Local athletes take part in National Signing Day
MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Every February 3, high school athletes across the U.S. gather in libraries and gymnasiums to take the next step in their athletic careers by signing a National Letter of Intent.
Many student athletes from our local counties signed letters today to continue playing football at the college level with a majority choosing to stay in the Magnolia State.
MERIDIAN HIGH SCHOOL
Two Wildcats will continue playing football next season at junior colleges. Kelik DuBose-Mauriscey will stay in state, signing with Mississippi Delta Community College. Xavier Willis will be taking his talents to McPherson College which is located in Kansas.
“It’s an honor to sign with a college. I’m ready to make a name for myself,” Willis said. “I feel like I have a lot of talent to improve upon...my goal is to go pro.”
SOUTHEAST LAUDERDALE HIGH SCHOOL
A trio of Tigers are headed to The Delta. Roman Hudnall, Tyler Griffin and Jacorey Holley signed to play football at Mississippi Delta Community College next season. Hudnall and Griffin will be playing in the secondary under defensive backs coach by CJ Hampton, who is the son of late Southeast Lauderdale football coach Calvin Hampton.
ENTERPRISE HIGH SCHOOL
Senior linebacker/safety Ethan Baxley is headed to Poplarville. Baxley signed to continue playing football next year at Pearl River Community College. During his time at Enterprise, Baxley watched the program go from finishing fourth in the district his freshman year, to making it all the way to the semifinals of the playoffs this past season. Baxley believes his experience at enterprise can help him turn Pearl River into a winning program.
“I think I’ve been through the worst two years we’ve ever had and two of the best we’ve ever had,” Baxley said. “It was a really fun experience being able to turn a program around and I look forward to bringing that experience to Pearl River.”
NEWTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
In Decatur, five players signed to continue their football careers at East Central Community College (ECCC) while one is headed to Jones College. The five staying in Decatur include Carlois and Carlonte Walker, Damon Mapp, Riley Cain and Christian McGee. Miguel Evans will take his own path and suit up for Jones in the fall. Newton County had one of its best seasons this past year, and all six players are looking forward to taking what they learned with the program to the next level.
“It feels great after all the work we put in. We had a good season. It didn’t exactly end the way we wanted it to but I feel like we’re all proud of each other,” Cain said. “We’re all here for one another and we’re just excited for this next year.”
UNION HIGH SCHOOL
The Yellowjackets are sending three players to in-state junior colleges. had three seniors signing. Two players in offensive linaman Jacob Moore and linebacker Peyton Posey will stay close to Union and attend ECCC. The Yellowjackets ace wide receiver Jamarcus “Julio” Jones will joining the reigning Mississippi JUCO champions at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
As Posey prepares to take the next step in his athletic career, he reflected back on the memories made at Union
“It’s an amazing environment around here with the football program we have and with the community. Everybody’s just one big family,” Posey said. “Growing up and playing here all my four years has been unreal with Coach Breland who was a great coach and Coach Wren who came in and was a great coach this year.”
QUITMAN HIGH SCHOOL
Three football players from Quitman High School are taking their talents to the next level. Jacobey Buxton will travel out of Mississippi to play at Dakota State, Payton Davidson signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast and Robert Thompson will play next season at Louisiana Community Christian in Louisiana.
WAYNE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Four players from the War Eagle football program inked letters of intent. Two players, Martavius Evans and Kelnevius Walley, will be teammates again next season at Mississippi Gulf Coast. Chayce Daniels signed with Miles College in Alabama while Shadamien Williamson is headed to Pearl River.
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