Valley Preps

Handful of area football players make commitments over the weekend

David Mitchell

A handful of area football players made commitments to Division-I schools over the weekend, including one who is headed to the SEC.

Central wide receiver Jamal Couch, who de-committed from Florida State in December, committed on Sunday to Mississippi State, he announced via his Twitter account. He chose the Bulldogs over offers from Alabama, Florida and Georgia, among a host of others.

Couch played wide receiver in high school, but is listed as an athlete by 247Sports because of the possibility of moving to defense at the next level. He is a consensus three-star recruit and is listed at 6-foot-5 and 217 pounds. Couch had six receiving and one rushing touchdown this season.

Central teammate Toron Morten also made a commitment, his coming on Saturday to Tennessee Tech of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Morten had a handful of other Division-I offers, but selected the Ohio Valley Conference school after a recent visit. Morten is projected at inside linebacker and is listed at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds.

Morten finished the season with 92 total tackles, 15 for loss, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries.

Pacelli’s Ben Davis also committed over the weekend, choosing Davidson of the Pioneer Football League in the FCS. Davis was the 2014 All-Bi-City defensive player of the year for classes A-AAA and was a first-team selection in 2015 after posting 99 tackles and an interception on defense, and 947 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing on offense.