High School Sports

After being overlooked, East Central star to represent home state after all

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.”

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.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee