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East Central football set for historic National Signing Day on Wednesday

Poplarville cornerback D.J. Travis defends as East Central wide receiver Brad Cumbest reaches for the ball during the second quarter of their 4A South State championship game at Poplarville on Nov. 24, 2017.
Poplarville cornerback D.J. Travis defends as East Central wide receiver Brad Cumbest reaches for the ball during the second quarter of their 4A South State championship game at Poplarville on Nov. 24, 2017. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

All is set for National Signing Day across South Mississippi.

Poplarville’s D.J. Travis decided to go the junior college route Tuesday night, announcing his verbal commitment to Jones County Junior College via Twitter. The senior defensive back chose the Bobcats over several other junior colleges and Division I offers from Arkansas State, Southeastern Louisiana, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State.

Travis, who had 51 tackles as a senior, was a member of the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team for 2017.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Travis won’t be the only Poplarville Hornet signing with a junior college Wednesday. Running back Austin Bolton, who was also on the All-South Mississippi Team, plans to sign with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Bolton rushed for 2,300 yards and 30 touchdowns as a senior.

St. Stanislaus senior offensive lineman Brandon Tartavoulle had a late change of mind when he dropped his verbal commitment to Central Arkansas on Jan. 28. He will instead sign with Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, according to SSC head coach Jeff Jordan.

Tartavoulle committed to Central Arkansas during a visit in early December, but he became unsure of his pledge after UCA head coach Steve Campbell left later in the month to take over the South Alabama football program.

East Central will feature the biggest Signing Day party in South Mississippi on Wednesday morning with running back Tony Brown and offensive lineman Wyatt Green both signing with South Alabama in the school’s basketball gym. Both players had to show plenty of patience with USA waiting until the week before signing day to give them their first FBS offers.

Brown, the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year, had to wait until Sunday to get his USA offer, but managed to keep his cool throughout the recruiting process.

“At the end of day, I knew what I was going to do, but it’s a great feeling to have the offer,” Brown said.

Brown and Green will be joined in Wednesday’s ceremony by East Central tight end Brad Cumbest, who signed with Mississippi State in December.

At Ocean Springs, defensive back Malcolm Magee will follow through with his verbal commitment and sign with Colorado State. He committed to Louisiana-Lafayette on Jan. 14, but reopened his recruitment and chose CSU on Jan. 28.

Magee said the idea of making the 1,400-mile trip to play football in a new environment “excites” him.

Gulfport linebacker Karlos Dillard will be inking with the Air Force Academy after choosing the Falcons. Dillard also held offers from from Army-West Point and Nicholls State.

Bay High athlete Jaylan Wilson, who received an Arkansas State offer in May, plans to sign with Pearl River Community College.

Patrick Magee: 228-896-2333, @Patrick_Magee

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