Mid-South players net scholarships on National Signing Day

Mid-South players net scholarships on Nat'l Signing Day

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The February National Signing Period is like a second Christmas for college football coaches around the nation.

It's paired with the new early signing period in December, and it gives them a chance to fill out their rosters, and sometimes find a gem.

That’s what the University of Memphis feels it’s getting with the signing of Germantown High wide receiver Cam Baker.

The 6-feet-2-inches, 170 pounder is listed as a composite 3 Star Recruit by 24/7 Sports.

He helped lead the Red Devils to a 12-1 and the State Quarterfinals record as a senior.

"If I work like I know I can, I feel like I can do everything Anthony Miller did,” Baker said. “He has been a role model for me in this situation too you know. Watching him come to Christian Brothers, redshirt at Memphis, and doing the big things he's doing now. It's something to look forward to."

In addition to Baker, nine Red Devils signed college scholarships to Division 2 and Division 3 schools.

MUS dual sport star Maurice Hampton signs with LSU

Down the road at M.U.S., Maurice Hampton, the top-ranked cornerback in the state of Tennessee, made good on his commitment to LSU.

The University of Memphis Tigers signed seven players Wednesday, adding to the 15 they signed in December.

U of M Head Coach Mike Norvell said this class helps round out their roster with depth for next season.

"I think we were able to really put a big emphasis on the defensive front, defensive backfield,” Norvell said. “We wanted to truly focus on the explosive of our guys on the defensive line, which I think we were able to do."

Signing Day, early or late, is always a big day at Whitehaven High School.

Two Tigers ink scholarships, including Morehouse signee Tyler Hunter and Jacobi Rice of Navy, who say the classroom is just as important as the field.

"Morehouse prestigious academics spoke volumes to me, and the type of people I was around when I went on my visit would fit me, and my personality,” Hunter said.

"Academics are high in family, so, going to one of the best schools in the country,” Rice said. “Ranked number three in salaries for people who graduate. I would be crazy not to go."

The Ole Miss Rebels signed six players Wednesday, including the number three running back in the nation, Jerrion Ealy of Jackson, Mississippi.

The dual sport star could be taken in the Major League Baseball Draft projected as a first-round pick.

Tennessee capped it off by signing Darnell Wright, rated as the number two offensive lineman in the nation from West Virginia.

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