By Brandon Speck/NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi football recruiting fans could have skipped right past the Super Bowl.
In-state college football fans have been more concerned with the whereabouts of Chris Jones.
Jones, the 5-star Houston defensive end, is expected to pick between Mississippi State and Ole Miss at 9 a.m. at Houston High School.
While Division I schools chase the stars, other schools have a bevy of players going the junior college route, some who were once expected to go straight to Division I.
Aberdeen has at least three players going to East Mississippi CC, including linebacker Justin “Bull” Lucas.
Lucas emerged as a sophomore and was getting looks from Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
“I’m surprised some (DI schools) didn’t come for Bull,” Aberdeen coach Mark Bray said. East Mississippi has recruited him hard and a big reason to go to East is they have a chance to win state every year, possibly another national championship. And it’s an opportunity to go on to maybe Division I.“
An hour after Jones, another Mississippi State commit is scheduled to sign his letter of intent. Gatorade Mississippi Player of the Year Ashton Shumpert will sign at the school at 10 a.m.
South Panola safety Anontio Conner is picking between Alabama and Ole Miss at 10:45 a.m.
Amory transformed into one of the state’s leading passing teams over the past two seasons. Two of their receivers are expected to sign with Division I schools.
Dario Robinson had six offers, including Illinois and Middle Tennessee, and will sign with Southeastern Louisiana this morning. Abaris Woodrick will sign with Mississippi Valley State.
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Aberdeen linemen Zay Forshee and Brandon Hodges are also expected to join Lucas in Scooba.
Bray was a part of the publicized recruitment of Channing Ward a year ago and said this year has been similar with junior colleges after his guys.
“We’ve have juco coaches coming in from everywhere,” Bray said, “from Pearl River to Northwest. You can’t go wrong with East Mississippi, and they really recruited us hard.”