It’s fun to look back and see which prognostications were correct and which were way off. When it comes to the state of Mississippi, the recruiting rankings haven’t been hit or miss when rating quarterbacks the last few years.
Since 2008, the No. 1 ranked quarterback coming out of Mississippi is former four-star prospect Anthony Alford. He originally signed with Southern Miss out of high school, and started five games as a true freshman in 2012. He even rushed for 84 yards against Nebraska in his first-ever college game … but in the end he decided to transfer to Ole Miss and sat out the 2013 season. His SEC future is likely in the secondary, and he should see the field early.
Here’s a look at all the top 5 quarterback recruits that came from the state of Mississippi since ’08. One might notice a recurring theme … several of them tried other schools but ultimately transferred to Ole Miss.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.
|NO.||QUARTERBACK||YR||COLLEGE||HOMETOWN||247 #||THE SKINNY?|
|1.||Anthony Alford||2012||South.Miss/Ole Miss||Petal||.9482||Transferred to Ole Miss after 1 yr, plays DB|
|2.||Tyler Russell||2009||Miss. State||Meridian||.9107||Career record-holder for TD passes|
|3.||Jeremy Liggins||2012||LSU/Ole Miss||Oxford||.9068||Big guy went JUCO, now at Ole Miss|
|4.||Ryan Buchanan||2013||Ole Miss||Flowood||.9005||Battled for backup job this spring|
|5.||Chris Garrett||2009||LSU/Ole Miss||Tupelo||.8620||Transferred around, never got going|