Cole heads list of local signees

Published 5:13 pm Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Picayune’s Drew Cole highlights the list of local players signing college football scholarships today, which is National Signing Day around the country.

The versatile standout Cole is expected to ink with Southeastern Conference power Auburn today.

Cole was a standout in several phases of the game over the past two seasons for head coach Dodd Lee’s Maroon Tide.

He excelled as a cornerback, at running back and on special teams as well.

Cole committed to the Tigers and head coach Tommy Tuberville before his senior season began.

Several Maroon Tide players, including Cole’s fellow Class 4A All-State performers Albert Richard and Justin Flowers, are expected to sign with Pearl River Community College today as well. Picayune could have several others ink a deal with head coach Tim Hatten’s national power Wildcats as well.

Also at PRCC, several Wildcats are expected to sign with four year schools today as well.

Highlighting the Wildcats’ signees are Linemen Nate Hughes (North Texas), wide receivers Theo Wilson (South Florida), O.J. Murdock (Marshall), defensive tackle Craig Marshall (South Florida) and safety Brandon Burns (Marshall).

Cole is one of a handful of South Mississippi standouts expected to sign with Division IA schools today.

In addition to Cole, Moss Point’s Willie Packer and Josh Chestang, as well as Ocean Springs standout Andre Brown are expected to sign with Southern Mississippi and new Golden Eagles head coach Larry Fedora.