LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Laurel High School senior Thakarius Keyes showed up late on the scene, but that did not stop him from getting signed by a division one school.
Keyes did not start his football career until his junior year.
In that short span of time on the team, the 6 foot 3 safety helped his team to a MHSAA Class 5A state football championship in 2014, and then to the semifinals the following year.
Laurel High School head coach Todd Breland said he was really an undiscovered talent.
"He was kind of unknown and then when the new staff came in at Tulane, they found him on another kid's film and the coaches contacted me about him," Breland said. "The rest was history. I'm very excited for him."
On national signing day, Keyes originally signed paperwork with East Mississippi Community College, but has decided that becoming a part of the Green Wave is a better fit for him.
"When I visited I really loved the campus and the culture," Keyes said. "They treated me like family there, basically like they do here at Laurel."