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Johnson selected for All-Star Classic

Emmanuel Johnson will play in the all-star classic in December.

McKenzie’s Emmanuel Johnson has been selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic on Dec. 11 in Mobile.

The AHSAA released the news on Wednesday.

Johnson is listed as an “athlete” on the roster. He plays a number of positions in high school, including running back, wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back. The senior has already committed to play for Southern Miss.

Johnson has helped lead the Tigers to a 7-0 record this season.

Greenville native Alvin Briggs, now coaching at Florence, will be an assistant coach on the team.

The squad is comprised of at least one player from each district and one player from each classification under AHSADCA selection guidelines. Alabama has won 10 of the last 12 games, including last year’s 21-13 contest with a defensive effort that limited Mississippi to just 44 total yards, including minus-6 yards rushing.

Alabama holds a 16-7 edge in the annual series which began in 1988.

“We think our selection committee has once again put together a very good team,” Bailey said. “We know Mississippi will have a talented team. This Alabama squad is one of our most talented in the series. We have an excellent head coach in Briarwood Christian’s Fred Yancey. He has a good staff set to assist him.”

Yancey is currently 216-78-1 in his head-coaching career with a 5-1 record this season. He has led the Lions to three state championships with the Class 5A crown in 2003, Class 3A in 1999 and 1998.

All players are current high school seniors.

The Alabama roster lists several seniors already committed to SEC or other major college teams.

Five players already committed to the University of Alabama are headed by outside linebacker Brent Calloway, rated one of the top recruits in the nation at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds.  Others include receivers Danny Woodson of LeFlore, Marvin Shinn of Vigor and Daryl Collins of Gadsden City, and defensive back Christion Jones of Minor. Jones chose the Tide last Thursday.

Auburn verbal commitments selected to the squad are defensive backs Anthony Swain of Gadsden City and Jonathan Rose of Leeds, defensive lineman Jabrian Niles of Davidson, 6-4, 285-pound center Reese Dismukes of Spanish Fort, and Sammie Coates of Leroy.

Among the roster players still uncommitted are Auburn defensive lineman JaMichael Payne and Valley safety Enrique Florence. Florence, rated the nation’s No. 5 prospect by Scout.com, is considered by most recruiting services as the state’s top prep prospect. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Stanford and UAB, among others.

Payne, who led Auburn in tackles last season, has drawn comparisons to former Auburn High School defensive lineman Demarcus Ware, one of the top defensive tackles in the NFL. Payne is considering Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Memphis, Southern Miss, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.

ALABAMA ALL-STAR ROSTER

QUARTERBACKS: Jacob Coker, Saint Paul’s; Stephen Rivers, Athens.

RUNNING BACKS: Chris Dukes, UMS-Wright; Damarcus James, Demopolis; Stanley Robinson, Carver-Montgomery; Ameer Abdullah, Homewood.

WIDE RECEIVERS: Sammie Coates, Leroy; Danny Woodson, LeFlore; Marvin Shinn, Vigor; Kardeem Poole,  Prattville; Daryl Collins, Gadsden City.

TIGHT END: Jaylon Denson, Hoover.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Reese Dismukes, Spanish Fort; Steven Jones, Foley; Nick  Lawhorn, Foley; Damon Husband, Williamson; Lance Schuffert, Prattville; Brandon Morgan, Hoover;  Hayden Nauman, Decatur; C.H. Scruggs, Walker.

KICKER/PUNTER: Wilson Whorton,  Briarwood Chr.

ATHLETE: Emmanuel Johnson, McKenzie.

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: JaMichael Payne, Auburn; Caleb Lawrence, Opelika; Allan Carson, Oxford; Jabrian Niles, Davidson; Dre’Shon McGaster, Foley.

DEFENSIVE ENDS/LINEBACKERS: Blake Dees, Spanish Fort; Bronterrious Jakes, Central-Phenix City; Miller Williams, Mountain Brook; Terrick Wright, Gadsden City; Brent Calloway, Russellville; Desmond Lavelle, Decatur; Denzell Perine, Davidson.

DEFENSIVE BACKS: Eric Dixon, Vigor; Enrique Florence, Valley; Jonathan Rose, Leeds; Jacquese Kirk, Walker; Christion Jones, Minor; Anthony Swain, Gadsden City.

COACHING STAFF

Head Coach: Fred Yancey, Briarwood Christian

Assistant Coaches: Alvin Briggs, Florence; Tripp Curry, Cherokee County; Chris Fancher, Gardendale; Tom Causey, Demopolis; David Lowery, Brantley; Al Pogue, Carver-Montgomery; Geoff Walters, Briarwood (scout).