USM wins rare War Eagle

WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - After four years playing for Todd Mangum's War Eagles, Devin Farrior is headed to Hattiesburg to play for Todd Monken's Golden Eagles. Two highly respected coaches say they believe Farrior is the first player ever from the Pine Belt to graduate early, and then enroll early to play football. Even if he's not, they say, there hasn't been one to do so for a long, long time.

Farrior helped Wayne County High School reach the second round of the playoffs after a 10-3 season, and last week, played in the Mississippi-Alabama All Star game. The 6'6'' offensive tackle has graduated from Wayne County, and will enroll at the University of Southern Mississippi for the upcoming Spring semester.

"I came here to do what I've done, football wise, and it's time to move on," said Farrior after signing with Southern Miss Wednesday afternoon. "I think it just gives me a head start on football (and) college. It gives me an opportunity to step in to the starting rotation."

Mangum is quick to point out Farrior's scholarship had just as much to do with his school books as his play books. "It says a lot for him as a student," the Wayne County head football coach said, "just to be able to do's really really good for him.

"The biggest thing is (it) says a lot about his work habits and his work ethic in the classroom to be able to put himself in this position at this time."

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