Riverside Academy sees talented class take talents to college

Published 12:04 am Saturday, February 10, 2018

Riverside Academy defensive end and outside linebacker Le’Boe Bridges prayed to God for guidance to make the best decision.

“I love everything about football,” Bridges said. “There’s competitiveness to it, and I never wanted to be like anybody else. I want to be myself.”

Wednesday afternoon, Bridges was one of five Riverside Academy athletes to make commitments on National Football Signing Day.

Le’Boe Bridges and Jeremy Gibson have bright futures ahead of them.

Coach Chris Lachney said Bridges, who signed with Trinity Valley Community College, is one of the most talented players he’s ever had a chance to coach.

Lachney shared similar thoughts about running back Jeremy Gibson, who had a tumultuous couple of months with SEC offers falling through after an injury.

Gibson will play at Southwest Mississippi Community College, and Lachney suspects greater opportunities wait for him just around the corner.

A display is set up for Jeremiah Bigham.

Wide receiver Jalen Banks is taking a different path, having signed on to play football at the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point.

Lachney said it is one of the most prestigious appointments any American could hope to achieve, and it’s a testament to Banks’ leadership on and off of the field.

Quarterback Jordan Loving committed to becoming a Louisiana State University Tiger, an achievement that comes as no surprise given his top-tier performance throughout high school.

Wide receiver Jeremiah Bigham signed with Lindenwood University – Belleview football team, an indicator of pure athleticism and talent given his two years of experience on the high school football field.