The Holmes Community College Bulldogs had seven players sign today with four-year schools including Colorado, Washington State, Arkansas-Monticello, West Alabama and Henderson State.
Sophomores Sean Harper, Orrin Walsh, Anthony Walker, Tyler Staples, Desmond Lester and Tyler Barnes will have two years to play while redshirt freshman Dante Wigley will have three. Harper, a cornerback from Hartwell, Ga., will play for Washington State, Wigley, a cornerback from Carrollton, Ga. will play at Colorado, Lester, a defensive lineman from Batesville, will play at West Alabama while Walsh, an offensive lineman from Madison, Walker, a linebacker from Crystal Springs, Staples, a defensive back from Columbus, will play at Arkansas-Monticello; and Barnes, an offensive lineman from Starkville, will play at Henderson State.
Harper, who was named First Team All-State as a freshman and Honorable Mention All-State as a sophomore, finished his freshman year as the Bulldogs' third-leading tackler. He had three tackles for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and 10 pass breakups. As a sophomore, he had 25 tackles, one tackle for loss, two interceptions with one for a touchdown, four pass breakups and one forced fumble.
"These past two years of my life have been a wild journey," Harper said on Twitter. "But through all of this I have grown to learn that the strongest are the ones who know how to react when adversity comes. I remained humble and kept my faith in God. With that being said I want to let all my fans, friends and family members know that I decided to take my talents to Washington State University."
Wigley, who redshirted at Georgia Tech after high school, was named Honorable Mention All-State after his redshirt freshman season. Wigley finished the 2016 season with 30 tackles, three tackles for loss, six pass breakups and one forced fumble and recovery for a 66-yard touchdown.
"First I would like to thank God," Wigley said on Twitter. "I am truly blessed to be in the situation I'm in. This recruiting process has been very enjoyable this time around. I would like to thank all the schools that recruited me and to my family and friends for all their support. With that being said I am furthering my education and football career at the University of Colorado."
Walsh played along the offensive front for the Bulldogs the last two seasons. He and his fellow offensive linemen helped the Bulldogs finish second in the NJCAA in rushing with a 304.6 rushing yards per game average.
Walker played linebacker for the Bulldogs for the last two seasons. He had five tackles as a freshman and 26 tackles this season including two tackles for loss and one sack.
Staples played in the defensive backfield the last two seasons. As a freshman, he had 12 tackles including five pass breakups. As a sophomore, he had 11 tackles including one tackle for loss and four pass breakups.
Lester, who played his freshman season at East Mississippi, had an outstanding year for the Bulldogs this season finishing with 43 tackles including 7.5 tackles for loss, five sacks and two fumble recoveries. He was named Defensive MVP in the Bulldogs' 28-21 Graphic Edge Bowl victory after finishing with eight tackles including a sack, four tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.
Walsh, who played offensive line for two seasons at Holmes, helped the Bulldogs stay near the top in rushing the last two seasons. Walsh was named Second Team All-State following his sophomore season.