Philadelphia signees

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Philadelphia had two players sign national letters-of-intent Wednesday morning, with Dustin Sullivan signing with Holmes Community College and Anthony Triplett staying close to home with East Central Community College.

Sullivan is a defensive lineman but according to Philly coach Teddy Dyess, his biggest talent may be as a long snapper.

Triplett starred at defensive back for the Tornadoes, while somehow flying under the radar. He led the state in interceptions each of the past two seasons. Yet, Triplett wasn’t well known mainly because Philly had Dandy Dozen selection Montreal Jordan on the other side of the field.

Jordan, though, did not sign Wednesday. After committing to Alcorn State following a visit this past weekend, Jordan chose to delay his signing as he mulls over his options, which include Hinds Community College and Jackson State, according to Dyess.


EMCC’s Corey Smith to Ohio State

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East Mississippi Community College wide receiver Corey Smith has signed his national letter of intent to play at Ohio State University. Previously committed to Mississippi State, Smith de-committed from the Bulldogs on Jan. 29. Smith was also previously committed to the University of Tennessee before coming to EMCC .

The native of Akron, Ohio, Smith is listed as a four-star prospect by The 6-foot, 170-pound receiver has a listed 40-time of 4.5 and can bench 225 pounds.

Below are some of Smith’s 2012 highlights while at EMCC.

It’s been a long road for Corey Smith, but the opportunity to play Division I football has finally arrived. Below is the trailer to a documentary recapping Smith’s journey.

Shaquille Fluker to sign on at UGA

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It’s been known for quite some time now, former Meridian Wildcat and East Mississippi standout Shaquille Fluker plans to sign his national letter of intent with the University of Georgia for the 2013 season. Today the the three-star safety, according to, will make it official, as he plans to officially sign on with the Bulldogs in a 10 a.m. press conference from Meridian High School . Below are some highlights that show just what kind of player Mark Richt is getting from the hard-hitting safety.

Below: Fluker talks about his performance during the 2012 season opener against Pear River CC. (fast forward to the 1:26 mark for Fluker)

Follow Tmssports for Signing Day coverage around the area.

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The Meridian Star will have coverage of all of today’s local signings. Press conferences to note include:

9 a.m. from Philadelphia HS.

10 a.m. from Meridian HS

11 a.m. from Quitman HS

The Meridian Star will be live at each of these schools, as Jamie Wachter and Tony Tsoukalas provide a round up of who’s going where among local area schools. Check back here at Tmssports and follow @jlwachter and @Tony_Tsoukalas on Twitter to see where your favorite local players wil be headed in the fall.


Final score from game 2: MCC 3 EMCC 2

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Meridian Community College avoided a sweep beating East Mississippi 3-2 in game two. Freshman right hander Kellen Hibbard earned the win for the Eagles in his first ever appearance at Scaggs Field.

The Eagles improve to 3-1 on the season while the Lions fall to 3-1. EMCC will travel to Wallace Community College in Selma, Ala. for a doubleheader on Saturday, while the Eagles will play host to Faulkner St. in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. from Scaggs Field.

For more information on today’s games, pick up tomorrow’s edition of The Meridian Star.

After six innings at Scaggs Field

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Top 4) An error by Seibert with one out breaks up a streak of seven-straight batters retired by Haggard. Austin Braddock follows with a double off the wall in right field. Phillip Tice drove in the Lions second run with a sac fly to center to give EMCC its second run. Lions lead 2-1.

Bottom 4)  Eagles don’t make any noise in the fourth. Hawkins has not allowed a hit since Grant Hill’s single in the second inning.

Top 5) Freshman right hander Kellon Hibbard into the game for the Eagles. Hibbard gets Tentoni to ground out before appearing to hit Clark in the Hand. However, the home plate umpire ruled the ball hit off of Clark’s bat for a foul-tip strikeout. After a double by Trent Waddell, Hibbard would go on to strike out Tyler Odom to end the inning.

Bottom 5) Brooks Balisterri leads off the inning with a hit by pitch and advances to second on a wild pitch. Jonathan Youngblood follows up with a bunt single to move Balisterri to third. Hunter Floyd (Oak Grove HS)  comes into the game for the Lions. After Paul Angel grounds into a fielder’s choice, Dallas Hannah (Meridian HS) beats out an RBI infield single to tie the game at 2-2. Floyd is unable to handle a bunt, allowing the the Eagles to take a 3-2 lead. Odom will come to the mound from first base for EMCC. After an intentional walk loads the bases Garrett Larosa went down looking on strikes. Dallas Hannah ended the inning after getting tagged out  trying to steal home, it appeared he might have slid under the tag. Lions certainly limited the what could have been a fatal inning.  3-2 after five innings of play.

Top 6) Lions cant get on the board in the sixth. EMCC had an opportunity to extend the inning when MCC first baseman Dallas Hannah dropped the second end of an inning-ending double play. However Phillip Tice would ground out the next at bat to end the inning.

Bottom 6) Eagles bring put a runner at second base with two outs for Jonathan Youngblood. However, the talented center fielder grounds out to short to end the inning. MCC stands just three outs from its first home victory of the year up 3-2 over EMCC in the top of the seventh.

After three innings at Scaggs EMCC 1 MCC 1

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Top 1) East Mississipi draws first blood in the top of the first inning, as Tyler Odom, Chase Reeves and Colton Caver string together three-straight hits with two outs to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

Bottom 1) The Eagles strike back in the bottom of the first, as Jonathan Youngblood starts off MCC with a single and steals second base to begin the inning. Three batters later Charles Morton triples in Youngblood to tie the game at 1-1. Both runs in the game came from two-out RBIs.

Top 2) The Lions go down in order, as Witt Haggard appears to have settled down.

Bottom 2) The Eagles started the inning with back-to-back ground outs from Garrett Larosa and Mac Seibert before West Lauderdale product Grant Hill laced a single over short. The Eagles, however could not make anything of the opportunity, as Brooks Balesterri grounded out to end the inning.

Top 3) Haggard retires his sixth-straight batter, as the Lions go down in order again.

Bottom of 3) The Eagles go down easily in the bottom of the third, leaving a man on first base.

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