Orr Ready For Next Chapter
On National Signing day earlier this month Aberdeen receiver Jerrick Orr made it official that he would continue playing football for the defending junior college national champions. Orr is speed demon who should provide yet another weapon for Gardner Minshew and the Northwest Community Colllege Rangers.
“I have a point to prove. I want to make a name for myself early and go hard,” Orr told SES Mississippi.
Minshew returning for the Rangers was a big help in landing Orr. Also the chance to come in and compete for a spot right away. He feels his ability to catch the football exceptionally, as well as his speed will help him contribute sooner rather than later.
“I feel confident with that,” He explained.
In his final year as a Bulldog he reeled in 73 passes for 1,223 yards, nearly 17 yards per catch, and 16 touchdowns. He added another three touchdowns and 206 yards on the ground. He averaged 10.8 yards on 19 rushes with a long of 76 yards.
“I worked hard all summer for it. Just blessed that I was able to play. The hard work paid off for me this year,” He said.
Despite finishing his career with 160 receptions for nearly 3,000 yards and 32 touchdown receptions, he feels underrated. That influenced his play, he says.
“I played every Friday with a chip on my shoulder,” He said. “I felt like I was a better player and could play with the best of them.”
“I just felt underrated. I can honestly say on any level, I’m a top five receiver in Mississippi. Now I’ve just got to prove them wrong on the next level.”
Though he is now joining a championship team, he is leaving a program with great tradition as well. That tradition and history at Aberdeen is something is proud to have been a part of.
“It meant a lot getting to play under Jamerson Love and Channing Ward. It motivated me and pushed me to try and be the best ever to put a Bulldog uniform on,” Orr explained.
There’s no questioning that Orr is in fact in that conversation. His career was special and full of memorable plays and games. So what made him such a special player in high school?
“I worked hard and went hard on every play. Whether I was blocking or getting the ball my motivation was to go hard. I was trying to prove people wrong on every snap,” He said.
One game, though, sticks out to him more than the rest. It came this past season against Calhoun City when he caught three touchdowns in a minute and thirty seconds, including the game-winning score.
“There’s nothing like the fun and excitement of running out of that tunnel on Fridays. I’m going to miss it all,” He said.
He has some advice for the teammates he is leaving behind at Aberdeen, though.
“There’s going to be a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing next year,” He explained. “They will have to work hard in the morning workouts and in the summer time. Just go hard.”
Orr has lots of hard work in his future, as well. Like many Mississippi players in the MACJC, he is looking make the jump to a big time division one program after his career is complete. He hopes to make big plays as a Ranger, just like he did for Aberdeen.
“I’m ready,” Orr said.
**Photo by Brandon Speck.