Warhawks happy to ink Stamps|[12/20/07]

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 20, 2007

Otis Stamps made his commitment stand on Wednesday, signing a National Letter of Intent to play football at Louisiana-Monroe next season.

The former Warren Central standout just completed a standout sophomore season at Hinds Community College where he helped a defense lead the region in pass defense allowing only 122 yards passing per game. He finished the year with four interceptions. He had six as a freshman.

“We recruited Otis out of high school, but he decided to go the junior college route,” ULM coach Charlie Weatherbie said. “We are really excited to have him join our program, he is going to be a fine addition to our group of cornerbacks. He is good enough to play one-on-one man defense and has a great knack for coming down with the ball.”

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Rebels land three juco standouts

New coach Houston Nutt signed his first three players on Wednesday, landing three junior college players.

Center Brandon Green, tight end Gerald Harris and defensive end Emmanuel Stephens

“We’re excited about these three quality young men joining our team, and we welcome them to the Ole Miss Rebel family,” Nutt said. “All three represent immediate needs for our team. It will also be a plus having them enroll in January and then be able to participate in spring practice.”

The Rebels will begin spring workouts on March 17, with the annual Red-Blue spring game set for April 12.

Green, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound offensive lineman from Southaven, started every game the last two seasons at Northwest Community College, earning first-team Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State honors in 2007.

Harris, a 6-5, 245-pound tight end from Terrell, Texas, played the last two seasons at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, where he was a 2007 first-team Academic All-America selection by JC Grid-Wire.

Stephens, a 6-2, 220-pound defensive end from Houston, Texas, was a 2007 first-team All-America selection by National Junior College Athletic Association while playing at Blinn Community College in Brenham, Texas. He also earned second-team All-America honors from the JC Grid-Wire and was a first-team All-Southwest Conference pick.

Southern Miss inks pair of juco players

Southern Miss signed two junior college players, wide receiver Freddie Parham of Margaret, Ala. and tight end Jonathan Massey of Gautier.

Parham played his last two seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur. He is a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com and was ranked No. 35 by the Web site on the nation’s top junior college prospects.

Massey played his freshman season this fall at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. In his only season played there, he collected 22 catches for 155 yards with a touchdown.

LSU will wear white in BCS championship

Both Ohio State and LSU will wear their preferred home uniforms when they square off on Jan. 7 in the Bowl Championship Series national title game.

As the higher-ranked team, No. 1 Ohio State (11-1) got first choice in selecting its jersey color. The Buckeyes opted for their usual home color of scarlet. They will wear gray pants.

With Ohio State picking the dark jersey color, the Tigers (11-2) were permitted to go with their traditional white home jerseys in the game.