Moss Point signing day turns to friendly rivalry
For all the hype and excitement surrounding National Signing Day, it’s also a bittersweet goodbye for a lot of former high school teammates.
Take Moss Point for example, sending four football players to the next level, but none of them to the same next level.
They call it “the core four,” made of Deuce Lee II, signed with Hinds Community College, Trell Millender with Coahoma, Jadden Matthews with East Mississippi, and Markis Hawthrone with Pearl River.
Four guys that grew up talking about one day playing together in college, and probably could have, but now embrace the road less traveled. Millender said, “They think they’re going to beat us; it is not going to happen. But for real, it’s going to be a good competition.”
Matthews said, “It’s going to be fun, but at the end of the day, to me, it’s going to be nothing but business. I’m going to shake his hand, let him know that yeah, I miss you, but I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do.”
Hawthorne said, “That’s all we’ve been talking about, when we meet up, when we face off, there’s going to be some competition. I can’t wait to see them. I can’t wait to play against them.” (I mean has the trash talking already started a little bit?) Oh, yeah it’s already started, been started since practice.”
Lee said, “Oh yeah, we were just joking around earlier, saying we’re going to beat y’all, we’re going to beat y’all. But no, it’s all love at the end of the day. Those are still my guys. I love them to the core.”
Yesterday’s National Signing Day ceremony is the largest for any Moss Point football senior class in at least 10 years.