JUNIOR COLLEGE: Perry tops 'big-time' haul for Northeast

By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal

Walnut running back Shaquille Perry signed Wednesday with Mississippi State, but he’ll play his first two seasons in Booneville.
Northeast Mississippi Community College head coach Ricky Smither is excited to have the Daily Journal’s 2010 Offensive Player of the Year – who didn’t meet NCAA academic requirements – joining his team’s backfield.
“This guy’s the total package,” Smither said. “We’ve had some big backs, but he has the height and the weight.
“He’s a great player. We’re proud to have him.”
The powerful Perry rushed for 2,188 yards and scored 37 touchdowns for the Wildcats. He also caught 16 passes for 311 yards and three scores.
Northeast also signed two quarterbacks – Calhoun City’s J.R. Jennings and New Albany’s Tyler Basil – who directed their teams to the state playoffs.
“Both these guys are big-time quarterbacks,” said Smither, who Tigers finished 5-4 in the MACJC North Division. “We’re going to let them compete and we should get a great starter. We’re going to need both; this is a rough league.”
Morris joins ICC
Itawamba signed only one player Wednesday from Tupelo – 5-10, 175 cornerback Devontay Morris – but the Indians enlisted a good one, Golden Wave coach David Bradberry said.
“We didn’t know how he was going to play,” Bradberry said. “We had him at lockdown corner, playing a whole lot of man-to-man with little help – the toughest assignment – and he did an excellent job.”
Morris recorded a pass interception against Horn Lake and had a fumble recovery against South Panola.
“I’ve been looking at ICC,” Morris said. “I like the program. I’m looking forward to playing there.”
Other notable recruits for the Indians included Aberdeen offensive and defensive lineman Fred Ward, Calhoun City wide receiver Demarius Howard, Saltillo linebacker Quad Freeman and Shannon quarterback LeGilbert Bogan.
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