The Southern Miss football roster will feature four speedy players from Bassfield in 2016 and the new coaching staff hopes to add one more for 2017.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College sophomore running back T’Rod Daniels, a former Bassfield standout, received a scholarship offer from USM on Wednesday night. He also has offers from Middle Tennessee, Troy and Louisiana-Monroe.
“I wanted to go to Southern Miss out of high school,” Daniels said. “I guess they feel like they needed me. I’ve been having my eye on them. Ain’t nothing like playing at home.”
Daniels said Thursday he plans to make a decision sometime soon on where he plans to play after the 2016 season.
“Whoever takes a chance on me, I want to give them my all,” Daniels said.
Daniels said his best 40-yard dash time is 4.27 seconds and that he regularly runs under a 4.4.
He rushed 62 times for 450 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games last season. He averaged 7.3 yards per carry with a long of 88.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Daniels said that the USM staff sees him as a multipurpose back who could play a large role on special teams returning punts and kickoffs.
Redshirt junior cornerback, junior cornerback Cornell Armstrong, junior cornerback Curtis Mikell and freshman linebacker Racheem Booth are all Bassfield products set to play for USM this season.