. Scored TDs in his first two career games, before breaking his foot in 2016. All-SEC freshman in 2017.

Jack Abraham | QB | Oxford

Rising junior at Southern Miss. Signed with Louisiana Tech and redshirted. Led Northwest MS CC to MACJC title game in 2017. In race to be USM starting QB this offseason.

Benito Jones | DL | Wayne County

Rising junior at Ole Miss. Was freshman All-SEC in 2016, and will be best DL back for Rebels in 2018.

Eli Johnson | OL | Lafayette

Rising sophomore at Ole Miss. Johnson, a dominant tackle in HS, has since transitioned to center. He should figure into the rotation at that spot in 2018.

Jeffery Simmons | DL | Noxubee County

Rising junior at Mississippi State. Freshman All-SEC in 2016. In 2017 his TFL production tripled to 12.5 and he added five sacks. One of the most feared DL in CFB, and a projected 1st round pick in 2018 NFL Draft.

Nigel Knott | DB | Germantown

Rising sophomore at Alabama. Played in SEC games against Ole Miss and Texas A&M last season. Should be in CB rotation this fall.

AJ Brown | WR | Starkville

Rising junior at Ole Miss. The leader of talented WR group at OM known as “NWO.” Has been pegged as a potential 1st round selection in 2018 NFL Draft.

Jordan Duncan | WR | Oak Grove

Rising junior at California. Has played in 23 games his first two seasons in Berkley. Look for his role to expand this season.

2016:

Cam Akers | QB | Clinton

Rising sophomore at Florida State. Broke the FSU freshman rushing yardage record with 1,024 in 2017. After transitioning from QB in HS.

Kam White | ATH | Clinton

Freshman at Ole Miss. Redshirted in 2017.

Willie Gay | LB | Starkville

Rising sophomore at Mississippi State. Recorded more than 20 tackles in 2017 and is expected to be a big piece of the defense going forward.

Myles Brennan | QB | St. Stanislaus

Rising sophomore at LSU. Though he is working under his second different OC in as many seasons, he is in the running to be LSU’s QB1.

Kylin Hill | RB | Columbus

Rising sophomore at Mississippi State. Hill created excitement this spring due to his versatile skill set that somewhat resembles Joe Moorhead’s last RB, Saquon Barkley.

Isaiah Woullard | RB | PCS

Freshman at Ole Miss. Could help quickly at a position of need for the Rebels.

DD Bowie | ATH | Morton

Rising sophomore at Ole Miss. Settled in at CB for the Rebels, and will help this season.

Stephon Huderson | RB | Petal

Rising sophomore at Tulane. Played in 11 games in 2017, and should only see his role increase in his second season for the Green Wave.

CJ Avery | ATH | Grenada

Rising sophomore at Louisville. Played in all 13 games for the Cardinals in 2017. Played DB last season, but expected to help at LB this fall.

Saahdiq Charles | OL | MRA

Rising sophomore at LSU. All-SEC freshman in 2017 after assuming the starting role at left tackle midway through the season. Expected to start their again in 2018.

2017:

Patrick Shegog | QB | South Panola

Signed with Delta State.

Fabian Franklin | RB | Hattiesburg

Signed with TCU.

Jett Johnson | LB | Tupelo

Signed with Mississippi State.

Brice Johnson | ATH | Greenville St. Joe

Signed with Navy.

Marcus Murphy | ATH | West Point

signed with Mississippi State. Enrolled early and went through spring drills.

CJ Bolar | ATH | Purvis

Signed with Vanderbilt. Enrolled early and went through spring drills.

Trace Clopton | OL | Brookhaven

Signed with Southern Miss. Expected to be starter at center for Eagles after enrolling early and going through spring drills.

Tony Brown | RB | East Central

Signed with South Alabama.

Quentin Wilfawn | LB | Oxford

Signed with Northwest Mississippi Community College as a full qualifier.

Malik Heath | WR | Callaway

Signed with Mississippi State.

The release schedule for the 2018 Elite 10 will go as follows:

#1 - May 28th

#2 - June 4th

#3 - June 11th

#4 - June 18th

#5 - June 25th

#6 - July 2nd

#7 - July 9th

#8 - July 16th

#9 - July 23rd

#10 - July 30th

**Photo courtesy of Thomas Brown

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