East Central senior tight end Brad Cumbest will get a shot to represent his home state after all.
The Mississippi State commit got official word Saturday that he has been invited as a late addition to the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Game, which will take place at noon on Dec. 16 at Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg.
Cumbest will pull a rare all-star doubleheader after playing Saturday for the South in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game at Milner Stadium in Gulfport. He caught a pair of passes for 15 yards in a game won 13-0 by the North.
“One of my MSU commit buddies text me last night, but I was like I don’t believe it,” Cumbest said. “My dad just told me after the all-star game.”
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Cumbest admitted he was “very upset” when he was left off the initial roster for the Miss.-Ala. game, but he proved himself worthy of an invite this season for the Hornets. He caught 36 passes for 766 yards and nine touchdowns while helping lead East Central to a 13-1 record and a South State title.
“It’s a blessing, no doubt,” the 6-foot-6, 240-pound senior said. “I’m going to really enjoy it.
“I take a lot of pride in representing my team and state.”
St. Stanislaus offensive lineman Brandon Tartavoulle and Gulfport linebacker Karlos Dillard are two other Coast products taking part in the game.