Twelve West Point High School football players have signed scholarship offers. Back row, from left: Archie Jones, Tray Brownlee, Ladarrius Glover, Jason Brownlee, Jameek Price, Marcus Murphy, Zameek Price, Chris Calvert, and Nate Montgomery. Front row, from left: Jamel Banks, Terence Cherry, and Rasson Carr. Photo by: Scott Walters/Dispatch Staff
February 8, 2018 10:06:10 AM
WEST POINT -- Mississippi State freshman Marcus Murphy stopped by his old school to see how some friends were doing Wednesday morning.
Murphy wanted to give his former football teammates at West Point High School the proper sendoff on National Signing Day.
After leading West Point to a second-straight Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) Class 5A State championship in December, Murphy signed early and began his collegiate career at MSU in January.
On Wednesday, 11 more West Point High seniors signed National Letters of Intent to play this fall in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges.
"These were my brothers," Murphy said. "It only seems right we would have one more event together."
Chris Chambless has guided West Point to three state championships this decade. The veteran coach admits he still hasn't seen anything quite like Wednesday.
"To have 12 players sign is special," Chambless said. "I don't know if we will see something like this again. It is a testament to this senior class and their hard work. They did a great job of upholding the tradition of our program, playing with pride and dignity. It was a pleasure to coach each of them.
"A day like today is special because all of the hard work pays off. They have a chance to continue to do what they love, while getting an education."
Murpby ran for 1,856 yards and threw for 1,058 yards his senior season. Wide receiver/defensive back Jason Brownlee was on the receiving end of 11 of team's 17 passing touchdowns.
Jason Brownlee, defensive back Tray Brownlee and lineman Terence Cherry signed with reigning National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) champion East Mississippi Community College.
"This is a milestone day," Jason Brownlee said. "To be able to join a program the caliber of East Mississippi Community College is exciting. It will be great to be able to carry on another winning tradition and to be part of what is next for them."
Sharing the backfield with Murphy this season was Chris Calvert, who ran for 1,445 yards and 25 touchdowns. Calvert signed with the only team to defeat EMCC this past season, Northwest Mississippi C.C.
"Very excited about the chance to play at Northwest," Calvert said. "They have one of the top programs in the state. I am looking forward to the chance to learn what playing on the next level is all about. It's a tough league, but all of these guys here are ready for that challenge."
Mississippi Delta C.C. signed defensive linemen Ladarrius Glover and Jamel Banks. Holmes C.C. signed running back Nate Montgomery, running back Archie Jones, linebacker Rasson Carr, and the offensive line twin brother duo of Jameek and Zameek Price.
The Prices will serve in the military this year and start at Holmes C.C. for the 2019 season.
West Point has won 29 of its last 30 games. The lowest margin of victory this season was 19 points.
"It was as special group," Chambless said. "Winning one championship is special. Repeating is an even more incredible job. The seniors took this season seriously. They wanted to leave their mark. They wanted to distinguish themselves in the history books by going back to back."
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