Bay High leads way for locals on National Signing Day, Ole Miss Rebels crash national rankings
By Joseph W. Gex, II
Feb 8, 2013, 18:39
On Wednesday, Feb. 6 high school football players across the nation signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate football next season. Several local standouts inked with schools to continue their playing career. The Bay High Tigers had eight players move on to the next level while Hancock had one.
The Tigers had their best season in school history advancing to the state quarter-finals in Class 4A before narrowly falling to Class 4A state finalist Greene County 28-26 in November.
Several of the talented Tiger seniors signed National Letters of Intent to play at the next level. Running back Justus Williams and defensive back Rashad Williams both signed with Mississippi Valley State University which competes on the FCS level.
Justus Williams rushed for over 1,800 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2012. He also is a four-year letter winner on the basketball team. Rashad Williams was a leader in the defensive backfield accounting for four interceptions and over 50 tackles. He also played on the Tigersí soccer team.
Tyler Berry, a defensive end for the Tigers, signed with Mississippi College. The Choctaws are a Division III school in Clinton.
Phalen Booker, a defensive tackle for the Tigers, signed his scholarship papers with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston. Booker was the only area player chosen for the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Classic in December. Booker recorded over 130 tackles his senior year.
Jones County Junior College signed four Tigers to scholarships on Wednesday.
The signees include LB Kendall Island, C Travis Brogle, LB Coty Mitchell and OL Aaron Bourgeois. Island paced the linebackers for the Tigers with 130-plus tackles while Mitchell also a 100-plus tackle season. Bourgeois, a mammoth offensive tackle, and Brogle, a stalwart center, anchored the Tiger offensive line.
Devin Smith, a linebacker from Hancock, also signed with JCJC. Smith, a three-year letter winner, had a 100-plus tackle season for the Hawks.
Former Hancock Hawk Ryan Noonan signed to play for Southeastern University in Hammond, LA. Noonan finished his playing career at Pope John Paul II High School in Slidell and lives in Diamondhead.
The Ole Miss Rebels were the big winners in the collegiate ranks for the state of Mississippi. The Rebels collected the #5-ranked recruiting class according to ESPN.
The 2013 Rebel class is led by the nationís consensus top-ranked recruit in DT Robert Nkemdiche. He joins his older brother, Denzel, at Ole Miss.
The Rebels also received letters of intent from #1-ranked WR Laquon Treadwell of Illinois, #1-ranked OT Laremy Tunsil of Florida, #3-ranked OT Austin Gholsen of Alabama and #2-ranked S Antonio Connor of South Panola. The Rebels signed 28 players and six of those signees are already enrolled in school.