HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi is in the process of brewing up its 2018-19 football signing class and the early ingredients have a distinct Mississippi flavor.
According to Goldeneaglepride.com, seven players have given the Golden Eagles a non-binding, verbal commitment, with five coming from in-state high school players who will be playing their senior seasons this fall.
Two commitments hail from the Pine Belt, including Hattiesburg High School cornerback Jadarrius Perkins (6 feet, 175 pounds) and Purvis High School offensive tackle Matthew Ryals (6-7,280).
Ryals' father, Chris, was a standout right tackle for the Golden Eagles from 1988-91.
USM also has commitments from Gulfport High School quarterback T.Q. Newsome (6-1, 206), D'Iberville High School center Louis Smith (6-3, 294) and Warren Central High School running back Corey Wilson (6-0, 175).
Rounding out the early commitments were a pair of wide receivers, Chris Scruggs Jr. (6-2, 175) of Superior Collegiate Academy in Clearwater, Fla., and Jakyrus Williams (5-10, 175) of Saraland (Ala.) High School.
The early signing period begins Dec. 19, while the latter signing period open is set for Feb. 6, 2019.