Senior kicker Garrett Lunceford had no doubts where he wanted to go. Lunceford, who obtained an academic scholarship with Southern Miss knew that he would suit up for the Golden Eagles where many great specialists before him punted and kicked.
Rico Dorsey, however, made it a surprise. Dorsey narrowed his options down to Southern Mississippi and UAB, but in the end chose to stay in his hometown, choosing the Golden Eagles over the Blazers.
"It means a lot to me. I'm super excited. To be able to sign with the school you've wanted to sign with is a gift from God. I'm happy to further my education at USM. I wanted to go for academics too, and Southern Miss has a great nursing program. I spent a lot of time talking to coaches about it, and my coach [Derek White] asking, 'can we keep talking to them' and it finally worked out," said Lunceford.
Dorsey, who transferred from South Carolina to Presbyterian Christian was excited about signing with Southern Miss.
"I'm so proud and so thankful for everything," said Dorsey, "it is amazing to get to this point where you work hard your entire life. Going to play D-1 football, man, it is amazing. I love it. The environment, the fan base, the coaches, all of it," said Dorsey.
Head coach Derek White was thrilled to send two players to the D-1 level after finishing his second season at Presbyterian Christian.
"Garrett has been a constant presence for the two seasons I've been here. We always knew we had a guy who was a greater kicker and punter. He was always a constant threat and that's always great to have in your back pocket as a coach. He's a great student so he didn't have to rely on an athletic scholarship, he was able to sign an academic one. We saw how special Rico could be and his best days of football are ahead of him. I think his decision came down to Hattiesburg and the great city we live in. I think the family atmosphere he got from PCS, and Hattiesburg was a big deal for him," said White.