Southern MIss, Ole Miss & LSU ink JUCO football players

By A.J. Giardina – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Southern Miss football coach Larry Fedora announced the signing of three junior college players on Wednesday.

Vincent Brown is a 6-6, 310 pound offensive lineman from Miami, Florida.  He played at ASA Institute in New York City.  The team posted 7 wins and 3 losses and he was a second team Northeast Football Conference selection.

Martez Thompson, a 6-1, 190 pound defensive back from Pascagoula High School, attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College the last two seasons.  In 2010 he had 28 tackles (23 solos) helping the Bulldogs finish 10-2, captured the MACJC Championship and beat Grand Rapids 62-53 in the Mississippi Bowl.  Gulf Coast finished the season ranked Number 3 in the National JUCO rankings.

The Golden Eagles also signed Clifford Johnson of Jacksonville, Florida.  The 6-0, 195 pound defensive back played a at Pierce College in Los Angeles, California.

Ole Miss football coach Houston Nutt signed four junior college standouts.

Ivan Nicholas of Jacksonville, Florida is a 5-11, 190 pound safety.  He earned first team All-Northeast Conference at ASA College in New York City.  He posted 50 tackles, 13.5 TFLs and 2.0 QB sacks.

Gilbert Pena, another ASA College product, is a 6-4, 310 pound defensive tackle.  He made 41 tackles, 17.0 TFLs and 5.0 QB sacks.  He was a first team All-Northeast Conference selection.

Wesley Pendleton, a 5-10, 175 pound cornerback, posted 28 tackles, 11 pass breakups and three interceptions for Co-Lin Community College.  He was named first team All-State and selected MACJC's Most Valuable Defensive Back along with All-Region XXIII honors.

6-5, 220 pound quarterback Zack Stoudt led Iowa Western Community College to a 9-2 record and Number 6 national ranking.  He passed for 1,812 yards and 18 touchdowns.  He was rated the Number 45 junior college player in the nation by

6-5, 240 pound junior college quarterback Zach Mettenberger delivered his national letter of intent on Wednesday to LSU head coach Les Miles.  He led Butler Community College to 11 wins and 1 loss and a Number 2 national ranking.  Butler lost the national title game.

Mettenberger passed for 2,678 yards and 32 touchdowns at Butler and is scheduled to enroll at LSU in January and participate in spring drills. He will be eligible to compete with Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee for the starting job in the fall.

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