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Two Admirals sign with SEC schools

Two Admirals signed with SEC programs bright and early Wednesday to kick off National Signing Day on the Coast.

Gulfport High quarterback Richaud Floyd signed with Missouri, while receiver/defensive back J.J. Smith double signed with Ole Miss and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Kicker Mack Ladner also signed with Pearl River Community College.

"There's nothing better than playing in the SEC on Saturdays," Floyd said. "That's the main reason I committed there and signed."

Floyd passed for more than 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns while also rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 14 scores. At Mizzou, Floyd expects to play slot receiver.

"They'll use me as a slot receiver. We only have two slot receivers committed right now, so I'll probably be in competition with them, but I love competition. I'm ready to be up there," Floyd said. "If I could play early, that would be great. If I can't, I'll just get bigger and use that extra year to get my education and hopefully go pro."

Smith did everything this year for the Admirals. He rushed for two touchdowns and caught 34 passes for 449 yards and six touchdowns. Smith also made five tackles, defended one pass and returned a kick and a punt for touchdowns.

While Smith was decked out in Ole Miss gear, he'll spend the next two seasons at Mississippi Gulf Coast getting his academics together.

"It's time for me to grow up and move on to the next step. It's a job now, so I have got to grind," Smith said. "I'm just going to have to focus on my attitude as far as going to college. Everybody has to grow up one day and I think going to Gulf Coast will be a good step to boost my talent and my academic scores."

Smith said he expects to play either cornerback or safety for the Bulldogs.

Ladner, in his first season on the football field, converted 10 of 11 field goal attempts with a long of 42 yards. He also converted 42 of 43 PAT attempts. Of 48 kickoffs, 25 were touch backs.

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