Three Aggie Tigers Become Newest CCC Tigers
CLARKSDALE — On Tuesday afternoon, three members the most successful Coahoma Agricultural High School football teams in history signed their Letters of Intent to continue their football careers next fall at Coahoma Community College.
Defensive end and offensive lineman Jakedrick Campbell (5-foot-11, 180 pounds), slot receiver Travious Burrel (5-foot-6, 160) and offensive and defensive lineman Montarious Artis (6-foot, 285 pounds) all made their decisions official to become a part of the new era of football at CCC under new Head Coach Karl Morgan. After two consecutive seasons with a combined one win, these three seniors were a major reason that Aggie turned things around in 2013 earning seven wins and a trip to the State 2A Playoffs.
“We’re doing our best to put together the most talented group we can find that will make us as competitive as we can possibly be,” said Morgan by phone. “We expect these three young men to come into the program ready to work as hard as they possibly can, on the field and in the classroom, and do whatever they can to make our team better.”
CAHS faculty and staff, along with members of the players’ families and coaches, looked on proudly as the seniors made the commitment to continue their football and academic careers at the next level.
“I’m really proud of their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom,” said Aggie Head Football Coach Michael Stringer. “These are three really great kids, and we hope that we’ve planted a seed in them to work hard, and to study hard so that they will grow into productive athletes and students at the college level.
“We also hope that our kids here at Aggie see the success that they can have when they work hard, and that they see all of the good things going on here. I just want to thank God that I was given the opportunity to coach these kids and help them along the way.”
The three newest Tiger football players were all excited Tuesday and ready to bring their best with them to the field this fall, and were thankful for the help they received on their journeys to this point. They all thanked their teachers, their coaches, and were excited about the future possibilities.
“I feel really blessed to be given the opportunity to continue to play football at the next level,” said Campbell. “Football is my life, I worked hard for the last four years here at Aggie and know it’s paying off. I want to thank coach Stringer and my family for helping me get to where I am now.”
“I know that it’s going to be harder playing at the next level, but I feel really good about being able to get that chance,” said Burrel. “Playing at Aggie has helped me get stronger and get into better shape. Next year at CCC I want to continue to get stronger, develop my leadership skills and do whatever I can to help out the team and to make the team better.”
“I am excited to be able to continue playing football and to be able to stay close to home,” said Artis. “Playing football at Aggie really helped me develop a love for playing football and I was proud to be a part of our team (that won seven games in 2013) because winning that many games hadn’t been done here in a long time. I’m ready to be a part of CCC and to work hard to make us better.”
The Coahoma football team is already immersed in spring workouts, and will be holding open tryouts on March 8th beginning at 10 a.m.