The first Wednesday in February is expected to be much quieter than usual at the Southern football offices.
With Southern having already signed 11 players during the early signing period in December, Wednesday’s signing day will serve as more of a finishing touch on a class the Jaguars have already largely assembled.
“Nothing major,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said. “Just trying to see if we can get a couple more players.”
A couple more should be in the range of four or five players, Odums said, with an emphasis on the defense.
In Odums' estimation, the early signing period went “better than expected.” But he expects the process to go even smoother next year now that everyone has gone through it once.
The idea is that players will now make their minds up sooner and teams will front-load their classes during the early signing period — much like Southern did this year.
“Before, guys were waiting around to take visits and do all this stuff, wait and see if another school is going to offer (a scholarship),” Odums said.
Odums said his focus Wednesday is adding some players to his linebacker and secondary corps, after Southern lost some cornerstone players at those positions from last year’s team.
Danny Johnson was a four-year starter and All-American performer at defensive back for Southern, but the Jaguars also have to replace regular contributor Jamar Mitchell.
Demerio Houston, Andrea Augustine and Timothy Thompson, expected to be big parts of the secondary in 2018, are also entering their senior seasons.
Southern added 6-foot-3 cornerback Damien Crawford in the early signing period, and it received recent commitments from Robert Rhem of Trinity Catholic High in Ocala, Florida and Glenn Brown III of St James High.
The Jaguars also have received a commitment from Rhem’s high school teammate, wide receiver Jordan Lewis, who would give them another wideout who stands 6-feet or taller — an emphasis in the early signing period and something Southern desperately lacked last season.
The biggest commitment — literally and figuratively — is Hahnville offensive lineman Larry Dixon, a 6-foot-4, 331-pound three-star prospect according to 247Sports composite rankings.
Southern will announce its full signing class at the Royal Cotillion Ballroom at the Smith-Brown Memorial Union, with the event scheduled to run from 7-9 p.m.
Jacoby Allen, LB, 6-1, 210, North Shore High School (Houston)
Jamel Byrd, WR 6-1, 190, Hahnville High School (Hahnville, Louisiana)
Bernard Childs II, OL, 6-2, 315, Channelview High School (Channelview, Texas)
Damien Crawford, DB, 6-3, 188, Green Oaks High School (Shreveport)
Martell Fontenot, K/P, 5-11, 155, Zachary High School (Zachary, Louisiana)
Colyn Givens, DL, 6-3, 255, Captain Shreve High School (Shreveport)
Terrence Gray, DL, 6-3, 242, Ellender Memorial High School (Houma, Louisiana)
Kobe Hartman, WR, 6-3, 190, Ellender Memorial High School (Houma, Louisiana)
Ladarius Skelton, QB, 6-2, 210, Fullerton College (Fullerton, California)
Reggie Wilson, TE, 6-3, 225, Reagan High School (San Antonio)
Gary Young, WR, 5-7, 170, G.W. Carver High School (New Orleans)
DB Glenn Brown III, 5-10, 172, St. James High School (St. James, Louisiana)
DB Julian Charles, 6-1, 190, Mississippi College (Clinton, Mississippi)
OL Larry Dixon, 6-4, 331, Hahnville High School (Boutte, Louisiana)
WR Jordan Lewis, 6-0, 191, Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Florida)
ATH Robert Rhem, 5-9, 162, Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Florida)