Jones County JC: Who's signed, who's left?

ELLISVILLE – Eight Jones County Junior College Bobcats have signed to play with four-year schools.

Coach Eddie Pierce's Bobcats posted a 16-4 record during the past two seasons and the following players had a major role in helping the team succeed. This past season, JCJC went 7-2 and finished the year ranked No. 14 in the NJCAA/ poll.

Quarterback Early James is a part of the first signing class at the University of South Alabama, while running back Daniel Borne and defensive end Darrion Wilson are headed to Conference USA member Alabama-Birmingham. Defensive lineman Riley Flowers signed with Troy University of the Sun Belt Conference, while linebacker Demorio Leverett inked with Division II and Gulf South Conference power North Alabama. Offensive lineman Evan Niles signed with Southeastern Louisiana of the Southland Conference, defensive tackle Joshua Stephens is headed to GSC member Valdosta State and defensive back Derek Welch inked with Tennessee-Martin of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Junior college players were eligible to sign with senior colleges, beginning on Wednesday, Dec. 17. These eight players will transfer to their respective schools starting in January and will be able to participate in spring drills.

Pierce expects more Bobcats to sign with senior colleges at a later date.

James (6-2, 191) was named the South Division's Most Valuable Back as a freshman after leading the Bobcats to a 9-2 record and a spot in the state championship game. As a sophomore he completed 115-of-239 passes for 1,406 yards and 12 touchdowns. He participated in the MACJC All-Star game at Northeast Mississippi Community College on Saturday, Dec. 6. James is from Killona, La., and played at Hahnville High School.

Borne (5-10, 205) was a first-team All-MACJC South Division selection this past season. He rushed for 566 yards and scored 11 touchdowns. Borne is from Avondale, La., in the New Orleans area and attended Archbishop Shaw High School.

Wilson (6-2, 220) was a first-team All-MACJC South Division performer. He received the Bobcat Award at the school's fall athletic banquet. He is from Crawfordville, Fla., and played at Wakulla High School.

Flowers (6-3, 285) was a first-team All-MACJC South Division selection. He is from Geneva High School in Geneva, Ala.

Leverett (5-11, 220) was a second-team All-MACJC South Division performer, recording 57 solo tackles and 21 assists. He is from Bartow, Fla., and played at Auburndale High School.

Niles (6-3, 290) was a first-team All-MACJC South Division player and participated in the MACJC All-Star game. He is from Mize and played at Mize High School.

Stephens (6-0, 290) was a second-team All-MACJC South Division selection and played in the MACJC All-Star game. He is from Paulding and played at Heidelberg High School.

Welch (5-10, 167) participated in the MACJC All-Star game. He is from Taylorsville and prepped at Taylorsville High School.

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