Nine players who helped their stock at Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Week

The annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game often features some of the best talent in the country, and has also catapulted prospects to the top of the recruiting rankings over the past few years. Prospects Chris Jones (three-star to five-star) and Kool-Aid McKinstry (four-star to five-star) are just a few examples of players making big leaps after impressing at the event. After taking part in training this week, here is a list of the players who have helped themselves the most with strong performances.

Anthony was one of the fastest players in attendance at the event and showed his wheels in practice whenever he got the chance. He’s still relatively skinny in build (listed at 160lbs) but with his speed all he needs is the smallest opening to make a big play. She’ll likely play a similar role to Wandale Robinson in Kentucky and given her game-breaking ability she should find a role pretty quickly in Lexington.

Ole Miss needs to refuel in the wide receiver position and it’s easy to see why they targeted Dillon. He has good size and strong hands, but what really stands out is his footwork. Glide across the pitch and ride crisp, crisp courses, which will make him a favorite of his future position manager at Oxford. The rebels have shown the ability to get the most out of wideout talent and should be a good choice for Dillon.

Another huge prospect busy with the Rebels, Clayton belittled nearly every other player on the pitch. With large size and a good frame, it will only get bigger and stronger to the next level and already has a good feel for the game. He could be a candidate to play on the offensive line as well, but if he stays defensive his length and engine will serve him well. Clayton is locked up with Ole Miss.

Listed at nearly 400 pounds, Cooper has lost weight in the past six months, dropping to 350 pounds. As you’d expect, he’s much lighter on his feet and impressed during one-on-one with his blocking ability and aggression. Auburn entered the scene late and may be pushing to add him on signing day.

Harris was an impressive performer on the field circuit in the spring and turned heads again during practice this week. He went face-to-face with fellow Auburns engaged in Caden Story during one-on-one, winning his share of battles and surprising with his poise and footwork. Harris has the ideal frame for a tackle and seems to get stronger and stronger without losing any of his fundamental technique.

Harris is part of a massive defensive front for the Mississippi Team, siding with a pair of over 300 pounds. But what stands out about Harris is how well he carries his weight. He almost looks more like an offensive lineman than a defensive lineman but he also shoots the ball and has a good first pass. These attributes, combined with its length, make it a nightmare for opposing internal linesmen. Harris is busy with Ole Miss.

Once engaged in the TCU, McAlpine is one of the best uncommitted defensive linemen in the Southeast and continues to slip under the radar of SEC programs. He displayed good power and leverage as he worked on the defensive tackle, regularly overpowering teammates in both team and one-on-one sessions. Oklahoma State tops its list, but Texas Tech is also making a strong push to get its signature.

Thomas, a former Mississippi State member who recently committed to Tennessee, impressed with his speed and coverage ability. He took on the challenge of defending fast Alabama wide receiver Kobe Prentice and more than held his own, running step by step and winning his share of battles. Listed as a safety in the Rivals.com database, Thomas has proven that he has the covering skills to be used in a number of different positions in the defensive backfield.

A former member of Rivals250, Williams is already highly regarded. But he’s clearly taken his game to another level since we last saw him in person in the spring. He was a force that came out of bounds both during the team and during the one-on-one training portions and showed the ability to use hand-on-the-ground running passes or as a standing runner. It will be a problem for opposing quarterbacks for years to come. A one-time engagement from the state of Florida, Williams appears to be headed to the state of Mississippi.

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