DITR: Micah Stallworth, Jackson Prep (Jackson, MS)

Our newest Diamond in the Rough is Class of 2024 Cornerback/Running Back Micah Stallworth. Micah is a returning starter for the Jackson Prep Patriots. Jackson is 5’11 190 LBS, he runs a 4.59. forty-yard dash, benches 225 LBS, squats 365 LBS, and power cleans 255 LBS. Last year he was a big part of the Patriots championship run, he allowed no catches in the State Game, and was voted MVP of the game. He had 3 picks, 1 rushing touchdown, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 fumble recovery last season. Micah also excels in the classroom with a 3.0 GPA.

When did you start football?

            “I started playing football when I was in the 6th grade.”

What is your favorite part about playing football?

            “I love the importance of defense, you can release your anger when tackling and it sets the tone of the game.”

What is the hardest part about football?

            “Competition, it is always getting better, everyone is putting in the work. If you aren’t the one doing the most you won’t succeed.”

What is something you have learned playing football?

            “It takes time, you can’t be in a rush with football you just need to stay the course.”

Do you play any other sports?

            “I am on the track team. I participate in the 100M, 200M, 4x100M, 4x200M, long jump, triple jump, and high jump.”

Who is your favorite College Football Team?

            “My family is from Alabama and I live in Mississippi, so I am split between Alabama and Ole Miss.”

Who is your favorite NFL Team?

            “I love the Seattle Seahawks, especially when they had the Legion of Boom.”

Who is your biggest role model in life?

            “My grandmother, when I was younger I would stay with her from time to time and she really taught me lots of lessons on how to be a man and how to treat people. I would say I play for her.”

Is there anyone in the NFL or College you watch and mimic your game after?

            “Coby Bryant for the Seahawks, he is undersized like me and knows how to use his body to get the advantage. I also like Budda Baker because of the way he can tackle inside.”

How do you balance school and football?

            “During the season I really make sure I get my work done during the day and during my study hall so I can focus on football when it is time.”

Do you have any personal goals for next season?

            “I want to go back-to-back in the Championship, and I want to increase my interceptions. I would also like to be named to All-Conference, All-Metro, All-Star, and All-MAIS.”

How do you prepare for a game?

            “I just try to chill, we go through our pregame routine and hype up, then I lock In.”

What is your best skillset as a player?

            “My tackling. I can shed blocks well, and that helps get me to the ball carrier and take him down.”

What does it mean to be a good teammate?

            “It means a lot to me. I am older amongst the younger players, and I want to push them for the culture and next generation.”

What does your team need to do in order to reach your goals?

            “We had some great seniors last year, so fill those spots with our young talent. We need to keep practicing on the fundamentals, working on all of the small things will translate into our success.”