PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -
The Pascagoula High School library was packed full of students, teachers, coaches and proud parents Wednesday morning. At 8:30 head coach Lewis Sims organized the signings event and what a job he has done since taking over the Panthers head coaching reins.
He had three young men sign on the dotted line with major college football programs.
6-3, 235 pound defensive end Keith Joseph Junior is taking his talents to Starkville. Joseph will follow in his dad's footsteps, signing with Mississippi State.
Joseph said, "I believe it's a family atmosphere and I believe when I get up there everything is going to fall in place. I'm going to make things happen."
6-1, 300 pound defensive tackle Jauan Collins will travel up highway 49, destination...Southern Miss. With his dad by his side Collins inked his Golden Eagles Letter of Intent.
"It's just a great family atmosphere. Great football tradition and when I went for my visit I met the coaches and players and just love the place, "stated Collins.
Highly-talented wide receiver Jaylen Smith has the size at 6-3, 207 pounds to develop into a premier college player. Smith signed on the dotted line with the Louisville Cardinals. Former Pascagoula standout Terrell Buckley, a Louisville assistant coach, helped greatly in recruiting Smith.
Smith said, "They're losing five receivers so me being a receiver, that's just early opportunity for me to come in and make an impact."
Coach Sims said, "It all started when these young men were in the eighth grade. They came up and built on the success early on. We have great coaches in the middle school grades and the players were ready to learn and ready to play." He added, "They took care of business in the classroom, in the weight room and on the football field. They led this team the past four years to a 39 and 13 record, a 5A South State Championship, Region 4-5A title and numerous individual honors."
Randy Hogan, Biscuit Thomas and Will Inlow all signed with Pearl River Community College and Hunter Godfrey is heading to East Mississippi.