BOONEVILLE – Bret Jefcoat’s future in college football could be determined in Saturday’s 36th annual state community college all-star game.
It’s the same for Jeremy Cannon.
Both players – Jefcoat, a quarterback from Itawamba, and Cannon, a running back from Northeast – hope to impress the four-year college scouts in practice this week and in the 1 p.m. game at Northeast’s Keenum Stadium.
For Jefcoat, who passed for 1,348 yards and 10 touchdowns during his one-year stint at ICC, it’s a matter of making a choice between football and baseball.
He plans to pitch for the Indians this spring instead of heading to a four-year school for spring football.
“Tennessee-Martin (football) is willing to wait on me,” he said prior to Thursday’s opening practice with his North all-star team. “They know I’m playing baseball. I want the best fit for me whatever I decide to do.”
Jefcoat, who played high school football and baseball at IAHS, redshirted his freshman season at Southern Mississippi before transferring to Fulton.
“Coming back to ICC really helped me,” he said. “It’s been a great experience in the classroom and on the field.”
Jefcoat has three years of eligibility remaining.
Cannon, who rushed for 1,004 yards and scored five TDs for the Tigers, hopes to win over recruiters who might dismiss him because of his size – 5-foot-9, 190 pounds.
“I want to show the Division I guys that a little guy can do it,” said the former New Albany standout. “It’s not always about size. It’s also about heart and dedication.
“I’ve shown I can play against the big players.”
Northeast coach Ricky Smither said he has heard the negative comments about Cannon’s size from recruiters.
“They say, ‘Coach, he’s small,’’ ’ he said. “Yes, he is, but he rushed for 1,000 yards in this league.
“I know a lot of coaches want bigger backs and size means a lot to folks, but this guy’s work habits and durability are unreal. He played with bruised ribs against Northwest and still rushed for 70 yards.”
Arkansas-Monticello is at the top of Cannon’s list, which includes a lot of other NCAA Division II schools.
“I feel honored to be selected to play in this game,” he said. “I just want to keep moving up in football ... until it comes to an end.”
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