• John Macon Gillespie

What Makes Diwun Black Elite

Photo courtesy of Russell Johnson,

It was clear very early on that Forest’s Diwun Black was going to be special. His long frame, along with his rare combination of power, speed, agility, instincts and awareness, allowed to get on the field and flash his potential earlier than most. As a sophomore he led the entire state with 12 interceptions, and emerged as one of the state’s best all-around defenders. But even prior to that, as a freshman, he gave the the Bearcats a lift on defense with 57 tackles and three interceptions.

Last season he put forth more steady production on the defensive side of the ball, finishing with 83 tackles, three interceptions and three forced fumbles. However, his skill set was also needed on the offensive side, where he led the team with 16 grabs for 304 yards and four touchdowns through the air. Black even flashed his all-around playmaking ability, and his throwing arm, with a 56-yard touchdown pass on his sole attempt of the season.

Black has been part of 28 wins over the past three years on the varsity squad. His production on both sides of the ball, as well as his leadership and magnetic personality, have meant a great deal to the Forest Bearcats in his time. And that will be two-fold this season as he and his teammates charge up for a run at a state championship.

However, as he moves forward in his career Black has the chance to potentially make an even greater impact on the game. As offenses philosophies have changed, defensive personnel has had to adapt. Well, Black is the ultimate weapon in the middle of the defense as he posses impressive size, even at the linebacker spot, and impressive athleticism, even at the safety spot. He roams the field like a centerfielder and hits like a mack truck. He can make plays side-to-sideline and give even the fastest ball carriers fit when he is in pursuit.

Black is the first player from Forest to make the Elite 10 since its inception in 2014.

**Release schedule for the 2018 Elite 10**

#1 - Jerrion Ealy | Jackson Prep

#2 - Brandon Turnage | Lafayette

#3 - John Rhys Plumlee | Oak Grove

#4 - Rodrigues Clark | Starkville

#5 - KJ Jefferson | North Panola

#6 - Nakobe Dean | Horn Lake

#7 - Kyziah Pruitt | Noxubee County

#8 - Dannis Jackson | Sumrall

#9 - Diwun Black | Forest

#10 - July 30th

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