Meridian Star

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March 15, 2014

MHS players to compete at camp

MERIDIAN — Several top-tier football prospects from the Southeast will descend upon Hattiesburg High School today for the Rivals Camp Series.

Among those that will be in attendance are four Meridian High School standouts: quarterback J’Mar Smith, wide receiver, Daniel Crowell, and safeties Quincy Lenton and Zaire Jones.

“I want to go down there just to see what I can do and prove,” said Smith, a quarterback prospect who currently boasts offers from Memphis and Mississippi State.

The event is the sixth of 16 regional camps across the country, with top participants potentially qualifying for a spot in the Rivals 100 Five Star Challenge to be held June 6-8 in Baltimore, Md.

With each prospect poked and probed by recruiting analysts, it’s only natural to assume nerves will play a factor in performance.   

“I’m really looking forward to showing what I got,” Lenton said. “I’m a little nervous, though, because this is my first combine type workout.”

Yet the Wildcat standouts have the added benefit of seeking guidance from a former high-profile prospect in C.J. Hampton ó a current senior at MHS and Ole Miss signee.

“I talked to C.J. last week,” Jones said. “He told me to expect some talent, plenty of speed and some shiftiness. He told me that even if I do get burned, to keep going and to give great effort. Coaches like to see you giving great effort.”

In the end, the camp presents an opportunity for players to showcase their  abilities on a grand stage.

“I’m just really focused on this event right now,” Crowell said. “I know that if I do well, then good things will come to me as a result.”

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