Graham signs with Northwestern State

From combined reports




Former East Webster standout Miguel Graham signed a football National Letter of Intent with Northwestern (La.) State University on Wednesday on National Signing Day.

“I went on a visit this past weekend and the guys treated me like I was on the team already. It was a great atmosphere and I had a lot of fun,” Graham said. “I enjoyed a lot around here in Booneville with fun, family and friends. This is a place I could call home.”

Graham, who played the last two seasons for Northeast Mississippi Community College, was a mainstay in the Tiger defensive backfield and recorded 44 tackles, the fifth-best number on the team, with 34 of them registered as solo stops.

The East Webster High School product hauled in a season-high three interceptions with a total of 128 return yards. Graham had the Tigers’ only defensive score of the year when he caressed a pass against Mississippi Delta Community College and raced 95 yards for a pick-six.

He also had six tackles and two pass break ups versus the Trojans for what was his best outing as a Tiger.

“Miguel stepped in and did a tremendous job for us,” said Northeast headman Ricky Smither. “He’s another great team leader. They’re getting a tremendous player in him.”

Northwestern State is located in Natchitoches, La., and is a part of the Southland Conference. The Demons went an even 6-6 in their first campaign under the direction of coach Jay Thomas.

Thirteen men from the 2013 Tiger squad that finished as Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) North Division runner-up have now committed to playing at four-year schools.

They include Martice Buckley (Missouri Southern State), Kortilous Ellis (Arkansas Tech), Parrish Huddleston (UAB), Jeremy Liggins (Ole Miss), Gregdrecus Leland (West Alabama), Ricky Parks (Auburn), Jerrard Randall (Arizona), Dequinten Spraggins (Murray State), Jaquille White (UT Martin), Nick Johnson (North Alabama), Razean Prather (Missouri Southern) and Romia Wilson (Bethune-Cookman).