March 9, 2010

Love on track to qualify

Since signing day, Aberdeen's Jamerson Love has received countless handshakes and kind words from friends, family and even complete strangers about his future at Mississippi State.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback's name was already well known in the small Northeast Mississippi town but went to another level in recent weeks.

"When I go around now people notice me and come up to me and shake my hand and say congratulations on signing with State," Love said. "That makes me feel special. These same people have been looking at me for a long time and I know a lot of them thought I wouldn't be in the spot that I'm in now because of what I used to do three or four years ago. I've just turned my life around and all of it paid off."

Love signed his national letter of intent on live television on national signing day alongside Vincent Sanders, Brandon Hill and Markese Triplett on WCBI in Columbus.

He then returned to Aberdeen for a ceremony alongside five of his teammates. Rashad Pargo, Erik Buchanan, Decedrick Quinn and Mario Lucas all inked with Itawamba Community College while Anthony Bean signed with William Penn.

"It was a really big deal for me and the rest of our players because six of us signed full scholarships," Love said. "That really meant a lot to me knowing that my fellow senior classmates are going to a college too. It made me feel good to know that they are going to a college somewhere."

They will likely not be the last to sign scholarships from the Class 3A Powerhouse. 2011 offensive lineman Fred Ward and 2012 defensive lineman Channing Ward are considered some of the state's top prospects for the future. Love hopes his signing with a SEC program will help inspire his underclassmen teammates.



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