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Southern Miss offers young Harrison Central standout lineman

Harrison Central High School offensive linemen Jacob Shoemaker, left, and Bryce Ramsey.
Harrison Central High School offensive linemen Jacob Shoemaker, left, and Bryce Ramsey. File

When asked to describe himself, Harrison Central sophomore offensive lineman Bryce Ramsey had a short, simple reply.

“I’m nasty,” he said Monday said with a slight laugh.

Ramsey picked up his third Division I football offer Monday. Southern Miss became the latest school to step up to the table, joining Memphis and Jackson State in pursuit of Ramsey.

Ramsey is a 6-foot-1½, 315-pound offensive lineman who has seen his stock rise following a strong sophomore campaign. He helped pave the way for junior running back Keon Moore, who rushed 223 times for 1,775 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2016.

He hopes to help Moore improve on those numbers in 2017.

“I’m really looking forward to that,” Ramsey said. “That’s my like my brother. I just love blocking for the man. He’s a great athlete.”

Ramsey played center exclusively in 2016, but the Harrison Central coaches plan to give him a look at left tackle this spring.

He believes his future is at center.

“I love the position because I love coaching my O-line and doing the leading and most of the talking,” he said.

He has gotten significantly stronger while working in the powerlifting program at Harrison Central. His squat has jumped from 610 pounds to about 790.

The USM staff informed Harrison Central head coach Casey Cain on Monday that Ramsey has an offer to play for the Golden Eagles.

“I’m just excited,” Ramsey said. “I went up there last year. I like the facility and I liked the environment. I’m looking forward to going up there this semester and putting in the work.”

Ramsey plans to attend summer camps at a handful of schools before his junior year, including USM, Georgia, LSU, South Alabama and Auburn.

He has plenty of time to make his decision and he said Monday he plans to make his commitment during his senior year.

New commits

Southern Miss picked up its first two verbal commitments of the year Tuesday with a pair of Magnolia State prospects announcing their intentions on Twitter.

The first was Hinds Community College receiver DeMichael Harris, a speedy player who played high school ball at St. Aloysius in Vicksburg. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Harris caught 18 passes for 218 yards and no scores at Hinds last year.

The other is Greenwood defensive tackle Jalen Bedell, who stands 6-foot-2 at 290 pounds. He had a nice junior year with 120 tackles and 10 sacks.

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