Sam Maze and Jacob Daniel Strengthen MC Admissions Team
June 8, 2012
Former Mississippi College athletes Sam Maze and Jacob Daniel are now big players in the recruiting game at their alma mater.
The two Clinton residents are the newest additions to the Christian university’s office of admissions.
“I really enjoy working in admissions because it gives me a chance to showcase Mississippi College to other prospective students,” says Maze, a 2012 MC political science graduate.
A Wendy’s Heisman nominee and team captain when he played at Arab High in Arab, Alabama, Maze, 23, was a 250-pound Choctaws linebacker and defensive end during his four years at MC. He also played on special teams.
Playing for head coach Norman Joseph and his staff, Maze says he learned life’s fundamental lessons at Robinson-Hale Stadium that will serve him for years to come. Maze was a member of the potent 2009 MC team that captured the American Southwest Conference championship.
The lessons learned on the football field are paying off at his new MC staff position this summer.
“Most importantly, football teaches family values. I was blessed to play with some extraordinary men and for great coaches,” says Maze, who wore No. 35 for the Choctaws his senior year. “The pride and tradition of MC football runs deep.”
At college fairs, Maze and Daniel, a former Choctaws baseball player, are selling MC’s benefits to prospective recruits at a growing Christian university that enrolled nearly 5,300 students last fall. They will be working at a blitz of summer orientation sessions.
Daniel, 24, a 2006 Gulfport High graduate who received his bachelor’s in accounting from MC in 2011, also brings much to the table. He played baseball for two years at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston. After one semester at Arkansas Monticello University, he transferred to MC in the spring of 2009 to play baseball.
“Once I came to Mississippi College, the Lord changed my life around completely,” Daniel said. “I became a Christian while attending this school. The good news does not stop there, either. Shortly after becoming a Christian, I found my wife here, too! In a matter of a year, God had changed everything about me.”
His wife, Trisha Jones Daniel, is an MC education graduate who works as a resident director at Hederman/Gunter hall. The couple lives in an apartment inside the dormitory on the Clinton campus.
Jacob, who worked at the Pinelake church campus in Clinton following his May 2011 graduation, is sold on the merits of a Mississippi College education. He’s passionate when spreading the word.
His recruiting pitch covers everything from academics to the close-knit family atmosphere and its cornerstone as a Baptist-affiliated institution proud of its Christian heritage. “By bringing students here, we are not only giving them a leg up in the business world. We are affecting their eternity,” Jacob said.
MC’s strength as a Christian university is equally important to Maze. A farm boy from Union Grove, Alabama where his family raised beef cows, Maze says he and his sister “have been blessed to have been raised in a Christian home with two wonderful parents.” His father, David Maze is a pharmacist and his mother, Amanda, is a school teacher.
Being part of a strong admissions team is a good fit for both young men. “Once you’re at MC, and realize how good it really is, it doesn’t take long to make Mississippi College home,” Maze said.
One other successful former Choctaws athlete recently returned to her alma mater to serve as assistant women’s basketball coach. Anesia McBride succeeded former assistant Lady Choctaws coach Robin Rae Burns, who entered the business world after six seasons at MC.
A former Provine High standout where she was a Wendy’s High School Heisman nominee, McBride played for the Meridian Community College Eagles before transferring to Mississippi College where she was a two-year starter under Coach Paul Duke.
“I am really looking forward to working with Anesia,” Duke said. “She will be a great recruiter and coach on the floor.”
Photo: New admission staffers Sam Maze and Jacob Daniel