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Six Tigers ink with four-year schools on the first day of the mid-year signing period

Booneville, Miss. - An outstanding group of Northeast Mississippi Community College student-athletes are ready to and display their skills at the highest level of amateur football.

Six Tigers inked a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to continue their careers on the gridiron during the opening day of the midyear transfer signing period on Wednesday, December 16.


“We are excited and very happy for them and their families,” said Northeast head coach Greg Davis. “They’ve excelled in the classroom and on the field. It’s awesome to see these players grow and their dreams come true.”


The tandem of superstars is headlined by S Mackenro Alexander, who is set to return home to the Sunshine State to join a University of South Florida squad that is on the rise.


Alexander was assigned three stars by recruiting services Rivals, Scout and 247Sports, which also tabbed him as the No. 24 safety in the entire country. He had 29 stops and 2.5 tackles for loss in his only season with the Tigers.


The Immokalee (Fla.) High School graduate made perhaps his most memorable play during Northeast’s matchup at Hinds Community College. He returned a blocked field goal 97 yards for the first special teams touchdown by the Tigers in four years.


The Bulls of Tampa, Fla., qualified for the Miami Beach Bowl after ending a streak of four consecutive losing campaigns. South Florida competes in the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and is under the direction of coach Willie Taggart.


DB Brady Smith and WR Khalid Kornegay both agreed to stay inside the borders of Mississippi. Smith is moving to Alcorn State University while Kornegay enrolls at Delta State University.


Smith had two identical seasons of 52 tackles for a total of 104 stops. He snagged two interceptions while at Northeast, including a 33-yard pick-six versus Coahoma Community College during the 2014 campaign.


The Batesville native recently participated in the 42nd annual Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-Star Game. He tallied three takedowns for the North squad at defensive back.


The Braves have captured two straight Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships with Jay Hopson at the helm. Alcorn State, which is located in Lorman, obtained a berth to the inaugural Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl inside the Georgia Dome.


Kornegay was phenomenal during his two-year tenure with the Tigers. He accumulated 32 receptions for 457 yards with seven touchdowns in 16 games overall at Northeast.


The Tulsa, Okla., product had 10 catches for 141 yards during his final campaign in the City of Hospitality. He scored twice during the Tigers’ homecoming affair against Mississippi Delta Community College.


The Statesmen are a traditional powerhouse in the Gulf South Conference (GSC). Delta State, whose campus is in Cleveland, compiled a 6-5 record this season under the watch of coach Todd Cooley.


WR Donta Armstrong is getting the opportunity to keep the same mascot for another two years after accepting a scholarship offer to attend the University of West Alabama.


He was selected as a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American for his efforts as a return specialist. Armstrong is the thirteenth recipient of this prestigious honor in program history.


The Bruce High School alumnus finished third in the country with 772 return yards. Armstrong averaged 122.6 all-purpose yards per outing, which placed him at 17th among all players nationally. 


The Tigers are instructed by Brett Gilliland and are members of the Gulf South. West Alabama is just two seasons removed from claiming back-to-back league titles and has won at least five games in each campaign since then.


OL Dayon Davis and WR Jaylon Fair capitalized on the chance to remain teammates for the foreseeable future. Both Northeast standouts are headed to the University of Arkansas at Monticello.


Byhalia’s Davis garnered MACJC All-State recognition for his excellent work in the trenches this year. He earned the starting nod in all nine contests for the Tigers at left guard.


Davis conceded only four sacks and did not allow his assignment to bring down the quarterback at all during seven matchups. He anchored an offensive line that helped Northeast account for 304.1 yards each game.


Amory’s Fair was second among all of the Tigers’ receivers at 26 catches and third with 231 yards. He started the season by hauling in five passes for 52 yards versus Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.


He later had a career-best six receptions against Itawamba Community College. Fair averaged a first down per catch during four contests and also represented Northeast in the MACJC All-Star Game.


The Boll Weevils are seeking their inaugural winning campaign as an affiliate of the Great American Conference (GAC), which was not formed until 2011. Arkansas-Monticello is guided by headman Hud Jackson.

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