Alabama and Mississippi football all-stars reported Wednesday and went through one brisk practice in the afternoon as the squads began preparation for the 2018 Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic game set to be played Monday, Dec. 17 at Cramton Bowl.
Both 40-member squads had some minor roster changes Wednesday with Alabama adding two players and Mississippi adding one.
All-Star head coach Josh Niblett’s squad added defensive back Reddy Steward, a 6-foot, 170-pound senior from Austin High School in Decatur. He replaced Saraland defensive back Cordale Flott, who removed himself from the team on Tuesday. Offensive lineman Tre’veon Pickens, 6-1, 310, also replaced Pierce Quick of Hewitt-Trussville. Quick chose not to play.
Mississippi’s staff added running back Jovan “Hamm” McGee of St. Martins of Ocean Springs. The 5-9, 190-pound replaced Rodriques Clark, a running back from Starkville. Head coach for Mississippi is Henry Johnson of Clarksville. McGhee received an offer from Indiana State late last month.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m., Monday night, with Raycom Media televising the game live over its Raycom affiliate stations in both states as well as in Memphis and Columbus (GA). The AHSAA Radio Network will also broadcast the game live over its radio network.
Niblett welcomed a very talented Alabama squad headlined by Class 7A and Class 6A Super 7 State Championship Game MVPs – quarterbacks Peter Parrish of Central-Phenix City and Bo Nix of Pinson Valley. Parrish, an LSU commit, led the Red Devils to a 52-7 win over Thompson to claim Central’s first state championship since 1993. Nix, who earned MVP honors in 2017 and 2018 with back-to-back state titles, finished his career at Pinson as the AHSAA’s all-time total offense leader. He finished his career with 12,497 yards – 10,386 passing and 2,111 rushing – and accounted for a state-record 161 touchdowns. He had 127 passing and 34 rushing over the last four seasons – in 2015 and 2016 at Scottsboro and 2017 and 2018 at Pinson Valley. He led the Indians to a 28-1 record the last two seasons, and helped Scottsboro go from 5-6 his freshman year to 12-1 as a sophomore. Nix finished 267-of-447 passing this past season for 3,795 yards and 50 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. He was not sacked in 14 games.
Nix, an Auburn commitment, is joined on the squad by fellow Auburn wide receiver commitments JaVarrius Johnson of Hewitt-Trussville and George Pickens of Hoover. Receivers A.J. Toney of Jackson-Olin and Trikweze Bridges of Lanett have both committed to Oregon, Tre Ross of Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa has committed to Troy University and tight end Michael Vice is still undecided.
The Alabama team worked out at Prattville’s Stanley Jensen Stadium Wednesday for a couple of hours and Mississippi practiced at Stanhope Elmore High School. The two teams were scheduled to attend a Country Low Boil dinner at Millbrook following the sessions.
The two teams will go through two practices Thursday with Alabama at Faulkner University and Mississippi at Huntingdon College. The squads will close the day with a tour of the Hyundai Car Manufacturing Plant.
The game is an event hosted by the Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association (AHSADCA) in conjunction with the AHSAA. Alabama’s All-Stars hold a 22-9 edge in the series which began in 1988 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and moved to Cramton Bowl in 2011. It also started a rotation in 2015 with the game being hosted every other year by the Mississippi Association of Coaches (MAC).
ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY
2017 Mississippi 42 Alabama 7
2016 Alabama 25 Mississippi 14
2015 Mississippi 28 Alabama 21
2014 Alabama 36 Mississippi 30
2013 Alabama 21 Mississippi 17
2012 Alabama 21 Mississippi 16
2011 Alabama 31 Mississippi 12
2010 Alabama 24 Mississippi 17 (2 OT)
2009 Alabama 21 Mississippi 13
2008 Alabama 28 Mississippi 3
2007 Mississippi 26 Alabama 7 December
2007 Alabama 51 Mississippi 14 June
2006 Alabama 24 Mississippi 3
2005 Mississippi 21 Alabama 18
2004 Alabama 24 Mississippi 22
2003 Alabama 24 Mississippi 16
2002 Alabama 29 Mississippi 17
2001 Alabama 33 Mississippi 14
2000 Alabama 16 Mississippi 9
1999 Alabama 28 Mississippi 24
1998 Mississippi 9 Alabama 0
1997 Alabama 10 Mississippi 6
1996 Alabama 17 Mississippi 14
1995 Mississippi 37 Alabama 9
1994 Mississippi 24 Alabama 10
1993 Mississippi 17 Alabama 6
1992 Mississippi 17 Alabama 14
1991 Alabama 15 Mississippi 13
1990 Alabama 21 Mississippi 14 (OT)
1989 Alabama 24 Mississippi 21 (4 OT)
1988 Alabama 24 Mississippi 21 (3 OT)
SERIES HISTORY: Alabama has 22-9 edge