Jackson Academy seniors (from back, left) Trent Tyre, John Raines Jr., and Sam Ciaccio indicated their intent to play college sports at a signing ceremony held on February 7 in the Learning Commons. In attendance were family, coaches, friends, and their Alpha and Omega buddies (from front, left) Lewis Garrard, Cash Dickson, and Graham Adams.
Trent Tyre of Madison committed to join the football team at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi, this fall. Trent earned recognition as an All-Conference defensive end in the 2016-2017 season. He was awarded Defensive Player of the Year in 4A-Division 1 for the 2017-2018 season. Trent has also won the accolade of All-State Defensive Player of the Year. Trent has played football since he was 7 years old.
John Raines Jr.
John Raines Jr. of Ridgeland will join the University of Mississippi’s football team as a preferred walk-on this fall. John is ranked as the No. 8 long snapper in the nation. During his three years of high school football he performed all perfect snaps, with four game-winning field goal snaps. John is one of 18 five-star rated long snappers in the class of 2018 and one of 10 semifinalists for top long snapper in the nation.
Sam Ciaccio of Madison has committed to play baseball at Mississippi College. Sam is a six-time Clarion-Ledger Player of the Week nominee. During the 2016-2017 season he served as the Jackson Academy Raiders team captain. Sam was named to the second All-Conference Team. He is a left-handed pitcher and first baseman. He has played baseball for 12 years.