Lafayette Christian Academy will send two more players to the next level of football next season, as both Jeremy Joseph and Joshua Brister have signed on to play college football.
Joseph will play at Hiram College, a Division III school in Ohio, while Brister will attend Pearl River Community College.
Lafayette Christian coach Derek Landry said having players advance to the next level has helped his program grow in the three years he has been the head coach of the Knights.
“It’s done huge amounts for our program in terms of getting younger kids out to play,” Landry said. “The kids are excited because all these college coaches are on campus and they recognize the logos.
“We’ve got four kids playing college football from a single A program in two years.”
Brister has the opportunity to advance to Mississippi State after his time at Pearl River.
Due to injury, Brister’s recruiting process didn’t start until late in the cycle, but the Bulldogs were interested in what they saw and wanted to give Brister the chance to make their squad after this season.
“Mississippi State is interested in him. They didn’t come around until late on, so it’s really a timing thing,” Landry said. “They got us hooked up with Pearl River with the intention that if (Brister) can live up to his potential they’ll be able to offer him next season.”
The Bulldogs have one player on their roster, redshirt freshman Chase Jones, who played at Pearl River last season.
While Brister is staying close to home, Joseph is traveling more than 1,000 miles away from home to play for the Terriers.
“It gets cold up there and I’ve never seen snow before,” Joseph laughed. “But I talked to some people and they told me you get used to it.”
Joseph chose Hiram after the coaching staff flew him up to campus for a visit with his mother.
He said the coaching staff made him feel like part of a family, something he wanted in his college team after his experience at LCA. He signed before he left.
“It was a big part of why I decided to go there,” Joseph said. “I’ve got the Knights in my blood, but I think I can make room for the Terriers.”
Landry said the work Joseph did in the classroom to earn his scholarship was even more impressive than anything he accomplished on the football field.
When Landry was first hired, Joseph didn’t quite have the grades to play for a college program, but through two years of hard work earned his opportunity.
“He got a large scholarship offer, and he comes from a family that might not be able to afford to send him to this school without that,” Landry said. “He worked for it and deserves the opportunity. I’m extremely happy for him.”