By Austin Bishop
The Winston County Journal
A pair of Louisville Wildcats will be moving from the roster of the MHSAA Class 3A State Championship team to that of the defending NJCAA National Champions.
LHS quarterback Wyatt Roberts and wide receiver Desmond Goss — who have combined for a ton of yards and touchdowns during their high school careers — both signed to play football for East Mississippi Community College next season.
While they are recognized as being among the best high school players at their positions in Mississippi, they both know that competition will be fierce at EMCC — which has won the National Championship two of the past three seasons.
“I’m very excited,” said Goss, who played in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star game at the conclusion of the regular season. “I know that if you want to be the best you have to compete with the best and they put guys out there and get the job done. They are going to make me better and that’s what I need. “
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Goss hauled in 59 passes for 1,088 yards and 18 touchdowns for the 16-0 Wildcats last season, leading LHS in all three categories.
Goss said the location of the school and the success on the field had a lot to do with his decision.
“It was close to home and when I got there on campus it felt like home. Me, my mom and my dad sat down and talked about it and she said if that’s the best thing for me then I should go.”
Goss said he was a little surprised that Roberts signed with EMCC as well, but was happy that they both will be playing together for the Lions.
“It shocked me because I thought he was going to go D-I,” Goss said. “We will get to experience more playing time together. It’s going to be good.”
Roberts had originally committed to play for Jacksonville (Ala.) State, but when the Gamecocks head coach took the job at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, Roberts decided to re-open his recruiting.
It didn’t take him long to focus on EMCC. Roberts knows that the Lions have already signed two other top-notch quarterbacks, but he says that’s just fine with him.
“I like the competition,” Roberts said. “They have some great guys coming in and had a great signing class. I’m looking forward to it. It’s gong to be a good group of guys to compete with.
“We are going to report at the end of May and go through a good summer of 7-on-7 and I will know where I’m standing by the first game,” he said. “I am going to have to put in a lot of hard work, so it’s going to be good.”
Roberts said the offensive philosophy at EMCC is similar to what he has been a part of as a starting quarterback for the last four years at Louisville.
“You have a bunch of playmakers at wide receiver,” he said. “You just get it out quick and and let them make the plays.
I am super happy,” he said. “The Lord blessed me with this opportunity and I’m going to make the best of it.”
As a senior at LHS, Roberts hit on 191-of-342 passes for 2,995 yards and 38 touchdowns, while only throwing five interceptions. He was also the starting quarterback for Mississippi in the Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic played in Montgomery in December.