February 5, 2009
MACON -- The Noxubee County football team has enjoyed many accolades after winning the Class 4A state title.
Standout senior wide receiver Patrick Patterson participated in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game and The Army All-American Game.
Patterson also was recruited by virtually every team in the Southeastern Conference, but he elected to sign a letter of intent with Ole Miss.
Deontae Skinner enjoyed his fair share of attention, too, participating in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game. He had given a verbal commitment to Mississippi State, but he still was courted by Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss.
On Wednesday, Skinner and eight other Tigers signed national letters of intent to continue their football careers in college.
Skinner''s choice -- Mississippi State -- wasn''t a surprise.
"I''m used to being around the coaches so much and I felt like I was at home," Skinner said. "(Former Mississippi State coach Sylvester) Croom getting fired made me think a little about switching, but I just want to play on the defensive side of the ball and help the defense play strong like they did last year."
Temarcus Conner topped the list of players finalizing their decisions Wednesday. The standout quarterback will take his talents to East Mississippi Community College and switch to receiver.
"I like their athletic program and academic program," Conner said. "I don''t know what position they are going to let me play. It really doesn''t matter."
Linebacker Ladarius Mitchell, defensive lineman Enoch Glenn, Fredeas Tate, offensive lineman Warren Jones, wide receiver Teddy Young, and linebackers Jimmy Roby and Justin Mason also signed with EMCC.
The Tigers now begin the long road to repeating as state champs.
They will have to do it with a bunch of young players, but they will rely on two-way standout Vincent Sanders, who already hold offers from Ole Miss and Alabama.
"They meant a lot to our program and we really going to miss them," Noxubee County coach M.C. Miller said of the seniors. "It''s time for a change to go to college and hopefully be successful. My guys that are going to junior colleges, they may be small but you going to hear about them in two years.
"We''ve got some linebackers coming up that are young and a little rusty and as time goes on we''ll get a little better with it. We''re going to have to depend on Vincent Sanders and we can get Jerry Johnson to come in at quarterback and keep Sanders at receiver we''ll be OK."