Over the years, it has been obvious that South Mississippi has held the upper hand among Mississippi high schools. There have been numerous top prospects come from that area. However, the Class of 2004 will be well represented in the northern portion of the Magnolia State."/>

Recruiting Update

Recruiting Update

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/highschool/football/2004/joneskevin-hernando.jpg" align="left" width="122" height="160"> Over the years, it has been obvious that South Mississippi has held the upper hand among Mississippi high schools. There have been numerous top prospects come from that area. However, the Class of 2004 will be well represented in the northern portion of the Magnolia State.

A couple of recruits that are steadily moving up the ladder are Hernando offensive lineman Kevin Jones and Grenada defensive end Glenn Tillman, Jr.

Jones, 6-foot-6 and 255 pounds, earned all-area honors last season as one of Hernando's starting tackles along the offensive front.

"I will be working out a lot this summer and trying to get to some camps," said Jones. "I really don't know right now all of the camps I can go to. I want to try to go to the Auburn camp and we might go as a team to the Mississippi State camp. We went to the MSU camp last year and should go again this summer.

"I just want to try and get better at these camps. I want to pick up some new things and try to get more physical."

Jones is already receiving an average share of interest from several schools across the south.

"Coaches from Memphis, Southern Mississippi, West Virginia, Samford and Arkansas State have all seen me play. I am really looking at many schools to leave all of my options open early on.

"But on the next level, I know I have to get more physical. I also have to improve getting off my blocks better and stay on those blocks."

With outstanding size, Tillman has attracted many curious on-lookers to Grenada county this spring and in the upcoming fall. Tillman, 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds, will also play fullback as a senior as well as seeing time in the GHS receiving corps. In fact, many recruiters are courting Tillman as a highly-coveted big receiver.

"I will go to a few 7-on-7 camps this summer along with working out with the team," said Tillman. "I am hoping to attend the Ole Miss camp and maybe the Auburn camp. Right now, most of the interest has come from Ole Miss and Memphis."

But that list could steadily increase when other schools get the opportunity to see this talented athlete with much upside.

"I actually surprised myself in spring this year and did better than I thought I would," noted Tillman. "I am hoping to play another position as a senior, and really I would like to get a shot at wide receiver. But I have to work on my speed and foot quickness.

"I hope to get some good workouts this summer at camps and just try to catch a recruiter's eye. Maybe that would get them to come see me at school and show interest."


Paul Jones is a recruiting correspondent for Gene's Page. Paul, also a sports writer for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch, can be reached by email at pdjmsu@hotmail.com

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