Combine a chance for exposure

By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal

Marcus Green stands less than 6 feet tall and doesn’t weigh 200 pounds.
He’s 5-10 and 175.
But the incoming North Pontotoc senior may be one of the state’s bigger names to watch come football season.
He caught 53 passes last season for 994 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for another five scores and 461 yards. Listed as a DB as well, he also had 28 tackles and averaged 35 yards per kick return.
Despite those stats, Green, a basketball star as well, hasn’t drawn a ton of attention. This weekend’s Tupelo Combine could help.
The combine is Saturday morning at Tupelo High School. Last year, Lafayette back D.K. Buford sped through a 4.2, 40-yard dash and propelled his collegiate stock.
“One of the guys I’m real anxious to see is Marcus Green,” said combine organizer Steve Robertson. “He’s looking pretty good on film and seems to be a guy on that next level, good high school numbers but kind of an unknown.”
Some big prospects are expected to be there beginning with weigh-ins at 9 a.m., including Newton County athlete Jamoral Graham and Forrest County AHS back Dontavian Lee, both Mississippi State commits.
Columbus senior Corey Brown is a 6-foot defensive lineman along the lines with Green who Robertson says he is eager to watch. Robertson said Magee athlete Marquez McNair is drawing some attention, but schools aren’t quite sure where to place him yet.
If you’re looking to be the first to know about a player who could be the next to come out of nowhere, Robertson says that could be 6-foot-4 Ackerman defensive tackle Trey Brown. Brown has three offers, including Southern Miss.
“He’s a guy I think is really underrated,” Robertson said. “He’s got SEC offers already from State and Ole Miss and attention from several others. He’s a guy I think is as good as anybody in the state.”
brandon.speck@journalinc.com