"I sat down with my family and talked things over before I committed to Southern Miss
," said Franklinton wide receiver Chris Briggs
, who helped the Demons capture the Louisiana Class 4A state title two months ago. "It was a hard, tough, process and it came down to Southern Miss and Minnesota
"Southern Miss was the better option for me. Their coaching staff has been there awhile and they've had lots of success with tall, lanky receivers (Briggs is in the 6-foot-4 to 6-foot-5 range). I couldn't pass that up. I'm looking forward to coming in and applying myself, and I'm also looking forward to playing with (Franklinton grad) Jhyryn Taylor. He originally signed with LSU before transferring to a junior college. He's going to be at Southern Miss and it's always nice to have someone there that you know."
Briggs, who led his team in receiving, helped the Demons to a 14-1 mark and a state championship win over Karr (Algiers, La.) last December. The senior caught 54 passes for 867 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2010, including at least one TD catch in 11 games.
He hauled in four scoring receptions vs. Covington and topped the 100-yard receiving mark in four contests, including a huge game (5-114, one touchdown) against the Demons' primary nemesis (Salmen High School). Franklinton's only loss was to Class 5A Abilene, Texas, in the season-opener (played in Dallas).
"This year, I was the senior receiver and it was the first time that I really had the ability and chance to make big plays," said Briggs. "I had a lot laid on my back. I knew the ball was coming to me, and I wanted to take care of business.
"In order to be successful, everyone has to pull their part and we had that - the quarterback and running backs all did their jobs. I kept God first and played my best to help Franklinton win."
Franklinton wide receiver Chris Briggs led his team to the Class 4A state championship last December, and the senior committed to Southern Miss today. Go inside to find out why Briggs chose the Golden Eagles.