Louisiana College was first to get on board but it only took the University of Arkansas – Monticello just a few more days to fall in line. Both have offered JHHS senior receiver / defensive back, DeVontae Mozee, a scholarship to continue his football career at the next level.
Mozee who also competes in basketball and track for the Tigers burst onto the season last fall after showing big play capability from his wideout position where he caught 8 passes for 193 yards (24.13 yards per catch) and four scores in seven games. Season highlights included a 58 yard touchdown reception against Class 4A Huntington and a team leading 89 receiving yards in the Class 2A playoff game against Kentwood. What caught the eye of the coaches from both universities though were his performances at their summer camps this past week.
“I am happy for DeVontae that his performance at these summer camps got noticed. He was a good player for us last year and has really worked hard this past spring and summer,” said JHHS head football coach Terrance Blankenship. “We are expecting great things from him this fall and I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of next season there are several more colleges that are going to want his services.”
Summer campers: Mozee isn’t the only Tiger who has been putting extra time in this summer. Since May 29th several Tigers have gone “camping” as evidenced by the list below:
LSU Camp (May 29th) – LaJavion Nichols, Dominick Strickland
Louisiana College Camp (June 12th) – Mozee, Justin Calahan, Javeon Andrews, JaMarriyea Lewis
U of A-Monticello Camp (June 17th) – Mozee, Tydre Malone, Josh Tatum, Chase Leonard
La Tech Camp (June 20) – Mozee, Malone, Nichols, Leonard, Omarrion Jackson
Tigers compete in 7 on 7 games: Blankenship and staff got a good look at their offensive and defensive playmakers on June 13th when they ventured to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. JHHS split the four games they played beating Red River and Logansport and losing to Class 3A Mansfield and Class 6A Hebron High out of Texas.
“It was a good experience for the guys to get a chance to work together again in somewhat of a game environment,” said Blankenship. “There are several areas that we need to improve on but we proved we could move the ball through the air against some good teams.”
Game scheduled for Tuesday at Ruston High: JHHS will continue to play 7 on 7 games on June 22nd and again on the 29th at Ruston High against several top teams from north Louisiana. Games will run from 1:00pm – 3:00pm and the public is invited to attend.