Former George County football Tyler Jack finally got the scholarship offer he'd been hoping for since last summer.
Jack received a scholarship offer from Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson during his official visit to USM this past weekend. On Tuesday, word got out that Jack switched his commitment from Troy to USM.
“I was very excited,” Jack said. “I have an old teammate there (senior safety Tarvarius Moore). It'll be like being at Pearl River again.”
Jack, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback, played the last two seasons at Pearl River Community College. Jack had 33 tackles, nine pass breakups and two interceptions during his sophomore season at PRCC. As a freshman, he had 60 tackles and four interceptions.
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USM will have a pair of returning seniors starters at the two cornerback positions in 2017 with Cornell Armstrong and Trae Collins entering their final seasons in Hattiesburg.
Even with two starters back in the lineup, Jack feels like he can make an impact for the Golden Eagles.
“I want to help out as much as I can,” Jack said. “They'll be running the nickel and have as many as six defensive backs on the field. I can be that extra guy and possibly a starter.”
Jack also held scholarship offers from Memphis and SMU.
Jack drops his commitment to Troy after originally committing to the Trojans in November.
“It was a little tough because I built a relationship with the coach recruiting me,” He said. “I wanted to do what's best for me.
“It was closer to home and I like the facilities. It's something I wanted to be a part of. I'm just glad everything is over. I can just focus on my grades and finish it out.”