CRAWFORD — East Oktibbeha High School’s Jimmie Williams Jr. didn’t worry when he received a phone call from East Mississippi Community College informing him the school wasn’t protecting him. Even though it was only a month or so before National Signing Day, Williams Jr. had enough confidence in what he has accomplished on the football to know he would get an opportunity to continue his football career in college.
STARKVILLE — One step is all Alexis Rack needs to change a game. For most players, that step would take them closer to the basket But Rack’s most dangerous step might be in reverse. How can one step mean so much?
MACON — The Noxubee County football team has enjoyed many accolades after winning the Class 4A state title. Standout senior wide receiver Patrick Patterson participated in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game and The Army All-American Game.
WEST POINT — The West Point High School football team was well represented Wednesday on National Signing Day. Four Green Wave players signed letters of intent to take their skills and talents to the next level.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Every National Signing Day announcement didn’t go his way, but when the sun had set, University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban had reeled in another top 5 recruiting class. “It’s a great blend of good athletes, some size players, and some guys who meet a need for us in the future,” Saban. “I thought it was really important we get some big players with long arms.”
Starkville High School defensive end Johnathan Archie is ready for a fresh start. Archie is prepared to take full advantage of the chance after he signed Wednesday to play football for the Jackson State Tigers of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Antonio Griggs prefers to take a positive approach. But even someone who has a reputation for being a hard worker and for setting a good example had to be a little concerned that there weren’t a lot of schools recruiting him to play football.
One opportunity was enough for Johnny Cockrell. Picking one destination proved to be a little tougher than Billy Autrey imagined.
Each story on National Signing Day is unique. And even though Jonathan Guerry, Josh Ferguson, and Tamicdrius Davis took different paths to realize their dreams Wednesday, each started out with at least a little doubt that they would be able to continue their football careers in college.
STARKVILLE — One of the goals for new Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen with his first recruiting class was to get the best players possible to run his spread offense. After announcing 19 signees Wednesday to join the eight newcomers who enrolled at mid-term, Mullen believes he and his coaches accomplished their mission.
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