MONTGOMERY, AL – Two big, rangy seniors have been selected to quarterback the 2010 Alabama All-Star football team when the 24th Alabama-Mississippi Classic prep all-star football game kicks off Dec. 11 at Mobile's Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Quarterbacks Stephen Rivers of Athens and Jacob Coker of Saint Paul's are already committed to Division I schools LSU and Florida State, respectively. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Rivers, the younger brother of San Diego Chargers All-Pro quarterback Philip Rivers, committed to the Coach Les Miles' Tigers in August. Coker (6-5, 210) picked the Seminoles earlier in the summer.
Steve Bailey, Director of the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association, has announced the 40-member team selected by a committee of the AHSADCA from nominations submitted by AHSAA member schools.
The squad is comprised of at least one player from each district and one player from each classification under AHSADCA selection guidelines. Alabama has won 10 of the last 12 games, including last year's 21-13 contest with a defensive effort that limited Mississippi to just 44 total yards, including minus-6 yards rushing.
Alabama holds a 16-7 edge in the annual series which began in 1988.
"We think our selection committee has once again put together a very good team," Bailey said. "We know Mississippi will have a talented team. This Alabama squad is one of our most talented in the series. We have an excellent head coach in Briarwood Christian's Fred Yancey. He has a good staff set to assist him."
Yancey is currently 216-78-1 in his head-coaching career with a 5-1 record this season. He has led the Lions to three state championships with the Class 5A crown in 2003, Class 3A in 1999 and 1998.
All players are current high school seniors.
The Alabama roster lists several seniors already committed to SEC or other major college teams.
Five players already committed to the University of Alabama are headed by outside linebacker Brent Calloway, rated one of the top recruits in the nation at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds. Others include receivers Danny Woodson of LeFlore, Marvin Shinn of Vigor and Daryl Collins of Gadsden City, and defensive back Christion Jones of Minor. Jones chose the Tide last Thursday.
Auburn verbal commitments selected to the squad are defensive backs Anthony Swain of Gadsden City and Jonathan Rose of Leeds, defensive lineman Jabrian Niles of Davidson, 6-4, 285-pound center Reese Dismukes of Spanish Fort, and Sammie Coates of Leroy.
Among the roster players still uncommitted are Auburn defensive lineman JaMichael Payne and Valley safety Enrique Florence. Florence, rated the nation's No. 5 prospect by Scout.com, is considered by most recruiting services as the state's top prep prospect. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Stanford and UAB, among others.
Payne, who led Auburn in tackles last season, has drawn comparisons to former Auburn High School defensive lineman Demarcus Ware, one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL. Payne is considering Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Memphis, Southern Miss, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.
Alabama All-Star Roster
QUARTERBACKS: Jacob Coker, Saint Paul's; Stephen Rivers, Athens.
RUNNING BACKS: Chris Dukes, UMS-Wright; Damarcus James, Demopolis; Stanley Robinson, Carver-Montgomery; Ameer Abdullah, Homewood.
WIDE RECEIVERS: Sammie Coates, Leroy; Danny Woodson, LeFlore; Marvin Shinn, Vigor; Kardeem Poole, Prattville; Daryl Collins, Gadsden City.
TIGHT END: Jaylon Denson, Hoover.
OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Reese Dismukes, Spanish Fort; Steven Jones, Foley; Nick Lawhorn, Foley; Damon Husband, Williamson; Lance Schuffert, Prattville; Brandon Morgan, Hoover; Hayden Nauman, Decatur; C.H. Scruggs, Walker.
KICKER/PUNTER: Wilson Whorton, Briarwood Chr.
ATHLETE: Emmanuel Johnson, McKenzie.
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: JaMichael Payne, Auburn; Caleb Lawrence, Opelika; Allan Carson, Oxford; Jabrian Niles, Davidson; Dre'Shon McGaster, Foley.
DEFENSIVE ENDS/LINEBACKERS: Blake Dees, Spanish Fort; Bronterrious Jakes, Central-Phenix City; Miller Williams, Mountain Brook; Terrick Wright, Gadsden City; Brent Calloway, Russellville; Desmond Lavelle, Decatur; Denzell Perine, Davidson.
DEFENSIVE BACKS: Eric Dixon, Vigor; Enrique Florence, Valley; Jonathan Rose, Leeds; Jacquese Kirk, Walker; Christion Jones, Minor; Anthony Swain, Gadsden City.
Head Coach: Fred Yancey, Briarwood Christian
Assistant Coaches: Alvin Briggs, Florence; Tripp Curry, Cherokee County; Chris Fancher, Gardendale; Tom Causey, Demopolis; David Lowery, Brantley; Al Pogue, Carver-Montgomery; Geoff Walters, Briarwood (scout).
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR CLASSIC
Series record: Alabama 16 wins; Mississippi 7.
2009: Alabama 21, Mississippi 13
2008: Alabama 28, Mississippi 3
2007 (December): Mississippi 26, Alabama 7
2007 (June): Alabama 51, Mississippi 14
2006: Alabama 24, Mississippi 3
2005: Mississippi 21, Alabama 18
2004: Alabama 24, Mississippi 22
2003: Alabama 24, Mississippi 16
2002: Alabama 29, Mississippi 17
2001: Alabama 33, Mississippi 14
2000: Alabama 16, Mississippi 9
1999: Alabama 28, Mississippi 24
1998: Mississippi 9, Alabama 0
1997: Alabama 10, Mississippi 6
1996: Alabama 17, Mississippi 14
1995: Mississippi 37, Alabama 9
1994: Mississippi 24, Alabama 10
1993: Mississippi 17, Alabama 6
1992: Mississippi 17, Alabama 14
1991: Alabama 15, Mississippi 13
1990: Alabama 24, Mississippi 14 (OT)
1989: Alabama 24, Mississippi 21 (4 OT)