The first four MSJC football players of the class of 2018 are set to continue their careers next season at NCAA Division I schools.
Sheriron Jones, Jeremiah Jordan, Jomari Becnel, and Tyler Freeman have all signed scholarships to play in the Fall of 2019.
Jones, a quarterback from Rancho Verde HS, is headed to the University of New Mexico. The Lobos are members of the Mountain West Conference and are just two seasons removed from a 9-4 season in which they played in a Bowl game. Jones threw for 2,162 yards during the 2017 season for MSJC and connected on 17 touchdown passes. Jones also was the team's second leading rusher as he carried the ball 87 times for 345 yards. Jones earned both First Team All American Mountain Conference and All Region IV honors.
Jordan who is a defensive lineman from Stone Mountain, Georgia has already earned his AA degree and competed in Spring workouts at the University of Utah. The Utes, who play in the Pac 12 Conference, went 7-6 last season including picking up a victory over West Virginia in the Heart of Dallas Bowl last December. Jordan was fourth on the Eagle defense last season in total tackles with 45, including 24 solo stops. Jordan posted a team high 4.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss during 2017. Jordan earned First Team All American Mountain Conference honors.
Defensive back Tyler Freeman (Hemet West Valley HS) and running back Jomari Becnel (Hampton, VA) will both continue their education and careers at the
NCAA Division I FCS Division. They will also both be in the same conference as Freeman has signed with Stephen F. Austin University and Becnel with Southeastern Louisiana. Both schools are members of the Southland Conference. Stephen F. Austin is located in Nacogdoches, Texas and Southeastern Louisiana is in Hammond, LA.
Freeman was fifth on the team in tackles while a sophomore for MSJC as he collected 41 stops which included 21 solo
tackles. Freeman also had a sack and led the team in forced fumbles with three and he also recovered a pair of fumbles. Becnel was the Eagles leading rusher for the second straight season in 2017, he was also the team's leading scorer. Becnel finished his sophomore campaign with 1,076 all purpose yards which included 841 yards on the ground on 156 carries. He scored 10 rushing touchdowns this past season and added another on a kick off return. Becnel leaves MSJC with just under 1,600 yards rushing in his career and averaged over 5.5 yards per carry.
The Eagles will have several more signings to announce in the coming couple of weeks.
MSJC football players Sheriron Jones (top right), Jeremiah Jordan (top left), Tyler Freeman (bottom right), and Jomari Becnel (bottom left) have all signed NCAA Division I scholarships for the upcoming season. The Eagles expect to announce more signings in the next couple of weeks. (DeeAnn Bradley/MSJC)