Market, Brassell put on show for Mullen
Mississippi State football coaches Dan Mullen and Melvin Smith saw part of what could become the program's future on the field in Starkville Friday night.
As the South Panola Tigers defeated the Starkville Yellowjackets 47-13, Mullen and Smith looked on as commitments Kendrick Market and Nickolas Brassell played for the Tigers.
When Market found out that Smith was going to be at the game, he was anxious to show off his defensive skills to the cornerbacks coach of the Bulldogs.
"I was talking to coach Smith all week and he said he was coming to the game," Market said. "I was hyped all week. I just showed them what I can do."
Although the South Panola athlete may be recruited for his defense, Mullen may end up going to Market while shopping for someone to take snaps from the 'wildcat' formation.
Market showed the ability to run or throw the football for the Tigers when taking snaps directly from the center against the Jackets. He completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Henry, a two-point conversion toss to Donnell Chapman and had five carries for 42 yards.
"Market plays everywhere for us," South Panola coach Lance Pogue said. "He's a starter on defense and this is the second year in a row we've used him so much on offense in the 'wildcat.' He's a phenomenal athlete with great speed and great agility.
"He's just tough and everything you'd want in a football player. On top of that, he's just an unbelievable kid."
It doesn't matter to Market whether he's throwing or running the football. He just wants to contribute to the success of his team.
Market appears to be solid as far as making MSU his destination.
"I've been liking State since junior high," Market said. "It was my first offer and I just went on and committed."
The situation may not be as cut and dry for Brassell, a wide receiver for the Tigers.
Even though he views the Bulldogs as an up and coming team, Brassell gave a hint that a change of heart was a possibility.
"It was a lot of pressure on me coming from each direction," Brassell said of the recruiting process. "I just feel like that's the place to be right now. It's a long time from now until February so anything can happen."
The only thing that concerns Brassell right now is helping South Panola defend its Class 6A state championship.
With players like Brassell, Market, Lee Self and Quen Griffin, the Tigers have the pieces in place to once again make a run.
"It's really been a team effort," Brassell said. "We're trying to keep the No. 1 spot and make that championship game. We're trying to win the championship as a team and there's no single effort. We're putting it all on the field together."
Brassell caught four passes for 39 yards and had a 3-yard touchdown reception against SHS. He returned one kickoff for 24 yards.
Pogue appreciates the contributions from Brassell and Market and knows it won't stop in Batesville.
"Both of those kids have bright futures," Pogue said.