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Hinds CC Eagles sign with four-year colleges and universities



The Hinds Community College Eagles had 18 football players sign with four-year universities on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in front of family, friends and media.

Below is the list of the 2019 Hinds football players who signed scholarships to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level.

Don Ragsdale – University of Southern Mississippi
Ragsdale, the sophomore running back, finished 2019 as one of the nation’s leading rushers. According to the NJCAA, Ragsdale ranks third in rush attempts (203), fifth in rushing yards (971), seventh in yards per game (97.1), and 14th in rushing touchdowns (8). Ragsdale was also named MACJC All-State Honorable Mention.

Elijah Walker – Grambling State University
Walker, the sophomore quarterback, completed 100 of his 171 pass attempts (58.5 percent completion percentage) for 1551 yards and 13 touchdowns for Hinds in 2019. His 1551 passing yards ranks 21st in the NJCAA and his quarterback efficiency rating of 150.4 ranks eighth in the NJCAA. Walker was also named MACJC Second Team All-State Offense.

Joe’Vontae Shorter – Albany State University
Shorter, the sophomore wide receiver, finished 2019 with 21 receptions, 243 receiving yards, and two receiving touchdowns. Shorter also collected one rushing touchdown for the Eagles.

Carson Flumm – Delta State University
Flumm, the sophomore kicker, finished 2019 with 32 total points scored for the Eagles. Flumm connected on four of five field goal attempts and made 20 out of 25 point after touchdown attempts.

Kyree Fields – University of North Alabama
Fields, the sophomore defensive back, finished 2019 with 54 total tackles. Fields was also named NJCAA All-Region 23 and MACJC First Team All-State Defense.

Traveyon Craig – Mississippi Valley State University
Craig, the sophomore wide receiver, finished 2019 with 17 receptions for 320 yards and three touchdowns. Additionally, he returned nine punts for total of 78 yards. Craig was also named MACJC Second Team All-State Offense.

Darmario Nichols – Mississippi Valley State University
Nichols, the sophomore defensive back, tallied 38 total tackles, forced one fumble, recovered one fumble, and hauled in three interceptions. Furthermore, Nichols returned two interceptions for touchdowns and broke up five passes. Nichols was also named MACJC Second Team All-State Defense.

Cristian Phillips – University of Southeastern Louisiana
Phillips, the sophomore defensive lineman, finished 2019 with 26 total tackles and 2.5 sacks as he helped Hinds finish ranked eighth in the NJCAA.

Vidal Scott – Arkansas State University
Scott, the sophomore defensive lineman, finished 2019 with 18 total tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery. Scott was also named MACJC First Team All-State Defense.

Quentarrius Banks – Tuskegee University
Banks, the sophomore offensive lineman, finished 2019 as an impactful run and pass blocker for the Eagle’s offense.

Christopher Blair – University of Arkansas-Monticello
Blair, the sophomore linebacker, finished 2019 with 27 total tackles, four sacks, and 5.5 tackles for a loss as he created havoc in the backfield for opponents all season.

Michael Gause – Louisiana Tech University
Gause, the redshirt freshman lineman, did not participate this year due to injury. However, prior to his injury, Gause was regarding as one of the top offensive linemen in the State. He will play for Louisiana tech as a redshirt sophomore next season.

Kirkland Horton – University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Horton, the sophomore defensive back, finished 2019 with 43 total tackles, one sack, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one fumble recovery and two pass breakups.

Jordan Johnson – Prairie View A&M University
Johnson, the sophomore offensive lineman, helped lead Hinds to one of the nation’s best run offense in 2019.

Jonathan Jordan – University of North Alabama
Jordan, the sophomore defensive back, finished 2019 with 26 total tackles, one tackle for a loss, two pass breakups, one block and three interceptions.

Jataquist Sherrod – Lyon College
Sherrod, the sophomore defensive back, finished with 16 total tackles and played premier defense throughout the 2019 season.

John Tate – Delta State University
Tate, the sophomore long snapper, did a remarkable job for the Eagles throughout the 2019 season and helped freshman punter, Houston Smith, rack up 1801 punt yards in 46 punt attempts.

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