Signing Day: Local athletes commit to football programs

Published 12:01 am Thursday, February 7, 2019

By Ben Hillyer and

Scott Hawkins

Wednesday was National Signing Day, the day high school seniors are eligible to sign commitments to play sports with National Collegiate Athletic Association-member colleges and universities, and several Miss-Lou athletes signed with programs.

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Adams County Christian School

JaKarius Caston signed with Hinds Community College.

Caston said he is very excited to be going to the community college in Raymond.

“I like the coach and the campus. I believe I will feel comfortable there,” Caston said. “They like my skills and like the fact that I can play a lot of different positions.”

Caston said playing for Hinds will bring him closer to his goal of playing with schools like LSU and Florida.

He hopes to excel on the field and show what he can do in the next two-years

“If I put mind to it and work hard I know can go to a Div. I school,” Caston said.

Cedric Green Jr. and his team mate KaMari Clark signed with Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Green said he is excited about his future on the Summit campus.  He said he expects to be on the defensive line for the Bears when football season starts.

Clark said he is also excited about the opportunity to play for the Bears and to be playing with Green,

“I am glad we will continue to be playing together on the same team,” Clark said.

Clark said he will also be playing on the defensive line as a corner back, a position he is familiar with at ACCS.

“The new coach (Tim Stowers) and defensive coordinator (Corey Barlow) at Southwest played a big role in my decision,” Clark. “I hope to come and have a starting spot.”

Ferriday High School

Ferriday High School’s Derrick Sheppard Jr. signed to play fullback for Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“It means a lot,” said Sheppard, who plans to study computer science. “It is an opportunity to get a good education and play in college.”

Sheppard is the son of Derrick Sheppard Sr. and Rashaunda Scott.

Ferriday High School’s Larry Scott signed with Delta State University in Cleveland.

Scott said he plans to play linebacker and plans to study kinesiology.

“It means everything,” Scott said of the scholarship offer. “All the hard work, the long classes and work in the gym paid off.”

Scott, the son of Roosevelt Washington and Roslyn Scott, said he hopes to one day play in the National Football league.

Natchez High School

Natchez High School’s E’Daniel Jones signed with Belhaven College in Jackson.

Jones said he plans to play safety and linebacker for the Belhaven Blazers football program in Jackson.

“They saw my talent and had more to offer,” Jones said. “They welcomed me and it felt like family.”

Jones said he is particularly excited to be playing for a school just up the road in Jackson.

“Glad to be playing close to home, especially since I have some family in Jackson,” Jones said.

Jones’ teammate Jamel Myles will be playing farther away from home in Highland, Kansas.

Myles signed with Highland Community College to play for the Scotties.

“The coach said he likes the way I get out of the blocks and that I play hard,” Myle said.

Myles said his dream is to one day play for the NFL but knows how important it is to complete his college education for a possible career as an architect, which is his main goal.

“I feel like playing for Highland is the best opportunity to continue my football career,” Myles said. “I am blessed and I am going to take advantage of my opportunity and put in the work for a Division I college.”

Natchez High School’s Ryon Rigsby signed during the early signing period with Jones College.