St. Martin’s record National Signing Day

On the field, St. Martin’s class of 2019 certainly left its mark and it showed on National Signing Day.

A baker’s dozen football signees headlined by Brandon Cunningham’s cowbell that led the Yellowjackets out of a 14-year post-season drought and back to the playoffs the last two years.

“I just got off the phone with Coach Moorhead, we just got done talking about that. Visor, you feel me? Everybody got a hat. I mean I’m going to be different, man. And it’s good to be different. That’s what I want to express, it’s good to be different sometimes, dog.” As St. Martin’s only division I signee and one of just 67 players invited to the first-ever World Bowl, Brandon Cunningham’s journey was different.

Even with South Beach calling his name somewhere along the way, the four-star right tackle chose Mississippi State over Miami in what turned out to be the best fit for him. “That’s what really got me. I wasn’t really focused on the school, the academics, none of that. I was just focused on, I’m in Miami. Then I came to the realization like you said, I matured. And going through this recruitment process, man, it will make you learn how to make life decisions because you only get to choose one school.”

That same rule applies to the rest of the Yellowjacket class of 2019, complete with 13 football signees and one girls soccer, way more than the previous high-mark of five during Eddie Wayne Whitehead’s eight-year-run as head coach. “I mean we had plenty of athletes, Kalem Reddix, Wayne Overman, Tyler Polk. But this class right here, it was phenomenal. Like we did things that were said couldn’t be done.”

Jones College signee Mileon Graham said “Today is a dream come true for me. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. I’ve been through a lot of things. I’ve said things to people. I’ve told them I’m going to do it and I’m here and it’s time.”

Those emotions also true for Ham McGee and Norde White, future teammates at East Mississippi Community College who embrace the moment of signing their national letters of intent knowing that they made it. “Man, it’s so emotional because like I’ve been at this since I was like four. That’s like my whole life, from four like nonstop. Every day in and out, every summer. It means a lot to me. This is the biggest accomplishment of my life so far,” said McGee.

“This is a day I’ve been waiting on a long time. All them long practices, they finally paid off. And when that day comes and you’ve done seen all your work and you look back and you’re like, it was a good journey,” said White.

Other signees include

  • Kierra Sanchez-MGCCC
  • Ethan Anderson-East Mississippi CC
  • Franchot Canaan-Ottawa University
  • Kobe Evans-Southwest Mississippi CC
  • Jayce Franklin-Southwest Mississippi CC
  • Ricco Moore -Pearl River CC
  • Nick Ross-Southwest Mississippi CC
  • Elijah Washington-Jones College
  • Jarod Wetzel-Coahoma CC
  • Shazim Williams-McPherson College
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