Former West Harrison offensive tackle Lakendrick Preston recently signed with West Alabama.
The six-foot-seven, 290-pound Preston played the last two years at Northeast Mississippi Community College. He was an MACJC All-State selection as a sophomore, allowing only 1.5 sacks during the year. Preston appeared in all nine games for NMCC as both a freshman and a sophomore, including six starts as a freshman.
Former D'Iberville and West Harrison coach David Russell isn't surprised Preston developed into a college player.
"He had all the tools, but was raw," Russell said. "Preston came into his own in high school and got better as he got older. He has the perfect tools for an offensive lineman."
West Alabama coach Brent Gilliland believes Preston will be a nice addition to the Tigers' roster. West Alabama (7-4) plays in the Gulf South Conference, considered one of Division II's toughest leagues.
"We are glad to have Lakendrick in the Tiger family," Gilliland said in a press release. "We are looking forward to him coming in and adding to our offensive line."
West Alabama, formerly known as Livingston University, opens the season on Sept. 1 at North Greenville at 6 p.m. in Tigerville, S.C. West Alabama travels to Mississippi College on Sept. 17 and will host Delta State Oct. 8.