There will likely be some anxious moments for new Southern Miss head coach Jay Hopson and his staff on Wednesday's National Signing Day.
Hopson was announced as the Golden Eagles' new head coach late Saturday, leaving him just three full days to keep USM's group of 11 verbal commitments on board. The Golden Eagles already have six early signees from December.
Hopson received some good news Tuesday when Laurel star quarterback Keon Howard committed to the Golden Eagles. He plans to sign with USM Wednesday.
Howard was widely rated as the top high school quarterback in the state for the class of 2016. He threw for 3,317 yards, 43 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2015. The dual-threat quarterback also rushed 98 times for 456 yards and three scores.
D'Iberville defensive lineman Jacques Turner is among a handful of USM commits who have been with the Golden Eagles for a while, but are still weighing their options.
Turner, who has spoken with Hopson, said Tuesday afternoon that he will decide between USM and and another Conference USA school, Texas-San Antonio, on Wednesday.
Pete Golding, who recruiting Turner when he was secondary coach at USM, was recently hired as the UTSA defensive coordinator by new head coach Frank Wilson.
Turner is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com.
D'Iberville defensive back Jacquelle Green also told the Sun Herald's Patrick Ochs Tuesday that he will be choosing between Louisville, UTSA and Southern Miss on Wednesday. Green, a three-star prospect according to Scout.com, has been a Louisville commit since September, but appears to be a free agent entering signing day.
Crystal Springs receiver Jeriko Morris, who committed to USM in August, will decide between USM and South Carolina before he signs his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, according to Mike Sands of WLBT in Jackson.
USM will hold a Signing Day Social at Buffalo Wild Wings in D'Iberville at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Hopson will be in attendance.