Chambless has largest signing class in career at WPHS

MSU signee Marcus Murphy clowns around with West Point coach Chris Chambless following Wednesday's National Signing Day event at WPHS.Pictured from left (standing) are: Archie Jones, Tray Brownlee, Ledarius Glover, Jason Brownlee, Marcus Murphy, Zameek Price, Chris Calvert, Nate Montgomery; (seated) Jamel Banks, Terence Cherry, and Rason Carr.
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The largest number of college football signees in Coach Chris Chambless' 16-year career at West Point inked their scholarships Wednesday on National Signing Day.

And Marcus Murphy, who signed with Mississippi State during the early-signing period in December, returned to cheer his classmates on.

Murphy already is enrolled at MSU and working with the team, including a team run Wednesday afternoon.

Eleven other players from the team that won state 5A championships in 2016 and 2017 signed Wednesday, all with state community colleges. Five of those are going to Holmes Community College, which recruited hard at the school, Chambless said, in part because the Green Wave runs an offense similar to Holmes.

National champion East Mississippi Community College plucked three players while Mississippi Delta signed two and Northwest Community College got one.

"This is the largest group to sign that I've been a part of in my 16 years. It's a group of kids with great character. They will make a name for themselves and for West Point. I've told them not to forget where they came from," the veteran coach told a crowd of parents, relatives and students in the school's auditorium.where the players signed at a table flanked by the state championship trophies.

The players say they chose schools where they found a good fit and an opportunity to possibly move on to the next level.

"It's a chance for me to get better, they'll make me better," defensive lineman Terence Cherry said of opting for EMCC, where he may be shifted to linebacker.

"It's exciting for all of us. I will miss playing with them, but we'll see a lot of each other," Cherry continued, referring to the signees at other in-state schools.

He'll also have fellow Wave players Jason Brownlee and his cousin, cornerback Tray Brownlee, on the team at EMCC.

Jason Brownlee is a talented wide receiver and defensive back who could get picked up by a large Division 1 school if he can showcase his talents at EMCC like he has in all-star games.

Other signees from West Point include: defensive back/linebacker Rason Carr, offensive lineman Jameek Price and his twin, Zemeek Price, and running backs Nate Montgomery and Archie Jones, all going to Holmes; defensive linemen Jamel Banks and Ladarius Glover, both going to Mississippi Delta; and running back Chris Calvert, going to Northwest Community College.

The Price twins will go to National Guard basic training this summer and then return to enroll at Holmes. They'll technically be a part of the 2019 signing class.

"They are both mature beyond their years, hard-nosed, dedicated. Holmes will be glad to get them," Chambless said of the pair.