USM football gets 4 JuCo commitments

USM football gets 4 JuCo commitments

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) _ Before this past weekend, the University of Southern Mississippi had collected non-binding verbal commitments from more than two dozen high school players.

Now, all that has changed, as the Golden Eagles have turned to the junior college ranks for more immediate help. added a quartet of junior college players to USM’s commitments, list, including a pair of offensive tackles, a tight end and a defensive end:

  • Naricuss Driver, TE, 6-3, 246, Highland (Kan.) Community College/Griffin, Ga.
  • Tanner Hawthorne, OT, 6-6, 300, Glendale (Ariz.) Community College/Peoria, Ariz.
  • Tre Johnson, OT, 6-7, 296, Iowa Western Community College/Orlando, Fla.
  • Eriq Kitchen, DE, 6-2, 247, East Mississippi Community College/Batesville

All four junior college players are expected to sign with USM during the three-day, early signing period that opens Wednesday. All four are expected to enroll in January and go through spring practice.

Kitchen, who prepped at South Panola High School, will enroll as a sophomore and have three years eligibility. Johnson was an Iowa Western teammate of USM safety Ky’el Hemby.

With less than a week before the three-day, early-signing period opens, the latest additions have USM with 19 verbals, according to



  • Name  Position, Ht., Wt., School/Hometown
  • Dee Baker, RB,  6-0, 170, Northwest Rankin HS/Flowood
  • Luke Baker, TE,  6-4, 198, Gulf Coast HS /Naples, Fla.
  • Kendrick Brown,  WR, 6-2, 195, Meridian HS/Meridian
  • Naricuss Driver,  TE, 6-3, 246, Highland (Kan.) CC/Spalding HS/GRiffin Ga.
  • Jarrett Guest,  ATH, 6-3, 172, Kennesaw Mountain HS/Acworth, Ga.
  • Tanner Hawthorne,  OT, 6-6, 300, Glendale (Arz.)/Centennial HS/ Peoria, Ariz.
  • Jaden Johnson,  QB, 6-2, 208, Kirby High School/Memphis, Tenn.
  • Tre Johnson, OT,  6-7, 296, Iowa Western CC/First Academy/Orlando, Fla.
  • Eriq Kitchen,  DE, 6-2, 247, East Mississippi CC/South Panola HS/Batesville
  • Khalen Leonard,  CB, 6-3, 175, Texas Prep Academy/Alvin, Texas
  • T.Q. Newsome,  ATH, 6-1, 205, Gulfport HS/Gulfport
  • Tahveon “Taz”  Nicholson, ATH, 4-11, 179, Robert E. Lee HS/Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Matthew Ryals,  OT, 6-7, 280, Purvis HS/Purvis
  • Chris Scruggs  Jr., WR, 6-2, 175, Superior Collegiate Academy/Clearwater, Fla.
  • Louis Smith, C,  6-3, 294, D ‘Iberville HS/Biloxi
  • Avery White,  OLB, 6-4, 195, East Central HS/Kiln
  • Jakryus  Williams, WR, 5-10, 175, Saraland HS/Saraland, Ala.
  • Corey Wilson,  RB, 6-0, 175, Warren Central HS/Vicksburg
  • · Coker Wright, C, 6-4, 275, Brookhaven HS/Brookhaven

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