After helping North Jackson turn in a stellar season, Lee Witherspoon will try to help his state post a win.
The North Jackson senior will play in the annual Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.
Scottsboro offensive lineman Bradford Womack was also chosen to play in the game but will miss it because of an injury. He will attend the banquet for the event Sunday and the game.
The game is set for Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery. The game will be televised by WAFF-Huntsville’s digital channel 48.2.
This is the third time in four seasons that a player from Jackson County has played in the game.
North Jackson’s Austin Cummins played in the 2015 game while Scottsboro’s Ethan Edmondson played in the 2017 game. Cummins is not at Jacksonville State and Edmondson is at Southern Miss.
Witherspoon is committed to Mississippi State late month following a record-setting season at North Jackson.
After transferring to North Jackson from Parker in Birmingham, Witherspoon ran for a school-record 2,846 yards on 148 carries (19.3 yards per carry) and totaled a state-record 53 rushing touchdowns. The Parker transfer scored a state-record 59 touchdown in all this season for the Chiefs, who averaged 56 points per game, went 11-1 and won the Class 4A Region 7 championship.
Witherspoon is rated by 247Sports.com as Alabama’s No. 44 prospect and the nation’s No. 75 running back prospect for the Class of 2019.
But, according to a report from 247sports.com, Witherspoon worked at defensive back during the Alabama All-Stars’ first practice. Witherspoon was selected to the game as an athlete, but is set to play running back at Mississippi State.
Witherspoon will wear jersey No. 1 during the game according to a roster released by the AHSAA.
Former Scottsboro quarterback Bo Nix, an Auburn commit who led Pinson Valley to the last two Class 6A titles, will also play in the game. Nix set the AHSAA’s total career yardage record earlier this season.
Fyffe’s Payton Anderson is playing for the Alabama All-Stars. The all-state running back and Class 2A state championship game MVP for the 15-0 Red Devils is playing defensive back this week. He started at both positions this season.