ELLISVILLE – Several Jones County Junior College Bobcats signed football scholarships with senior colleges on Dec. 16, the first day of the early signing period for mid-year transfers.
Linebacker Ty Hill and defensive back Jamal Blackwell signed with the University of West Alabama, while punter Patrick Ponder is headed to the University of Central Arkansas. Defensive back Al’dreecous Wilson signed with Jacksonville State University, linebacker Jahmaad Harrell signed with Mississippi College, defensive tackle Arie Anderson inked with the University of Idaho and offensive lineman Toriaun Samuels signed with Arkansas Tech.
Wide receiver Carlos Burse will sign with the University of West Georgia, long snapper Drew Edgar will continue his career at Louisiana Tech and defensive end Javarious Tanner is expected to sign with West Alabama.
Hill, a 6-foot, 210-pound player from Brookhaven, was named an NJCAA All-American second-team. As a sophomore, he led the MACJC and finished 19th nationally in total tackles with 96 stops – 10.7 tackles per game.
He was named the MACJC South Division's Most Valuable Defensive Back, All-MACJC first-team and All-Region 23. Hill also played in the MACJC All-Star Game.
Blackwell, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound product from Mize, had 24 tackles as a sophomore and 24 stops as a freshman. He had one pass break-up this season.
Ponder, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound player from Bay St. Louis, was named an NJCAA All-American first-team. He led the NJCAA and the MACJC in punting with a 43.1 yards per kick average on 54 punts. He had a season's best kick of 82 yards vs. East Central and had 14 punts that went inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
He was also chosen to the All-MACJC first-team and All-Region 23 teams.
Wilson, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound player from Opelika, Alabama, played the 'Bobcat' safety position. He had 28 solo tackles, 17 assists, 45 total tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup. He had two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, returning one of those picks 70 yards for a touchdown vs. Southwest Mississippi in a 27-14 Bobcat win on Sept. 10.
Harrell, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound player from McComb, was the second-leading tackler on the team. He had 42 solo tackles, 18 assists and 60 total stops. He had three tackles-for-loss, one pass break-up and one forced fumble.
Anderson, a 6-foot-1, 300-pound player from Millbrook, Alabama, had 12 solo stops, 11 assists and 23 total tackles. He had one sack and one forced fumble.
Samuels, a 6-foot-2, 310-pound product from Hazlehurst, was a two-year starter for the Bobcats. He was chosen to play in the MACJC All-Star Game.
Edgar, a 5-foot-10, 230-pound player from Madison Central, was a two-year starter and is regarded as one of top players at his position in the nation.
Burse, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound product from Alpharetta, Georgia, had 47 receptions for 500 yards and two touchdowns on the season. His best game came in a 37-27 loss to Mississippi Gulf Coast where he had 12 receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns. He was named the MACJC Offensive Player of the Week for that performance.
Burse transferred to JCJC from Vanderbilt University.
Tanner, a 6-foot, 240-pound player from Hazlehurst, led the team in quarterback sacks with six. He had 29 solo tackles, 10 assists and 39 total tackles. He had one tackle-for-loss and one fumble recovery.
Several other Bobcats are expected to sign soon with senior colleges.