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Cheatham County has new head football coach

Cheatham County has new head football coach

After four playoff appearances in his four seasons as head coach at Cheatham County, Eric Hatley has resigned as head football coach and will coach linebackers as an assistant at Franklin high school.

“We are excited to be able to add a coach the caliber of Coach Hatley to our coaching staff,” Franklin head coach Donnie Webb said.

Cheatham County did not waste any time and has named Dwayne Daniel as the interim head coach for the 2019 season.

“A big goal of mine is player development. You can’t always be bigger and stronger than your opponent. So you have to be smarter and have a better understanding to make adjustments to be able to compete,” Daniel said.

Under Hatley, the Cubs made four consecutive Class 3A playoff appearances and Cheatham County had a 19-25 overall record in his four seasons there.

The Cubs are coming off a 4-7 record in 2018 as they lost to Pearl Cohn in the Class 3A first round.

The best season under Hatley came in 2017 as they finished the year 7-4.

“I am proud of our time at Cheatham. I am proud of the hard work those boys put in over the last four years and the improvements they made in the program. I am thankful for the opportunity Cheatham County gave me to be a head Football Coach and thankful for the experiences that opportunity provided. There are a lot of great people there at Cheatham Central that I was lucky enough to work with and I am going to miss them all,” Hatley said.

Daniel will serve as his own defensive coordinator this season and has been on Cheatham County staff and coaching defensive backs and wide receivers since 2016.

He started his coaching career in 2006 as he spent seven years at Dickson Middle school coaching defensive backs and wide receivers.

Daniel then moved over to Creek Wood high school and was an assistant there for three years (2013-15) before coming to Cheatham County.

Since the end of the 2018 season, it has been a busy offseason as Cheatham County is the 78th coaching change of the year and you can read every coaching change on the website.


Youngblood, Nelson and Mims Commit
Now that the dead period is over and schools are back working hard and doing 7 on 7 events, commitments are still coming hot and heavy.

Over the last couple of weeks, three players have committed so here’s a quick update.

*Greeneville senior linebacker Ty Youngblood committed to Furman during the second week of the dead period.

Youngblood (6-0, 210) made a team high 113 tackles in 2018 to help the Greene Devils win their second consecutive Class 4A state title as he picked Furman over an offer from Army.

“Ty Youngblood and Furman seem to be a great match for each other. The coaches personalities and Ty’s seem to go hand in hand,” first year Greeneville coach Dan Hammonds said.

“I’m looking forward to seeing great things from Ty at Furman but also looking to see what he can do in his senior season for the Greene Devils.”

*MUS defensive back Devonte Nelson is staying at home and has committed to the hometown Memphis Tigers.

Nelson is the second in state commitment for the Tigers joining Alcoa offensive lineman Brackston Alford.

Nelson (5-11, 180) chose Memphis over offers from Arkansas, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Southern Miss, Tennessee and Wake Forest.

“We are excited that Devonte has proven worthy of the confidence Coach Norvell has shown in him and that all the hard work Devonte has put in is being rewarded,” MUS coach Bobby Alston said.

Last season, Nelson made 41 tackles, intercepted one pass and had 13 pass deflections as the Owls finished 11-1 and was the Division II-AAA runner up to Brentwood Academy.

*Kirby defensive end Corbet Mims has become the sixth Class of 2020 commitment for Arkansas State.

Mims (6-4, 235) chose the Red Wolves over offers from Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, MTSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Tulane, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.

“Arkansas State was Corbet’s first offer after his sophomore season. They were relentless in their recruiting efforts and never waivered as the big Power 5 offers started to add up. They have a very detailed and specific plan on how they want to use his abilities and talents and Corbet is intrigued. Not to mention, ASU has done a great job of preparing defensive linemen for the NFL,” Kirby head coach Chester Flowers said.

So far the following 39 players who have already committed in the Class of 2020 they are: Knoxville Catholic offensive guard Bryn Tucker (Clemson), Mt. Juliet wide receiver Malik Bowen (Duke), Ravenwood offensive guard Graham Barton (Duke), Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Chancellor Bright (Marshall), Farragut defensive end Stiles Moore (Western Michigan), Independence linebacker Chase Robertson (Princeton), Greeneville long snapper Will Albright (Tennessee), Meigs County quarterback Aaron Swafford (Navy), White Station offensive tackle Ray Curry Jr. (Missouri), Whitehaven linebacker Tamarious McDonald (Mississippi State), Maryville wide receiver Ashton Maples (Liberty), Maryville linebacker Mason Shelton (Coastal Carolina), Nolensville safety Tim Coutras (Liberty), Collierville defensive tackle Jared Dawson (Louisville), Ravenwood offensive lineman Luke Shouse (Ole Miss), Ensworth tight end Austin Henderson (Minnesota), Tennessee High tight end Nolan Wishon (ETSU), Nashville Overton offensive tackle Chris Washington (Miami, FL), BGA defensive back Garnett Hollis (Northwestern), Knoxville Catholic center Cooper Mays (Tennessee), Cane Ridge defensive tackle Michael Reese (Duke), Tyner wide receiver Jeremiah Baptiste (Miami, OH), BGA wide receiver Antonio Stevens (Purdue), South Doyle running back Elijah Young (Missouri), Ravenwood wide receiver Andrew Mason (Rice), Peabody athlete Jarel Dickson (Army), Ensworth safety Keshawn Lawrence (Tennessee), BGA quarterback Nick Semptimpheter (Bucknell), Trinity Christian athlete Kevin Davis (Miami, OH), Smyrna defensive tackle Dallas Walker (Texas A&M), East Nashville linebacker Tyler Fletcher (Western Michigan), McCallie athlete Deangelo Hardy (Kennesaw State), Oakland defensive back De’Arre McDonald (Ole Miss), Alcoa offensive tackle Brackston Alford (Memphis), Pearl Cohn long snapper Wesley Schelling (Vanderbilt), Maryville running back Tee Hodge (Tennessee), Greeneville linebacker Ty Youngblood (Furman), MUS defensive back Devonte Nelson (Memphis) and Kirby defensive end Corbet Mims (Arkansas State).

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