Southern has received a verbal commitment from South Terrebonne High School long snapper David-Michael Carrell, who plans to enroll next month and participate in spring practice.

The early start will be especially important for Carrell because the Jaguars do not have an experienced long snapper after Ohene Akuoko graduated.

“I know if I’m going to compete to be a starter, I’m going to have to work for it,” Carrell said Thursday. “Having eight months in the weight room will be important.”

Carrell, 6-foot, 245 pounds, said staying close to home was a factor in his decision to pick Southern over a couple of other in-state schools he considered.

“Southern is one of the great FCS schools,” Carrell said. “It has an electric atmosphere, and what other FCS program gets talked about on (ESPN’s) ‘Gameday’? They previewed the Bayou Classic and Southern played on national TV.”

The Jaguars beat Grambling 52-45 in the Bayou Classic to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division on NBC. A week later, they were on ESPNU when they lost to Alcorn State 38-24 in the SWAC championship game.