Coahoma Community College Football signed 14 new players to be part of the 2021 roster. Only one of the new Tigers is not from the state of Mississippi but the Bayou State, Louisiana. CCC's head football coach explained that he, alongside his coaches, strategically recruited players that would enhance the progress made during the 2020 season.
"We have a good group of guys who are returning, our plan of attack was to fill in the gaps that were needed in certain positions," said Macon.
The upcoming 2021 season will be Macon's second year at Coahoma; he executed a different recruiting style because the overall goal will be different.
"Last season when we came in, we were all new, so our plan of attack was to start with all completely new players as possible, but we are trying to build on that foundation that is already in place for this year," said Macon.
The new quarterbacks are Anterio Draper and Travis Mumphrey. Draper is from Batesville, Mississippi, and attended South Panola High School, where he was a quarterback. Mumphrey home town in Marrero, Louisiana, and he comes to Coahoma as a redshirt player from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Last season's quarterbacks, Joe Johnson and Bryce Wallace, set the bar high for Coahoma, and Coach Macon expects nothing but an exceptional performance from the new play-callers.
"Travis is a highly recruited player who is an addition to our program. Both Travis and Anterio are outstanding quarterbacks, and we are excited about starting the season," said Macon.
Another transfer student is Ryan Hampton, who is coming from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He is from Tupelo, Mississippi.
Macon stated that students previously attending four-year colleges transferring to Coahoma speak volumes to the potential they see at Coahoma.
"I think we are turning the corner, and we want to turn into one of the powerhouses that everyone respects. I believe it's happening; our administration is doing an excellent job in helping us upgrade the facilities, and when you have adequate facilities, players start buying in," said Macon.
Two outstanding players are natives from Clarksdale, Mississippi. Josh Hollins currently attends Clarksdale High and will be coming to Coahoma as a wide receiver. Almetris Smith is also from Clarksdale High and played in the 2020 Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star game.
Most of the recruits will serve on the team's defensive end, and Coach Macon confesses this was strategically decided amongst his coaching staff.
"That was the plan. We felt really good about the players coming back. We went out and filled the receiver position and got some good receivers and talented tight ends," said Macon.
Coahoma Community College 2021 football signees are:
Anterio Draper – QB- South Panola High School
Corbin Huggins -WR – Tupelo High School
LeRoy Hollingshed – WR- Starkville High School
Josh Hollins - WR – Clarksdale High School
Taylen Smith - LB- Warren Central High School
Trell Millender -WR - Moss Point High School
Tylonde Bateaste - LB- South Pike High School
Almetris Smith - OL- Clarksdale High School
Trayvon Moore -TE- Oak Grove High School
Javen Ware - DB-Hernando High School
Shemar Crawford - WR- Houston High School
Ryan Hampton -LB- Texas State University
Travis Mumphrey – QB- University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Jaylashun Gardner - DT- North Panola High School