Meridian defensive lineman Dajon Terry actually signed with Kansas in December during the early signing period.
He simply chose to postpone his announcement to Wednesday — National Signing Day — the same day the majority of his teammates would be making their college decisions. Terry, along with eight other Wildcats, secured their football future beyond high school Wednesday morning in the school’s multipurpose building.
“It feels awesome, great to get this out of the way,” Terry said. “I liked everything (about Kansas). I just like the crowd of people, the school, the academics and the football part.”
He also liked the fact he’ll be playing for former LSU head coach Les Miles, who will enter his first season as the Jayhawks’ coach this fall. While Miles has a reputation as a funny, down-to-earth guy, Terry said that’s only half of his new coach’s personality.
“He’s goofy, but at the same time, he’s kind of serious about everything,” Terry explained.
Quarterback Tevarrius Adams and wide receiver Kendrick Brown, previously a Southern Miss commit, both announced for Alcorn State Wednesday, while defensive lineman Thomas Anderson will head to rival Jackson State. Defensive lineman Roderick Jimerson inked with Mississippi Valley State, and offensive lineman Johnathan Merritt and linebacker Juleon Selvie both signed with East Mississippi Community College.
Linebacker Xavier Curry wrapped up the recruiting process by signing with Louisiana Monroe, a decision that excites the future Warhawk.
“It feels really good,” Curry said of his decision. “The campus is a great feeling. When I stepped on campus, all of the players greeted me, and the class of 2019 players are already getting along really well, so this is a good feeling to know you have some players behind you already before you even get to the facility.”
Curry also said he’s grateful for the opportunity to play football at the FBS level.
“It means a lot,” Curry said. “Coming from a small place like this, you have to work really hard and stuff, and Division I means you have to step it up more than you know, so I’m ready for it.”
One-time Auburn commit Jamond Gordon, a defensive lineman, was expected to pick between the Tigers and Ole Miss Wednesday but ultimately opted to join Merritt and Selvie at EMCC.
“I feel great about my choice,” Gordon said. “I’ll be closer to home for the next six months at least.”
In addition to being able to contend for a junior college national title at EMCC, Gordon said the people associated with the Lions’ program also attracted him to Scooba.
“They’re great people,” Gordon said. “They’re down-to-earth folks, and I have teammates going this year, so I feel great playing with them (again).”
After EMCC, Gordon said he hopes to reopen the recruitment process and land at a four-year university.
“Get in there, get my work done and get out there and get to the Division I level,” Gordon said with a smile.