SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - It's National Signing Day and athletes from high schools across South Mississippi are committing to play for colleges throughout the country.
Five members of East Central High's 4A South State Championship team signed with colleges. "Touchdown" Tony Brown - who was named the 2017 Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year - will head to Mobile to play for South Alabama, where he will join fellow USA signee Wyatt Green. Meanwhile, standout tight end Brad "Mule" Cumbest heads off to Mississippi State. Andrew Seward and Rylee Brown will join the Wildcats at Pearl River County Community College in the fall.
Ocean Springs sent nine athletes to the next level. After an eventful recruiting process, Greyhounds safety Malcolm Magee signed his letter of intent to play collegiately with Colorado State. His fellow gridiron standout Brett Burton signed with East Mississippi as a long snapper. Meanwhile, five boys soccer standouts from Ocean Springs sign on the dotted line: Brandon Pasquini (PRCC), Kealan Baggett (PRCC), Mike Jiminez (PRCC), Max Higginbotham (Southwest) and Caleb Burke (William Carey). Girls goalkeeper Autumn Fike also signed with Southwest, while cross country standout Andrea Wheeler signed with William Carey.
In George County, 12 athletes signed with colleges, including softball standout Katilyn Passeau, who will join Southern Miss, and Jamar Jackson, who will head to East Central Community College.
Rebels linebacker Austin Walker signed with Gulf Coast. Two other George County seniors signed softball scholarships, Hannah Rasberry with Pearl River and Brooklyn King with East Central. Five Rebels soccer standouts are heading to the next level: Olivia Simpson (JCJC), Kaley Smith (PRCC), Skyler Steede (JCJC), Tyler Stansberry (Meridian), Ethan Crawford (Meridian), Jonathan Lorenzo (JCJC) and Jordan Cochran (JCJC).
St. Patrick High's Tyler Musial signed his Letter of Intent Wednesday to play soccer for William Carey, said the school.
Meanwhile, Biloxi will send a pair of football standouts to Jones County Junior College, quarterback Brodie King and offensive lineman Alexis Galle.
Hancock County High School's Nick Rose signed with Jones County Junior College, while Marquis Cherry is headed to Pearl River Community College.
From Gulfport High, Jeremiah "Tonka" Braziel signed to play with East Mississippi Community College - the school made famous by the Netflix series "Last Chance U." Powerlifter Jaquan Foster is making history, signing with Midland Nebraska College. Karlos Dillard signed a football scholarship to play with the U.S. Air Force Academy. Gi'Narious Johnson is joining the Wildcats up in Pearl River County. Brandon Keys will go to Bethany College in West Virginia.
A trio of Harrison Central Red Rebels will head to the JUCO ranks to play collegiate football. Quarterback Chase Jones signed with Gulf Coast, running back Keon Moore will head to East Mississippi and defensive standout Charvis Gandy inked with Copiah-Lincoln.
D'Iberville will also send three football players to the next level. Chad Searight signed with Pearl River, Richard Landry, Jr. inked with Gulf Coast and Fred Green makes it official with East Central.
After having to replace Myles Brennan at St. Stanislaus, senior quarterback Jakob Greer will now get to blaze his own trail at Pearl River, while offensive lineman Brandon Tartavoulle signed with Gulf Coast despite his original commitment to Central Arkansas.
Meanwhile, Derek Young of Long Beach signed with Coahoma Community College, and Jaylan Wilson of Bay High signed with Pearl River.
Five Gautier High students took the walk down the school's annual "yellow brick road," straight to the colleges awaiting at the signing table.
Pascagoula defensive end Jaeden Ridgeway signed on the dotted line with Pearl River.
Just across town, Resurrection quarterback Justin Blake Porter inked his NLI with Mississippi College, while Eagles defensive lineman Jackson Byrd signed with MGCCC. Gavin Backs signed with Gulf Coast Prep Sports Academy, while Patrick Roth signed with MGCCC to play tennis.
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