#8 - Devin Rockette
Running a sub-4.4 40-yard dash has plenty of perks. One that earned Devin Rockette an offer from Ole Miss after showing off that speed at the Rebels camp and then committed a week later after performing another sub-4.4 at a Mississippi State camp.
All of a sudden, SEC schools are looking at this speedy football player who got more playing time as the season wore on last year. Rockette ended up with 53 tackles last year, 4th among secondary players but also didn't see the playing time increase until racking up big plays in three consecutive games.
Rockette picked off Madison Central QB Jack Walker in their game against the Jaguars. Then in the next game against Lafayette, Rockette blocked a Field Goal attempt and ended up taking it back for a touchdown only for the points to be wiped away on what ended up being a bogus block-in-the-back call way away from the play after the block occurred. Then against West Point in September, he forced and then recovered a fumble which he returned for his lone touchdown (that counted) for the season. That was a big turning point for Oxford in that region game.
Rockette became a State Champion on the Track team being a part of the 4x200m team and also finished sixth on the relay team nationally to become an All-American. His team set a new 5A record with a time of 1:26.68. He also finished third in the 200m, behind fellow teammate JaQuan Webb. He looks to help the track team four-peat in the upcoming season.
This is the year to prove his worth in football. The way to do it is to perform in games.