By Austin Bishop
The Choctaw Plaindealer
The football pipeline between Ackerman and Wesson is wide open and flowing freely.
Three Choctaw County High School football standouts signed with Copiah-Lincoln Community College last Wednesday, giving the Wesson-based school five players from the Ackerman area.
When Trey Brown, Willie Miller and Paxton Sims signed on Wednesday, they joined teammate T.C. Hatchett who enrolled at Co-Lin in January and former Ackerman High School standout Trent Furr as a part of the Wolves program. Furr will be a sophomore this coming season.
Also signing on Wednesday for CCHS, was defensive lineman Taboris Lee, who inked with NCAA Division I program University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
“They all work hard,” said CCHS head football coach Adam Dillinger of his Chargers who signed to play on the next level. “They are willing to go and grow and learn. We have always been proud of them and their work ethic. They will be able to go and do the things they need to do to transition into a new team and to help that team.”
Lee, who is 6-foot-1, and 280 pounds said he expects to play at either defensive tackle or nose guard for the Ragin’ Cajuns. ULL is 27-12 in its three seasons under head football coach Mark Hudspeth and has won the New Orleans Bowl each or the past three seasons.
“They have a winning program,” Lee said. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to go there. I really liked the campus and the way everything looks.”
Sims is expected to battle for playing time at center for Co-Lin, while Brown will play along the defensive line and Miller expects to get a shot at some playing time at linebacker or defensive end.
“I decided to go with Co-Lin because they offered me first and seemed to really want me,” Sims said. “I had several other offers, but Co-Lin has been with me all along.”
“I narrowed it down to three colleges, but in the end I just really liked Co-Lin,” said Miller, who acknowledged having some teammates who were also headed to Wesson aided his decision.”I decided about two weeks ago that was where I wanted to go.