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MATHISTON â€“ It's not everyday you get to sign with a national champion.
East Webster's Brennan Sparks did that on Friday morning.
Sparks signed a letter of commitment with East Mississippi Community College at East Webster's Wood College campus and didn't take the action lightly.
"I thank God I have this opportunity to play football again," Sparks said. "I want to help EMCC the best way I can and hope to reclaim the national championship again. I want to give them the best I've got."
Sparks expressed his appreciation to EMCC head coach Buddy Stephens and his staff for opening the doors of their football program, and to his coaches with the Wolverines, including head coaches Doug Wilson and Jimmy Carden, for pushing him to be the best that he can be.
Wilson called Sparks "one of our main leaders on defense" for the last three years and is proud of any East Webster athlete who takes their talents to the next level.
With Sparks going to a school that has already reached the top in football, it was even more special for Wilson to be sending a Wolverine down to Scooba.
"We know the quality program they have from year to year, being champions last year, so he's going to a great program," Wilson said. "We're excited to see how he can do at the next level."
In signing a letter of commitment, EMCC president Dr. Ricky Young said Sparks has been invited to be a part of the team "based on his ability."
Young doesn't think Sparks will have any problem adapting to the Lions.
"Based on what I know and what we know, he's one of the best," Young said. "I feel like he will do extremely well."
Webster County is home to Young so he jumped at the chance to be able to witness Sparks' signing in person.
"East Webster has grown into one of the strongest programs in the state so the athletes coming from this program are first class," Young said.
Young is glad to see that recruiting has opened up to include all parts of the state and not a restricted area.
On the football field, Sparks developed a reputation of being a strong defensive end for the Wolverines. He also added the additional responsibility of being the long snapper in 2011 and played multiple positions on offense.
"I gave it everything I had all the time," Sparks said. "Wherever they needed me, that's where I was. If they needed me to run the football, I would run the ball. I did anything I had to."
Sparks had 72 total tackles for East Webster last season, an average of 6.5 tackles per game. He had six sacks and one fumble recovery.
"He always seemed to play with an attitude, practiced with an attitude and was a good one to have on the field," Wilson said.View more articles in: