East Feliciana tops Episcopal _lowres

Advocate staff photo by John Oubre -- East Feliciana's Timothy Thompson

If Southern’s latest cornerback from East Feliciana High School is anything like the last one, the Jaguars will be very happy.

On Wednesday, Southern signed East Feliciana cornerback Timothy Thompson, former and soon-to-be-again teammate of Danny Johnson, who signed with the Jaguars last season and was named second-team all-Southwestern Athletic Conference as a freshman.

“Tim is a very good athlete,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said. “He’s got good speed and I think his best football is ahead of him. He’s a heady player who’s tough and great in coverage. We wanted to improve our depth. We have some guys coming back, but I like competition.”

Odums said Thompson, like Johnson, is a talented kickoff and punt returner. The Jaguars have another talented returner in Willie Quinn, but must replace Jaleel Richardson, who graduated.

Home ties pay off

Odums was proud to tweet out that one of the first recruits to sign was from his hometown of Shelby, N.C.

He’s defensive back Demario Houston, 5-11, 175, who played at Shelby High School, not Odums’ alma mater, Crest High School.

“That’s home,” Odums said. “You’re always going to get phone calls and a lot of guys who are coaching there we actually played against each other or played with each other during our times in high school.”

Center sticks to word

Another Odums contact paid off in the signing of center Jaylon Brinson from Tallahassee, Fla.

Brinson’s uncle, Ira Reynolds, is the head coach at Florida A&M Developmental Research School and got to know Odums while Odums was an assistant at Bethune-Cookman.

Odums said Brinson was the recruit who maintained his commitment the longest, having told the coach last June that he would sign with the Jaguars.

Early work holds up

Odums said nearly half of the class, 12 players, committed early, mostly last spring, and stayed true to their word.

Two of those early commitments were teammates — defensive lineman Ceajae Bryant and tight end Austin Opara — from Westfield High School in Spring, Texas.

Long recruiting reach

Madison, Wisc., is a bit off the beaten path for Southern recruiting, but nonetheless the Jaguars landed defensive end/tight end Thaddeus Hoffer from Madison East High School.

Odums said tight ends coach Justin Poindexter noticed Hoffer while working a camp at Northwestern University last summer.

“We recruited him through the whole process and he came in during the fall and watched a game,” Odums said. “He came back on an official visit and really liked us and had a great visit and we were able to sign him today.”

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