Marcus Boyles and the Petal Panthers are no strangers to sending talent to the next level of football. Wednesday's National Signing Day was no different as the Panthers sent nine seniors to D-1 and JUCO levels.

"I'm so proud of this group. It is a great group. These nine players, I'm so happy for them. First of all, they get their education paid for. That's the main and most important thing. They've become young men. Watching these young guys do that in our program, coming from seventh graders to maturing in the program, it makes me so proud of this class. I think that our school is so great because our teachers help our kids so much on the academic side. We have the number one school district in the state for a reason. All of these guys, whether they are going to a junior college or senior college, they all qualified. They all had good ACT scores and a good GPA. That makes me prouder than anything else," said Boyles.

One of the young men who signed with the University of Louisiana Monroe was none other than Sports 601 Defensive Player of the Year for Hattiesburg, Ja'Korian Newsome.

“I loved it when I visited [ULM]. I had a good connection with the coaches and I thought it felt like home. It feels great to be able to do it alongside my brothers today. I will miss seeing my brothers here at Petal and being able to play with them on Friday nights. I’ve been with these guys a long time,” said Newsome.

“No way you can replace a Ja’Korian Newsome. He is a guy that you wish you had a fifth season with. He is a leader, but a quiet young man. He doesn’t have a lot to say, but his play speaks for itself. I think Louisiana Monroe is getting a steal. It came down between them, Arkansas State, and South Alabama, but I think Monroe got the steal,” said Boyles.

Other signees on the day were:

Coldan Carter, Pearl River Community College

Isaac Lee, Hinds Community College

Tyler Dailey, Holmes Community College

East Central Community College signees:

RJ Proctor

Kevin Walters

Manuel Hillman

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College signees:

Micah McGowan

DeCarlos Nicholson

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