Philadelphia had two players sign national letters-of-intent Wednesday morning, with Dustin Sullivan signing with Holmes Community College and Anthony Triplett staying close to home with ECCC.
Sullivan is a defensive lineman but according to Philly coach Teddy Dyess, his biggest talent may be as a long snapper.
"He is a force to be reckoned with on the defensive line and on top of that he's a Division I long snapper," Dyess said.
Triplett starred at defensive back for the Tornadoes, while somehow flying under the radar. He led the state in interceptions each of the past two seasons. Yet, Triplett wasn’t well known mainly because Philly had Dandy Dozen selection Montreal Jordan on the other side of the field.
"East Central is getting a steal in him," Dyess added. "He's a kid that's going to continue to make plays."
Jordan, though, did not sign Wednesday. After committing to Alcorn State following a visit this past weekend, Jordan chose to delay his signing as he mulls over his options, which include Hinds Community College and Jackson State, according to Dyess.
— Jamie Wachter
Elsewhere in the area, Union, Newton County and Neshoba Central all had two players sign as well.
The Yellowjackets had offensive lineman Jon Parker sign with East Central, while Jessie Gill is headed to EMCC.
Parker is 6-8, 300 pounds and has shown so much improvement the past two seasons that Union coach Brad Breland is excited to see how much better the big lineman can get.
"He's come a longways the past two years and I've told everybody if he improves the next two years as much as he's done the past two years, he'll be playing on Saturdays," he said. "He could be a Division I player if he keeps working and developing his talents."
Gill, though, after starring for two seasons at quarterback and making big plays nonstop for the Yellowjackets, will now try to prevent them with the Lions as he moves over to safety.
"I think Jessie will fit in and find his niche there," Breland added.
Newton County also is sending a lineman to ECCC in defensive lineman Demetre McCleon. The 5-10, 250-pounder is recovering from a knee injury, but Cougars coach Jackie Williamson expects him to make an impact.
"He's versatile enough to play d-line or o-line and I wouldn't be surprised if he plays some o-line," he said. "He's been working out after school trying to get himself ready.
"He loves the game and will be a good competitor for them."
The Cougars are also sending Joe Wansley to Faulkner where he will play for former NC coach Charlie Boren, an assistant with the Eagles.
"I think they are getting a prize," Williamson added. "He's 6-4 and he hasn't played football but for two years and the sky is the limit for him."
The Rockets, meanwhile, had linebacker Tommy McCool and wide receiver Darrion Burnside both sign with ECCC.
— Jamie Wachter