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D'Iberville's Jacquelle Green, Jacques Turner still weighing Southern Miss, UTSA, Louisville, others

 D'Iberville's Jaquelle Green will sign with either Louisville, Southern Miss or UT-San Antonio on Wednesday.
AMANDA McCOY/SUN HERALD D'Iberville's Jaquelle Green will sign with either Louisville, Southern Miss or UT-San Antonio on Wednesday. SUN HERALD

It wasn't long ago that it seemed the Coast's top football talent was all solidly committed, making National Signing Day a drama-less affair.

Apparently that's not the case anymore.

With coaching changes at both Louisville and Southern Miss, and their direct USM contact now a coordinator at UT-San Antonio, both Turner and Green are now weighing their options.

Turner told the Sun Herald's Patrick Magee on Tuesday he has been reflecting on his recent visit to UTSA -- with Green -- and is now considering the Roadrunners. He will make a final decision between USM and UTSA Wednesday morning during the school's signing day ceremony.

Green caught many off guard in September when he committed to Louisville. Former Pascagoula standout Terrell Buckley did a great job recruiting the versatile athlete. With Buckley at Mississippi State now, along with other factors, Green said he has opened his recruitment up to the Cardinals, UT-San Antonio and Southern Miss.

"I'm still up in the air with everything. I don't know. I'm going to go home and really think hard about our decisions," Green said Tuesday afternoon. "I'm going into Signing Day open and undecided."

The common thread with the Roadrunners, who have a commitment from West Harrison lineman Josh Oatis, is former USM coach Pete Golding, who Frank Wilson hired as his defensive coordinator.

Green and Turner both visited San Antonio last weekend and came away impressed.

"When Golding went over there he brought (UTSA) to eveyrone's attention here on the Coast," Green said. "(The visit) was great. It was right in the city. The campus is great. The academics are great. We really didn't expect that."

Green said he has confidence in Wilson, who was LSU's recruiting coordinator.

"Coach Frank is a good guy. There's a lot of confidence around him there," Green said. "They feel like he's going to turn the thing around and he's one of the best recruiters in the nation."

Just because he considers himself uncommitted, Green said Louisville is still in the running for his signature.

He cautioned to not read too much into himself and Turner announcing at the same time.

"We're going to make our own independent decisions," he said. "Some people think we're going to go the same way because we're announcing together and some think we'll go our separate ways.

"We're keeping it a secret."

Green said he'll make his final decision with his mother Wednesday morning before the ceremony.

Around the Coast: D'Iberville teammate Ty Peters is expected to choose between Troy and Gulf Coast on Wednesday. Oatis will be the first Hurricane to sign with a Division I program out of high school when he makes his UTSA commitment official. Pearl River Central's Dalton Howe will sign with Delta State, as will Biloxi softball standout Carlie Vice.

SWAC-tion: The SWAC should have an eventful day Wednesday -- as far as Coast athletes are concerned. Gulfport's Deon Cole will double-sign with Jackson State and Gulf Coast. Cole's teammate, Adarius Craft, as well has Harrison Central's Charles Moffett are expected to sign with JSU's Tony Hughes as well. Gautier quarterback LeCharles Pringle is expected to sign with Alcorn State.

Busy day: In total, more than 60 Coast standouts are expected to sign with their respective schools on Wednesday, ranging from the junior college ranks and NAIA to FBS programs. Football won't be the only sport, either. Some of the standouts are signing for softball, track and field, soccer, baseball and even two Ocean Springs athletes, Landon Twiggs and Dylan Langdale, are signing to play lacrosse at the next level.