Auburn commit Alex McPherson proved during Saturday’s Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game in Hattiesburg, Miss., why he’s the top-ranked kicker in the country.
He set Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game records with a 58-yard field goal plus a punting average of 50.0. He was 2-of-4 on field goals in helping Alabama to a 20-0 shutout.
But he’s still got more to prove to be the best kicker in the family.
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Evan McPherson has made field goals of 54, 51 and 48 yards the last three weeks for the Cincinnati Bengals. But his younger brother broke his record for the longest field goal in state history, blasting a 61-yarder against North Jackson this season.
Part of the brothers’ success can be attributed to their dedication and ingenuity.
“We have a soccer goal in our back yard that we welded some PVC pipe to so we could kick field goals,” Alex said Saturday. “The yard isn’t big enough to make any long kicks, but you have to work on your technique and fundamentals.”
McPherson plans to sign with Auburn Wednesday, but won’t report to the Plains until June.
Alabama commit said he won’t sign early, but changes mind
Calera wide receiver and Alabama Crimson Tide commit Kobe Prentice originally said during the week that he planned to wait until February to sign, but later announced on social media that he would sign on Wednesday.
Prentice will stay busy this spring running the 60-meters and the 4×200 relay for the Calera track team.
He led all receivers in Saturday’s game with four catches for 64 yards and a long of 33 yards. The next closest in receiving production was Auburn commit Omari Kelly of Hewitt-Trussville with two catches for 28 yards.
Prentice has already earned the kind of fame that comes with being one of the state’s highest-ranked recruits and most electrifying players. During Calera’s first-round playoff game at Spanish Fort, opposing fans made a large sign letting Prentice know they knew who he is. The sign read: “#1 can’t save you this time. #number1 defense.”
Prentice said that his coach, Jason Hamlin, told him to embrace the attention.
“Coach gave me a pen before the game and told me to go autograph the sign,” said Prentice, who had 1,229 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior. “So, that’s what I did. The fans were cool. The cheerleaders asked me to take a picture with them, but I didn’t do that.”
Will Hueytown’s Coleman play in the Sun Belt?
Hueytown wide receiver De’Andre Coleman has been a longtime commit to Coastal Carolina. But the 6-foot-4 receiver said he is going to keep his options open before signing in February.
“Maybe if some bigger schools are interested, I’ll listen. But I’m all Coastal,” he said.
Oatis taking one final visit to Tuscaloosa
Jaheim Oatis of Columbia, Miss., all 6-5, 370 pounds of him, left the stadium as soon as the game ended for his scheduled visit to Tuscaloosa.
Oatis has taken a couple of recent visits to Ole Miss, but he is still committed to Alabama.
Jimmy Stein of On3.com says of Oatis, “he has some Jordan Davis in him,” in reference to the recent Bednarik Award winner from Georgia.
McAlpine dominant as always
Saraland defensive tackle Trevon McAlpine was a dominant force for Alabama. After Mississippi opened the game with a successful onside kick, McAlpine made the first four tackles of the game, including a fourth-and-1 stop. He also made a key fourth-down stop late in the fourth quarter to preserve the Alabama shutout.
“Alabama has never won here in Mississippi, so we were on a mission all week,” he said.
McAlpine led Alabama with six tackles, a tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure.
He plans to sign Wednesday with either Texas Tech, Oklahoma State or West Virginia.
South Alabama signee shines
Braylon McReynolds of McGill-Toolen did everything including lead the cheers for the Alabama offense. The South Alabama signee rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries, an average of 7.5 per carry. He actually surpassed 100 yards on his final carry of the game, but the play was called back for holding. He also caught one pass for 12 yards.
Later, he took the pom-poms from the cheerleaders on the sidelines and performed an impressive dance.
“I told the guys that if I make a big play I’m going to go over there and celebrate,” he said.
McReynolds will sign with USA Wednesday but won’t enroll until the summer.
Recruitment of T.J. Dudley still open
Montgomery Catholic linebacker T.J. Dudley was committed to Oregon before the Ducks’ coaching change. He now says he will wait until February to sign with Florida, Texas, Clemson or Alabama. He said he has not been in contact with Auburn.
MVP wears a Tennessee towel
Oxford defensive back Miguel Mitchell was named MVP after recording an interception that he returned 52 yards for a touchdown, a forced fumble and five tackles.
Mitchell, who sported a Vols towel, said he will wait until February to sign with Tennessee, Florida or Northwestern.