The 2019 NFL draft is already making news.

Ole Miss offensive tackle Greg Little and wide out A.J Brown are cinch first round draft choices in next April’s draft. Meridian native Raekwon Davis will also be a first day selection. Davis, at 6-7 and 316 pounds, plays defensive tackle for the Crimson Tide. Also in the mix is former Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson, now at Michigan.

The first College Football poll by USA Today lists Clemson as the top choice with Alabama at second. Mississippi State is listed at 21 while Georgia (6), Auburn (11) and South Carolina (24) also made the poll from the SEC.

MSU head football coach Joe Moorhead will join MSU Athletic Director John Cohen and Lady Bulldogs basketball coach Vic Schaefer in Meridian on May 15 as part of the MSU Dawg Road Tour.

Ty Simpson is an 8th grade quarterback in Martin, Tennessee. Simpson, who will play for Westview High School this fall, recently received a scholarship offer from the University of Michigan. Simpson’s dad is Ellisville native Jason Simpson, who is the head coach of UT-Martin. Jason played football and baseball at Mississippi State and finished his baseball career at USM under Hill Denson. His uncle Jackie Simpson played at Ole Miss in the early 70s.

USM swept UAB this past weekend to win its 15th straight series. USM (35-12, 19-4) will host Louisiana Tech this weekend. State won two of three games in Tuscaloosa this weekend to improve to 11-13 in SEC play. The Bulldogs have another tough road trip to Kentucky this weekend. Ole Miss salvaged the final game of their series at South Carolina this weekend. The Rebels are 13-11 in league play and host Auburn, also 13-11 in league play, this weekend. Arkansas still leads the Western Division with a 14-10 mark after dropping two of three games at LSU this weekend.

Mississippi State and Ole Miss softball qualified for the SEC tournament in Columbia, Missouri. The Lady Bulldogs will take on Texas A&M while Ole Miss tangles with LSU. The tournament begins Wednesday.

Some of the nation’s top tennis teams will converge in the Magnolia State this week as the Mississippi State men’s program and the Ole Miss women’s team will host the opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. Ole Miss men are at Stanford, and MSU women are in the Chapel Hill Regional.



Pro Baseball notes

Former Petal standout Anthony Alford was called up to the big league by Toronto this past Saturday.  On Sunday, he went 1-for-4 in a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay. Alford was named Mr. Baseball in 2012 by the Clarion Ledger newspaper. He was also twice named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year in football while in high school. He played football at both USM and Ole Miss.

Former Ole Miss pitchers Lance Lynn (Twins) and Drew Pomeranz (Red Sox) both registered their first pitching wins of the season.  Former MSU hurler Chris Stratton (3-2) led the San Francisco Giants over the Atlanta Braves last Friday night.

Former East Central Community College shortstop Tim Anderson hit two home runs in a game for the Chicago White Sox against the Minnesota Twins this week.

 Former MSU baseball star Mitch Moreland enters the week hitting .338 for the American League leading the Boston Red Sox.

Long time West Lauderdale baseball coach Jerry Boatner is retiring. Boatner won 1,202 games and 14 state titles in his five-decade career.

Former Laurel Tornado Akeem Davis, who played collegiate at Memphis and spent some time in the NFL with the Washington Redskins, has been added as a defensive graduate assistant at USM.

Dale McKee, a resident of Waynesboro, has covered Mississippi sports for more than 40 years. He writes a weekly sports column. You can contact Dale at ddmckee18@yahoo.com