When Moss Point started the 2019 season with five straight losses, there wasn’t much buzz around the program.
But that’s all changed thanks to a region 8 class 4A title, and a pair of future division I signees.
Introducing former News 25 Student Athlete of the Week Deuce Lee II and his main man Larry Simmons, both humble and hungry during isolation.
Moss Point QB Deuce Lee II said, “A lot of guys I know, they use that as an excuse. It’s the virus. I can’t come outside. Well, if you tell your Mom I’ve got to go work. I’ve got to go work. Your Mom, I’m pretty sure she’ll understand.” No days off for the reigning district champs who won four out of their last six games last season en route to an eighth straight playoff appearance and their first post-season victory since 2015. “We had to lose some. To be real, we had to lose some. But we came back around district play and we got our swagger back. We started catching some balls. We stopped throwing picks, that’s on me.”
The Tigers get that swagger from the man under center: Deuce Lee II. The rising senior is widely regarded as the best class of 2021 QB prospect on the Gulf Coast, already in possession of Division I offers from Southeastern Louisiana, Arkansas Pine-Bluff, and surely more to come. “I definitely look forward to proving the doubters wrong because for me, they’ve always been we’ve got to get you here on campus. We’ve got to get you here to the camps, and I haven’t been able to go to the camps. So I’ve got to get to those camps and I’ve got to dominate, and I’ve got to go out there and prove to them that I’m the guy.”
In the meantime, Lee has been putting in work at the 601 Elite Quarterback and Skills Academy where he was just joined by his favorite target Larry Simmons for the first time on Wednesday, less than two months after his first D1 offer. “We’re working every morning, and we look in the group chat late one night. Coach P said Larry!”
Moss Point Wide Receiver Larry Simmons said, “I had got a call from my coach. He had told me that the Ole Miss coach wanted to offer me, so I gave him a call. I talked to him. He told me he wanted to give me an offer, and after that everything had just started flooding in.”
Fifteen days later, ten more offers: Auburn, Nebraska, Florida State, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama State, Oregon, Indiana, Miami, and Arkansas. Three weeks after that, roll ride. “I was just like wow, I just got an offer from Alabama. I was so surprised.”
It happened so fast, Simmons still doesn’t even have a star designation on 24/7 Sports. “Everywhere I go, people talk about me. Telling me you’re going to be this, you’re going to do that so it’s been a big change.”
That’s where the humble and hungry part comes into play, still grinding from 6 to 10 a.m. every day in hopes of earning that spot on the wall at Moss Point, now 20 years removed from its fifth state crown. “I feel like we’re going to get that spot on the wall. I pass by them every day going to practice. I feel like this time is our time to get that.”
“He’s got the offers now. Now we’re playing for something bigger. Now we’re not just playing for offers. We’re playing to leave our mark in the history books. Bring back some Tiger pride.”
Last season, Lee threw for more than 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns. Simmons accounted for more than 1,000 of those yards and nine scores.
Despite being a wide receiver, Simmons says he tries to mirror his game after Baltimore Ravens Quarterback Lamar Jackson.