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UPDATE: College offers continue to roll in for Coast standouts

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 Tim Jones leads the Biloxi receiving corps.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD Tim Jones leads the Biloxi receiving corps. SUN HERALD

Memphis apparently made the most of its recruiting swing through South Mississippi. The same can be said for Troy, Nicholls State, Auburn, Wake Forest and Southern Miss.

Biloxi coach Bobby Hall and St. Stanislaus coach Bill Conides both opened the day by tweeting their junior standouts, Tim Jones and Myles Brennan, each added two offers to their scholarship collections.

Brennan, the Rockachaws' record-setting quarterback and two-time Sun Herald Player of the Year, was offered by Memphis and Southern Miss on Wednesday. He also has offers from Troy, South Alabama, California, Kentucky, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Wake Forest. The rising senior was offered by Wisconsin last week.

Brennan has led the Rockachaws to consecutive Class 4A South State championships. Last season, he completed 62.3 percent of his passes for 5,248 yards and 53 touchdowns. He also rushed for 497 yards and eight scores. That standout season came on the heels of his sophomore year, when he completed 70.3 percent of his passes for 5,797 yards and 64 touchdowns.

Later in the day, Conides said Southern Miss tight end coach Jon Williams offered Darius Pittman and Chase Rogers landed a Wake Forest offer.

After transferring from Gulfport to SSC prior to last season, Pittman added a physical presence to the Rockachaws' receiving corps. The 6-foot-3, 218-pound Pittman finished the season with 56 receptions for 926 yards and nine touchdowns, good enough for third on the team behind Owen Betz and Rogers. Pittman also played on the Rockachaws' defense, finishing with 27 tackles and two interceptions.

The Demon Deacons' offer is Rogers' fourth. He already holds offers from South Alabama, Tulane and California.

As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 240-pound tight end led the Coast with 81 receptions for 1,462 yards and 19 touchdowns. The year before, Rogers caught 52 passes for 877 yards and nine touchdowns.

WR Jones

Jones picked up offers late last year from Southern Miss and Louisiana-Lafayette. Later on Wednesday, Jones picked up offers from Memphis and Troy.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Jones missed the first three games of this season but still ended up among the Coast's top receivers with 37 receptions for 743 yards and seven touchdowns, averaging 92.9 yards per game.

The strong junior campaign comes off of a flashy sophomore season where Jones pulled in 100 passes for 1,364 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Both Brennan and Jones have previously said they're in no rush to commit to a school with their signing day more than a year away and will let their recruiting processes play out.

WR Williams

Ocean Springs' Austin Williams also had a busy day as the junior receiver picked up offers from Troy and Nicholls State to go along with his Louisiana Tech offer.

Williams led the Greyhounds last season with 56 receptions for 928 yards and seven touchdowns. Earlier this month, Williams turned heads at the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl Combine in San Antonio, competing against some of the best juniors nationally. Williams, who competed in a number of drills and received one-on-one reps against his defensive counterparts, was named to 247Sports' All-Combine Team.

Isaiah Buggs

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn made a stop swing through South Mississippi on Wednesday and stopped at Gulf Coast Community College, where his Tigers have had a knack of landing commitments.

Malzahn ended up offering standout defensive end Isaiah Buggs.

As a freshman, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound pass rusher anchored the Bulldogs' defensive front. Buggs was among the team's leaders in tackles with 59. He also recorded eight tackles for loss and four sacks.

"He can stuff the run and if they bring the option, he can run down the line and catch the quarterback from behind," MGCCC defensive coordinator Steve Davis said this summer. "I kind of like him. A lot."

Gulf Coast head coach Chad Huff expects big things of Buggs.

"Isaiah has a ton of potential and his upside is huge," Huff said previously. "He's a hard worker and is being unselfish and coachable. To me, that's what's going to make him complete."

The Tigers' Gulf Coast connection is strong. Just in 2014, the Bulldogs had kicker Kevin Phillips, quarterback Jason Smith and defensive lineman Maurice Swain sign with the Tigers.

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