Delmond Landry returned to Ascension Catholic on Wednesday morning—a place where he put in countless hours of hard work that culminated in one of the great football careers the program has ever seen.

Delmond Landry returned to Ascension Catholic on Wednesday morning—a place where he put in countless hours of hard work that culminated in one of the great football careers the program has ever seen.

All of that diligence and success led to him joining his family, friends, former coaches and teammates and all the current Bulldog students to officially sign his letters of intent to play football at Southern Miss.

There to celebrate in his accomplishment was Landry’s old head coach Doug Moreau—who retired two years ago after coaching the Bulldogs for three seasons.

“I couldn’t be prouder of a person than I am for Delmond,” Moreau said. “When Delmond left here, he went to Southwest Mississippi. He knew no one. He had no car. He went over there and made a life for himself. He went over there, sucked it up and got the job done. And the main thing is that yesterday, he graduated. So, now, he takes his services to Southern Mississippi to finish off the degree and use football as a vehicle to pay for that.”

What a great athletic journey it has been for Landry.

He had a phenomenal senior season at Ascension Catholic in 2014. En route to being named District 8-1A MVP, Landry collected 73 tackles and an amazing 21 sacks.

He had many scholarship offers. Originally, he committed to UL-Lafayette, but ultimately, he ended up at Southwest Mississippi Community College.

Landry’s talent was obvious as he wasted no time breaking into the stating lineup. This past season, he played defensive tackle and finished the year with 44 tackles and a sack.

“Junior college really makes you a man because you go through so much stuff with football and off of the football field as well, so it really makes you grow up,” Landry said.

Now, with his graduation, he is all set to play at Southern Miss. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

“It feels like home. It felt like family out there,” Landry said. “I love the coaching staff, and I love the environment of Hattiesburg, and they’ve got a great fan base there.”

Coach Moreau said that Landry is a great example of what student-athletes should be—hard workers on the field and in the classroom.

He had one simple message for the current Ascension Catholic athletes in attendance.

“Take care of your books first,” Moreau said. “That’s something that Delmond learned the hard way, but now, it’s no problem. It comes with maturity. Take care of your book work first. That’s the most important thing—not athletics. Ask Delmond now, and he’ll tell you that because he has a future—no matter what happens athletically.”

The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Landry has always been a force on the defensive line, but he said that it’s not just his size that will help him at the next level.

“I think that I’m a smart player, and that really helps me on the field,” Landry said. “Sometimes, it’s not just physical. Sometimes, you have to try to outsmart the player you’re going up against.”