|East Mississippi Community College sends 20 football players to four-year schools|
SCOOBA – Headlined by Southeastern Conference signees Quinton Dial and Izauea Lanier, 20 members of East Mississippi Community College’s football program have signed with four-year schools in advance of the 2011 season.
An NJCAA All-American Second Team selection as a sophomore defensive lineman for the EMCC Lions, Dial signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Alabama. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound standout from Clay-Chalkville (Ala.) High School will join former EMCC teammate Brandon Lewis with the Crimson Tide.
Lanier, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back, has inked with the University of Tennessee after sitting out the 2010 football season at EMCC. Having starred on the Lions’ 2009 MACJC state championship squad, the Gordo, Ala., native will have three seasons of eligibility with the UT Volunteers.
Signing with Conference USA members during the mid-semester break in December were defensive backs Johnny Cockrell and Perrance Ward. A former West Point High School product, Ward signed with the University of Memphis, while Cockrell, a Columbus native, has reunited with former EMCC teammates Pat Shed, T.J. Ballou, Quartney Cox and Billy Autrey at UAB.
Five former East Mississippi Lions will move onto three different Southland Conference football programs. Starkville’s Brad Henderson, a 2010 NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention pick at quarterback for EMCC, and defensive back Fred Tate, from Noxubee County, joined the Northwestern State (La.) University program at the mid-semester break in December. Defensive linemen Devin Hawkins (Caledonia HS) and Cleveland Shelton (East Oktibbeha HS) will be reunited with former Lion teammates Derrick Steele and Jermayne Lett at the University of Central Arkansas. Meridian’s Kevin Roberts will join defensive lineman C.J. Jenkins, a Southeast Lauderdale product, at Southeastern Louisiana University.
EMCC will also be represented in the Ohio Valley Conference and Southwestern Athletic Conference with offensive lineman Trevor Wallace (Itawamba AHS) and defensive back Lakendrick Carter (Kosciusko HS) heading to Murray State University and Mississippi Valley State University, respectively.
East Mississippi head football coach Buddy Stephens and his staff will send a team-high three players to the University of North Alabama in wide receiver Marcus McQuarley (Meridian MS), linebacker Donnelli Johnson (East Oktibbeha HS) and defensive back Deangelo White (Charleston HS). Joining them in the Gulf South Conference (NCAA Division II) will be running back Trayshun King (Columbia HS) and linebacker Jimmy Roby (Noxubee County HS) at Arkansas Tech University and the University of West Alabama, respectively. Roby will join forces with former EMCC defensive standouts Gabe Poe, Alvin Ellis and John Rice at UWA.
Also heading to NCAA Division II football programs from EMCC will be wide receiver Andre Taylor to Northeastern State (Okla.) University of the Lone Star Conference and former Newton County running back Floyd Graves to Miles College (Ala.) of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
In addition, former EMCC players Chris Bertucci (Gulfport HS) and C.J. Odom (Fort Myers, Fla.) are invited walk-ons at the University of Memphis and Western Kentucky University, respectively.
EMCC 2010-11 FOOTBALL TRANSFERS TO FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS
Quinton Dial (6-6, 325, DL) – Clay-Chalkville (AL) HS – University of Alabama
Izauea Lanier (6-1, 185, DB) – Gordo (AL) HS – University of Tennessee
Johnny Cockrell (6-0, 200, DB) – Columbus (MS) HS – UAB
Perrance Ward (6-1, 210, DB) – West Point (MS) HS – University of Memphis
Devin Hawkins (6-6, 225, DL) – Caledonia (MS) HS – University of Central Arkansas
Cleveland Shelton (6-2, 265, DL) – East Oktibbeha (MS) HS – University of Central Arkansas
Kevin Roberts (5-11, 190, DB) – Meridian (MS) HS – Southeastern Louisiana University
Brad Henderson (6-0, 215, QB) – Starkville (MS) HS – Northwestern State (La.) University
Fred Tate (6-0, 205, DB) – Noxubee County (MS) HS – Northwestern State (La.) University
Lakendrick Carter (6-1, 200, DB) – Kosciusko (MS) HS – Mississippi Valley State University
Trevor Wallace (6-3, 270, OL) – Itawamba (MS) AHS – Murray State University
Marcus McQuarley (5-11, 170, WR) – Meridian (MS) HS – University of North Alabama
Donnelli Johnson (6-2, 200, LB) – East Oktibbeha (MS) HS – University of North Alabama
Deangelo White (6-6, 220, DB) – Charleston (MS) HS – University of North Alabama
Trayshun King (5-9, 185, RB) – Columbia (MS) HS – Arkansas Tech University
Andre Taylor (6-0, 180, WR) – Crossland HS (Washington, D.C.) – Northeastern State (Okla.) University
Jimmy Roby (6-2, 225, LB) – Noxubee County (MS) HS – University of West Alabama
Floyd Graves (5-9, 190, RB) – Newton County (MS) HS – Miles College (Ala.)
Chris Bertucci (6-1, 220, LB) – Gulfport (MS) HS – University of Memphis (invited walk-on)
C.J. Odom (5-11, 210, DB) – Fort Myers (FL) HS – Western Kentucky University (invited walk-on)
|Last Updated ( Friday, 04 February 2011 )|
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