National Signing Day always comes with anticipation and excitement. Tupelo High School football and soccer have had those two emotions all season.
Head football coach Trent Hammond had four seniors sign with respective colleges. DE/LB Kyree Bradford (Jackson State University), DE Chase Cannon (Northeast CC), CB/FS R’Darious Edwards (Northeast), and G/C Jarvis Smithey (Itawamba CC)
Kyree Bradford, 6’7″, 235, will join former Mississippi State football assistant and now head coach at JSU Tony Hughes. Bradford only played in nine games due to two hand injuries but he finished the season with 27 tackles (11 solo, 16 assisted). He also plays center for the No. 2 ranked boys basketball team.
Chase Cannon, 6’2″, 215, signed with Northeast Community College football in Booneville. Cannon saw action in all 12 games in 2016. He has also played tightend and offensive tackle since his sophomore year. Cannon had 68 tackles (45 solo, 23 assisted), two sacks, and three defensive touchdowns his senior season.
R’Darious Edwards, 6’2″ 153, will also follow Chase Cannon to NECC. Edwards had 38 tackles as an anchoring defensive back for the Wave. He played in all 12 games and helped Tupelo only give up 26.2 PPG in 2016. NECC is guided by Greg Davis who finished his third year with the Tigers.
Jarvis Smithey, 6’2″, 300, joins second year head coach Sean Cannon at Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Smithey has played both offensive guard as well as center for Coach Hammond for three seasons. He was selected to the 1-6A All-Division 1st Team for 2015. The ICC Indians went 5-5 last season with a trip to the MACJC playoffs.
Tupelo soccer center back Cade Fremont, 6’0″, 175, also signed Wednesday to play at Delta State University. Fremont had one goal his freshman year, one goal and two assists as a junior, and six goals through his senior campaign. Fremont is the 12th signee under Coach Harris Faucette in the last 13 months. Tupelo boys soccer is 18-1-1 this season, 17-2-2 last season, and 12-3-2 two years ago. The boys host Madison Central in the 6A North Half Thursday for a trip to the 6A finals this weekend.