Chris Brooks of Mississippi Gridiron chats with Ole Hotty Toddy


As national signing day nears, one can’t help but look at the high school talent throughout the state of Mississippi. While Ole Miss is rolling in the state, there are an incredible amount of athletes that we will be seeing next Saturday during the fall at colleges and universities all over the country. A site we peruse for information often is Mississippi Gridiron Magazine online. The website is a great source for all things Mississippi high school football and more. Recently, Ole Hotty Toddy visited with the publisher of MGM Chris Brooks to talk all things recruiting.

Owner of MGM, Chris Brooks
Owner of MGM, Chris Brooks /

Ole Hotty Toddy: How does the state look in regards to talent this season versus in years past?

Chris Brooks: “This is the best recruiting class in Mississippi in a long time. That’s especially true with the top nine-to-10 kids. There are five or six kids who were worthy of 5-star consideration, and usually we are hopeful to have one or two of those kids.

OHT: Are you surprised at the number of uncommitted prospects so far?

CB: “It’s different for sure. But I think a big reason is the level of talent being so high. These kids have options this year and the majority of them have explored them to the end. It should make for a crazy signing day.”

OHT: How important was the win over Alabama in the MS/AL All-Star Game for the state of Mississippi?


CB: “Obviously it’s great for state pride, especially with high school coaches. I know previous staffs were devastated they couldn’t break the streak, but I think it is great publicity for our state on a national level. It let’s everyone know our kids can play with anyone.

Eli Manning, right, a quarterback from Mississippi, holds up a San Diego Chargers jersey as he stands with NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue at the NFL draft Saturday, April 24, 2004 in New York. Manning was the No 1 pick overall in thedraft. (AP Photo/John Marshall Mantel) ORG XMIT: MSG105
Eli Manning, right, a quarterback from Mississippi /

OHT: With the NFL draft coming up and both an Ole Miss and Miss State flavor evident, how important is it for overall morale, in regards to high school kids in the state, ie: motivation to compete, grades, etc….

CB: “I think the success that Ole Miss and MSU are both having has given Mississippi high school kids added motivation. It lets them know they’ll have an opportunity to stay in state and compete on the highest level. The draft only reinforces that idea with so many kids expected to go high in the draft. Hopefully it does give them more reason to stay in the books and make sure they are eligible for a scholarship.”

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