POPLARVILLE –Three Pearl River Community College sophomores have signed football scholarship offers to continue their careers at four-year programs, during the early signing period for junior college players.
Defensive back and kick return specialist Tavarious Moore has signed with Southern Miss, punter Cody Mikell will play for Henderson (Ark.) State and center Ryan Rainey inked with Murray State. All three players will enroll at their respective colleges for the upcoming spring semester.
Moore is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound product of Quitman High who played free safety and returned kickoffs for the Wildcats this past season.
He returned nine kickoffs for 356 yards (39.6 yards per return), including one for a 97-yard touchdown against Southwest.
On defense, Moore had 61 solo tackles and 11 assists, including one for a loss of 3 yards, one interception, one quarterback hurry, two forced fumbles and eight pass-breakups.
He was a first-team All-MACJC and All-Region 23 selection both as a defensive back and kick returner this past season.
Mikell, a 6-1, 210-pounder from Poplarville, punted 60 times for an average of 38.5 yards. He had 12 kicks downed inside opponents’ 20-yard-line, six touchbacks and four fair catches.
Henderson State, located in Arkadelphia, Ark., is coached by former PRCC coach Scott Maxfield. Mikell was a second-team All-MACJC selection both as a freshman and as a sophomore.
Rainey, a 6-1, 300-pounder from Saucier who played high school ball at Harrison Central, was a two-year starter at center for the Wildcats.