Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College had a stellar football signing class.
Fourteen of the Bulldogs' 25 signees are from the Coast, including four Sun Herald All-South Mississippi selections.
Leading Gulf Coast's heralded signing class are Picayune running back Preston Dedeaux and Gulfport quarterback Thad Miller.
Dedeaux earned Sun Herald player of the year honors after leading the Maroon Tide to two Class 5A state titles in three seasons. He gained over 2,000 yards and scored 35 touchdowns as a senior.
Miller threw for over 3,000 yards and was named Class 6A offensive player of the year. He was also a finalist for Sun Herald player of the year.
The other quarterback in the Bulldogs' class is St. Stanislaus' Tyler Allen, the 4A offensive player of the year. The Sun Herald All-South Mississippi selection is expected to battle Miller for the Bulldogs' starting signal-caller job next year.
The other Sun Herald All-South Mississippi selection to sign with Gulf Coast was Ocean Springs safety Romello Riley.
First-year Gulf Coast coach Chad Huff, who played at East Central High School, is pleased with his crop of incoming freshmen.
"I want to thank my coaches for hitting the ground running and getting together a great recruiting class," Huff said. "We were able to fill a lot of needs. The talent was good here in our area. It fit right in with what we needed. We couldn't be happier. The signing class will blend in nicely with our returning players. We're excited about the future of Gulf Coast football.
"We always try to recruit the best players in the area. We've signed some outstanding players who'll help us compete for state and national championships. We want our players to be champions on the field and in the classroom. We've won the Hallbrook award three of the last four years. That's given to the Junior College school with the highest graduation rate. It's a testament to President Mary Graham and Athletic Director Ladd Taylor."
Gulf Coast (8-2) finished ninth nationally last year and made the MACJC State playoffs.