Devonta Jason and Keytaon Thompson are back together again.
Jason, a senior wide receiver at Landry-Walker High School, signed on Wednesday to play at Mississippi State, rejoining his former quarterback from the 2016 Class 5A state championship team.
"It's real special, said Thompson, who attended Wednesday's signing ceremony. "He's a great player and for the Crescent City Connection to now be at Hail State, I'm just real happy."
Jason, a five-star recruit, was emotional as he made his announcement in his high school gym.
He paused and was unable to hold back the tears before putting on a maroon Mississippi State pullover.
His other final two choices were LSU and Kansas.
"This is a big stage for my family, and I had to work for everything I got," Jason said. "I didn't plan to be that emotional. it just hit me. It's over now, and I'm on the next level."
Jason will enroll at Mississippi State in January, when he will join Thompson with the hopes of putting up the same numbers the two did a season ago.
Jason caught 41 passes for 732 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior. His junior season, with Thompson, he caught 51 passes for 1,018 yards and 17 touchdowns.
"Keytaon played a big part," Jason said. "I played three years with him, and he was a dominant player. I picture myself doing the same thing with him on the next level. We talked and stayed in touch. I didn't take any official visits and still made a decision. I made it based on the relationships I had."
Jason, or "Whop" as everyone calls him, said he made his mind up about two weeks ago. The nickname was given to him by his grandmother. It's short for "Whopper" because he was 9 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches long when he was born.
He's now listed at 6-3, 210 pounds, giving him the size and strength to win one-on-one battles with defenders.
"They are getting a dynamic, exciting player," said Landry-Walker coach Emanuel Powell. "When he comes in there, he's going to be ready. He will be hungry, and he's one of those kids who will soak up anything you give him. It's going to be hard to keep him off the field."
Jason originally committed to LSU as a sophomore, then de-committed and committed to Kansas, where former Warren Easton High School coach Tony Hull is now an assistant.
Jason recently de-committed from Kansas, although he didn't completely remove them from his list of finalists.
Thompson, who was Louisiana's Mr. Football as well as the Gatorade Player of the Year in 2016, welcomes his former teammate.
"I've known him since he was in the sixth or seventh grade," Thompson said. "I've watched him grow into the great player that he is today. He works really hard, and he has a lot of passion for the game. To see him make the decision and the emotion, its' a great feeling."
Jason's signing was the biggest news on Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA's newly implemented early signing period.
He was one of four Landry-Walker players to sign Wednesday, along with defensive back Corione Harris (Kansas), Curry Benn (Southern Miss) and Ty'wan Francis (Colorado State).
Four De La Salle players also signed on Wednesday.
Quarterback Julien Gums signed with Nicholls State, where he will be joined by teammate Jeremiah James, an offensive lineman who also signed with the Colonels.
De La Salle defensive lineman Jamiran James (Jeremiah's twin) signed with Tulane and defensive back Lance Robinson signed with Kansas State.
Robinson had contemplated switching to TCU after getting a heavy push Tuesday night but stuck with the school he committed to during the summer.
"I think I can do big things at K-State," Robinson said. "The coaches recruited me early, and they stuck with me.
Gums originally planned to wait until February to sign but decided to go sign on Wednesday. He is expected to play running back in college after starring at quarterback for the Cavaliers and leading the school to the Division II championship game.
"I thought hard about it and decided to go ahead and do it today," Gums said. "I didn't have another offer and I didn't want anything to happen and I'm fully committed. I think all of us chose the right schools for us."
Edna Karr defensive back Quindell Johnson and offensive lineman Titus Jones signed with Memphis.
Northshore safety Jeremiah McDonald signed with the Big 10's Northwestern.
Easton defensive back Damien Tate signed with Tulane, while receivers Sheldon Jones and Yo'Heinz signed with Texas-San Antonio and Ball State.
Carver linebacker James Jones signed with Idaho.
The NCAA's regular signing period begins on Feb. 7.