Warren Central sends eight football players on to the college ranks – The Vicksburg Post
Warren Central sends eight football players to the college ranks
Posted 6:41 PM on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
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Eight Warren Central football players signed with college programs on Wednesday, NCAA National Signing Day. Pictured, front row from left, are Trey Hall, Roy Qualls and Darius Carter. Back row, left to right, are Jack Wright, Brandon Snowden, Da’Marcus Jones, Jerald Woods and Logan Myles. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central running back Darius Carter, center forward, poses for a photo with family members after signing with Mississippi Delta Community College on Wednesday. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central defensive lineman Roy Qualls, center forward, poses for a photo with family members after signing with Coahoma Community College on Wednesday. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central quarterback Jack Wright, center forward, poses for a photo with family members after signing with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Wednesday. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central defensive lineman Da’Marcus Jones, center, sits with his parents Damion Wordley and Danielle Myles after signing with East Central Community College on Wednesday. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central offensive lineman Jerald Woods, center forward, poses for a photo with family members after signing with Hinds Community College on Wednesday. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central offensive lineman Brandon Snowden, center, sits with his parents after signing with Louisiana Christian University on Wednesday. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central linebacker Logan Myles, center forward, poses for a photo with family members after signing with Coahoma Community College on Wednesday. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central running back Trey Hall, center forward, poses for a photo with family members after signing with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College on Wednesday. (Ernest Bowker/The Vicksburg Post)
Warren Central quarterback Jack Wright looked around and smiled as he recounted the long friendships he had with his football teammates.
“I’ve been playing with Roy since I was 10, JJ since I was 10, Snowden since seventh grade, Logan since seventh grade, Deebo since seventh grade and Trey Hall since seventh grade,” said Wright.
After sharing so many memories on the pitch, they made one more on Wednesday morning. Seven seniors signed with Mississippi junior colleges on National Signing Day, including Wright and running back Trey Hall with Mississippi Gulf Coast, and another with a four-year school.
Linebacker Logan Myles and defensive lineman Roy Qualls have both signed with Coahoma Community College. Offensive lineman Jerald Woods heads to Hinds, defensive lineman Da’Marcus Jones to East Central and running back Darius Carter to Mississippi Delta.
Offensive lineman Brandon Snowden has accepted a four-year scholarship offer from Louisiana Christian University.
The eight players formed the core of a senior class that went 27-9 and reached the second round of the MHSAA Class 6A playoffs three times in the last three seasons.
“I feel like everyone who signed today was a true leader of the team and in their position. I know we all pushed each other. I love them,” Snowden said .
Snowden was the only four-year-old signer in Warren Central’s senior class, and the second Warren County offensive lineman to sign with NAIA member Louisiana Christian University – formerly known as Louisiana College – on Wednesday. Vicksburg’s Dareh Minor has also signed with them.
Snowden was a second-team All-Region 3-6A selection last season, and said his decision to sign with Louisiana Christian had as much to do with matters outside of football as whether to play the game himself. same.
“Me and (defensive backs coach Tyson Andrus) hit it off, and he wanted me to be a better person and a better man in life. Before I touched a weight, touched a ball, touched the field , he wanted me to be a better student-athlete,” Snowden said. “Once I saw that, we bonded through church, God, and football. This is the order in which I want to lead my life, and this is what led to my decision.
For Snowden’s offensive teammate, Woods, it was a chance to play with his older brother. Dontavious Bell is a former Warren Central star who started on the Hinds offensive line last season and will return in 2023.
“Hopefully I can start with him,” Woods said.
Woods had been out of football for several years before returning to the team in 2022. He was a 3-6A All-Region second team selection that season.
“It’s a wonderful feeling, especially when you haven’t played football as long as I have,” Woods said of the chance to play college football.
Wright’s chance to play quarterback on the Mississippi Gulf Coast also appeared out of nowhere. Despite throwing for 2,928 yards and 22 touchdowns the past two seasons, he had no firm purse offers. Four junior colleges contacted him last week.
“All the coaches who contacted me contacted me within 48 hours. That was a week ago. I didn’t have much time to think about it, but I visited all the campus and I think I made the right choice,” Wright said. “I couldn’t sleep for three days thinking about where I was going to go. I just prayed about it and talked to my family, and that’s what we decided to do.
Like Woods, Wright will have a familiar face by his side at the next level. Hall, the Vicksburg Post 2022 Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,610 total yards and 19 touchdowns, is also heading to the Gulf Coast.
“Not many people can go there with their QB. We already know each other, so it won’t be hard to connect,” Hall said.
Two Warren Central defensemen, linebacker Myles and defensive lineman Qualls, head north to Coahoma Community College.
Myles finished last season with 35 tackles, while Qualls had 40 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and four sacks.
“It’s crazy that I’m here now signing to go play ball in college. I’ve been dreaming about it for I don’t know how long,” Myles said. was playing football in college, and now I’m about to sign. I’m just happy for me.
Jones signed three members of Warren Central’s original seven. The big lineman has 50 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and four sacks, and is the latest Viking to travel to Decatur to play at East Central Community College.
Five former Warren Central players were on East Central’s 2022 roster. Jones said he was certain East Central was the place for him.
“It’s been a dream for so long, but deciding which university I was going to go to was a big deal. I already knew where I was going to go. It was the best, the one that showed me the most of love,” Jones said.
The Vikings’ latest signing was Carter, a 6-foot, 220-pound running back who rushed for 365 yards and five touchdowns in 2022 and signed Wednesday with the Mississippi Delta.
“There were other schools looking at me, but what made Delta the choice was that I felt like I was at home talking to the coaches. You could tell they cared about you as a person and as a football player,” Carter said. “It feels good, and it’s a blessing because not everyone gets the chance to go to college.”
About Ernest Bowker
Ernest Bowker is the sports editor of the Vicksburg Post. He has been a member of the Vicksburg Post sports team since 1998, making him one of the longest-serving reporters in the paper’s 139-year history. The New Jersey native graduated from LSU. During his career, he won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and the Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.
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