Amory’s Rico Jernighan of Itawamba Community College has signed a national letter of intent to play at the University of West Alabama. The 5’11, 195 pound defensive back from Amory finished among the state leaders in solo tackles this past season for the Indians with 53 (62 total tackles).

“I’m looking forward to playing at West Alabama,” said Jernighan. “They had a great season and even advanced in the Division 2 national playoffs. Plus, the guy that recruited me (West Alabama offensive coordinator Will Hall) is from Amory, too, and that was neat.”

Jernighan, who will join Aberdeen's Ricky Bell in Livingston, also had four tackles for a loss, eight pass break ups, one interception and one caused fumble during his sophomore campaign for ICC.

“I’m happy for Rico because he got it done in the classroom as well as on the football field,” said ICC head coach Jon Williams. “People need to realize how hard it is to graduate after just three semesters. It’s a huge advantage for Rico and some of our other players to be able to transfer at the semester break and be able to compete in spring drills at their new schools.”

Jernighan is the fourth Indian to sign during this month long signing period for juco football players.

ICC Media Relations

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