GREENVILLE — When the highly awaited Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic kicks off Dec. 11 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, there will be two familiar faces on the Mississippi team sideline.
Simmons High's Carlos Thompson and Gentry's Jerry Walker were chosen as two of the six assistant coaches. The head coach will be M.C. Miller of Louisville.
Other assistant coaches include Bud Blackledge (Taylorsivlle), Chris Chambless (West Point), Buddy Duke (Prentiss) and David Parker (St. Martin).
Longtime Simmons coach Carlos Thompson has spearheaded his team to a 7-2 record — including five straight games by a combined score of 206-24.
Meanwhile, first-year Gentry coach Jerry Walker has led the Rams to a 3-5 record. Walker spent the last eight years at his alma mater, Ray Brooks, before moving to Gentry.
The lone player from the Delta region to make the Mississippi squad was Amanda Elzy’s Jermaine Whitehead. The 6-foot, 180-pound Mississippi State commit has been listed as a defensive back for the all-star classic.
Winona’s Chelarvez Brown also will suit up at defensive back.
The quarterbacks are Ben Stevens of West Jones, and Jacquez Johnson from Starkville.
The Mississippi roster is filled with future SEC and major college players.
Mississippi State leads all schools with ten commitments on the roster, while Ole Miss has two and Southern Miss and LSU one apiece.
The 40-man roster is an increase from last year’s 37-member team. The game will kickoff Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Versus. Special game week activities have been planned for players and coaches.
Alabama holds a 16-7 edge in the annual series, which began in 1988.