Gators’ McWhorter commits to Louisiana-Monroe|[1/27/06]

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 27, 2006

In Vicksburg’s multiple offensive sets, Chavous McWhorter didn’t have eye-popping numbers from his running back position.

He had the right numbers for Louisiana-Monroe, however.

The Vicksburg High running back has met NCAA academic standards and is now committed to the Louisiana Monroe football program.

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&#8220I’m going to sign with them as soon as I get the papers,” McWhorter said Thursday at VHS. National Signing Day is Wednesday, the first day football players can officially sign to play in college.

McWhorter ran for 596 yards and five touchdowns last season, helping the Gators to a Class 5A playoff berth and a 7-5 record. His ability to get to the edge is what attracted the Indians.

&#8220They want me at running back, but they may also work me later at safety,” McWhorter said. &#8220They have a nice program there. Basically, it was a great atmosphere with good, all-around people.”

McWhorter hopes to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine.

Vicksburg’s top prospect, lineman Trey Curtis (6-5, 310), said it will probably be Tuesday night before he makes up his mind.

&#8220It’s going to be close to Wednesday, maybe Tuesday night,” Curtis said.

Like McWhorter, Curtis is qualified and he’s got plenty of choices in Jackson State, Grambling, Louisiana Tech and Tuskegee College. He’ll visit Tuskegee this weekend but he had a lot of good things to say about former Tuskegee coach Rick Comegy who is now the head man at Jackson State.

&#8220Coach Comegy is all right,” Curtis said. &#8220He said he has a plan and that he came to Jackson State to win.”

Vicksburg High coach Alonzo Stevens said Curtis and McWhorter may be two of 10 Gators to sign on Wednesday.

&#8220We had a bunch go (Thursday) to a thing at Southwest (Community College),” Stevens said.

The three Gators who went were Jerrick Neal, Raymond Reed and Jarald Ellis.

Kicker/punter John Howard has been offered by Grambling, but is also weighing offers from Arkansas Pine Bluff and Jackson State.

Linebacker Harold Knight has offers from both Hinds and Itawamba Community Colleges. Knight was the second leading tackler on the Gators with 108 stops.

Quartez Ashmore, the Gators’ top tackler with 119, is being courted by both Southwest and Itawamba.

Mississippi College continues to be busy in the county. The Choctaws picked up commitments from Vicksburg’s Gerald Mims and Porters Chapel Academy’s Chris Mann.