Local players continue careers

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 6, 2003

The Natchez Democrat

centreville &045; It didn’t take Will Arnold long to figure out where he wanted to play college football at.

Since seeing his first LSU game at the tender age of 7 inside the thunderous walls of Tiger Stadium, the Centreville Academy offensive lineman knew he had to be a part of it.

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And so on Wednesday, on National Signing Day, Arnold made it official of his intentions to continue to wear the purple-and-gold and be called a Tiger &045; coincidentally the same colors and nickname Centreville goes by.

&uot;I’m ready. I think it’s going to be great,&uot; Arnold said Wednesday. &uot;There’s a lot of questions out there about whether I’m going to get to play, but I don’t think any of that is true.&uot;

Arnold’s teammate, fullback Drew Havard also committed Wednesday.

Havard will play at Southwest Community College where he hopes to catch the eye of Division-I schools, such as Southern Miss or Southeastern.

&uot;I’ve just been happy that I get to keep playing,&uot; Havard said.

&uot;It’s closer to home and it gives my parents and grandparent a chance to see me play.&uot;

As was expected, Ferriday’s backfield combo of Tyrrence Taylor and Brennan Smith committed to an ecstatic Nicholls State head coach Daryl Daye on Wednesday.

Daye, the Huntington product and former Ferriday head coach, was impressed with how Smith and Taylor conducted themselves on their official visits to Thibodaux, La.

&uot;The way the interacted with the players ans respected the coaches with a, ‘yes sir,’ or, ‘no sir,’ shows me we have two manificent human beings, not just football players,&uot; Daye said. &uot;When I interviewed my players who hosted them on their visits, they told me, ‘Coach we have to have them here.’&uot;

Daye, who played at Huntington during the same time Smith’s father Nathaniel Smith played for Ferriday, said he was happy to get a couple of locals under his belt.

Taylor and Smith are the first Ferriday recruits ever to sign with Nicholls.

&uot;I can’t wait to get them down here,&uot; Daye said. &uot;Everybody around here has been saying they’re going to get special treatment and I told all of them, ‘You’re right.’&uot;