Meridian Star

December 18, 2013

Adkins signs on with Louisiana Lafayette

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Fresh off of earning Offensive MVP for East Mississippi Community College in the Mississippi Bowl, wide receiver Antoinne Adkins announced he will continue his college career at University of Louisiana Lafayette.

    The former Meridian High School star, Adkins signed his letter of intent to the Ragin’ Cajuns on Wednesday and will enroll at Louisiana Lafayette in January.

    Adkins, who is the first player in Mississippi  Association of Community and Junior Colleges history to win two national championships, finished his career at EMCC with a 24-0 record. He totaled six receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns in EMCC’s 52-32 national championship win over Georgia Military in the Mississippi Bowl on Dec. 8. Adkins finished the season with 53 receptions for 807 yards and eight touchdowns for the Lions.

    His decision to commit to Louisiana Lafayette came during a visit over the weekend where he met with Louisiana Lafayette coaches and players.

    “The team had so much energy,” Adkins said. “It kind of reminded me of how we were as a group here at EMCC. They made me feel welcomed. After that visit, they won me over.”

    Adkins said playing in Louisiana will put him close enough to home where his family can come watch him play, but also far enough away to give him a new experience at the college level.

    Louisiana Lafayette beat out Troy for Adkins’ commitment. The decision to pass up Troy was not an easy one for the 5-10 wideout, as EMCC quarterback Dontreal Pruitt signed to play with Trojans.

    “It was hard to go in a different direction than Dontreal Pruitt,” Adkins said. “But I thought it was the best fit for me.”

    Adkins will work out with the Ragin’ Cajuns in the spring and is optimistic about making a difference right away on the field.

    “Playing time is earned,” he said. “It depends how you work, how you prepare. You need to go to class, be on time; that’s how you earn playing time. My plan is to get there, work hard and try to beat the guy in front of me.

    “I just feel like I can not only learn while I am there, but also help them as a team. We all help each other as a family.”