Clifton Davis who resigned as the head coach at Whites Creek before Christmas has been hired to help on the offensive side at Hillwood.
“We are super excited to have Clifton Davis to join our school and football staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help our boys on the team and the students in the building. More than anything coach Davis is a quality person and one that We are excited to have at Hillwood,” Hillwood coach Tom Moore.
Davis led Whites Creek to a Class 3A playoff appearance in 2018 and the Cobras missed the playoffs last season with a record of 3-7.
“I am excited about the next chapter. I believe Hillwood is a place that can ascend to new heights and we have an excellent staff that I am looking forward to working with,” Davis said. Great things are yet to come including a brand new school really soon and I’m ready to get started.”
Hillwood is coming off a 4-6 season and just missed the Class 5A playoffs four straight seasons (2017 and 2018 in 5A, 2015 and 2016 in 4A).
The Whites Creek job is still open as they will be looking for their fourth head coach since 2015 and the Cobra football program has a record of 18-83 since 2010.
Before coming to Whites Creek, Davis was the head coach at West Junior high school in Arkansas where he led the Blue Imps program to an 11-2 record in 2017.
He was also the head coach at Canyon State Academy (AZ), Coahoma Agricultural (MS) and two middle schools in Fairview Middle School in Memphis and West Junior high school in West Memphis, Arkansas.
Evan Jones won’t have far to go to play college football.
Jones (6-6, 250) a dual threat tight end/defensive end has committed to Tennessee Tech.
“Evan is great kid, hard worker and has a high upside with his football abilities and we used him at different positions, he played a lot in the backfield as a sniffer as well as tight end,” DeKalb County coach Steve Trapp said.
“He does a good job being a main blocker at the point of attack for us from the backfield or at the line of scrimmage and he starts at defensive end as well but Tennessee Tech really likes him at tight end.”
While playing tight end, Jones caught 18 passes for 142 yards and scored two touchdowns for the Tigers in 2019.
He also chose Tech over other interest from Chattanooga as well.
Ravenwood LB Colson Heading North to Play at Michigan
Ravenwood linebacker Junior Colson is heading to Ann Arbor to play his college football.
Colson (6-2, 228) becomes Michigan’s 14th commit in the Class of 2021 and picked the Wolverines over other finalists in Tennessee, LSU, Ole Miss and Oregon as he had 34 total offers.
“Very excited for Junior and his family. He is an incredibly versatile and athletic defender. He seems to fit Michigan’s profile as a hybrid linebacker with a wide skill set. He’s coming into his own as a young man and leader. He’s just a really genuine kid and we’re so excited to watch him continue to grow his senior year as a Raptor,” Ravenwood coach Matt Daniels said.
He helped Ravenwood to a Class 6A runner up finish as he had 133 tackles including 19 for loss, 11.5 sacks, intercepted two passes and forced two fumbles in his junior season.
Colson joins Ravenwood teammate in tight end Jake Briningstool as a 2021 commitment as he committed to Clemson.
Memphis Nabs Two Local Defensive Prospects
First year Memphis football coach Ryan Silverfield is getting defensive with his first recruiting class.
Four of the six Class of 2021 Tiger commitments are on the defensive side including two local homegrown talents in Ridgeway safety Brandon Warner and White Station defensive back Greg Rubin.
*Warner (6-0, 180) committed to the Tigers over other offers from Arkansas Pine Bluff, Austin Peay, Charlotte, Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, Missouri State, Southern Miss, Tulsa, Wake Forest and Western Carolina.
In a hamstring injury riddled season of 2019, Warner made 39 tackles, including for a loss and intercepted one pass for the Roadrunners.
“Brandon is a great student athlete. He is everything a coach wants in a player. He makes great grades in school, all A’s. He is a lead by example player in the weight room and on the field. He is a quiet person by nature but he unleashes the beast in him when he steps on that field.
He is hard hitting and sure tackler, and very rangy on the back end with the ability to flow sideline to sideline with ease. He is a good get for the Tigers,” Ridgeway coach Duron Sutton said.
*Rubin (6-0, 180) like Warner chose Memphis over a variety of offers that included Arkansas Pine Bluff, Austin Peay, Campbell, Duke, Eastern Kentucky, Liberty, LSU, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Tennessee State, Texas Southern, Tulane, UT-Martin and Vanderbilt.
Rubin intercepted three passes in 2019 as the Spartans made the Class 6A playoffs.
“Im very excited for Greg and for Memphis as well. The Tigers are getting a hard working and fierce competitor, who is not only a good football player but a great student as well. Greg has the tools to be a lock down corner, and will bring athleticism and intelligence to the Tigers’ defensive back group. I could see him contributing early, whether it be on defense or special teams,” White Station coach Reid Yarbrough said.
Colson, Jones, Rubin and Warner join the following 11 players who have already committed in the Class of 2021 they are: Pope John Paul II running back Antwan Roberts (Wisconsin), The King’s Academy offensive lineman J’Marion Gooch (Auburn), Father Ryan Quarterback D.C. Tabscott (Appalachian State), Alcoa defensive end Grey Carroll (Georgia Tech), Brentwood wide receiver Walker Merrill (Tennessee), Ravenwood tight end Jake Briningstool (Clemson), Ensworth safety Andre Turrentine (Ohio State), Brentwood Academy offensive lineman Eli Sutton (North Carolina), Cane Ridge wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (Ole Miss), Baylor running back Elijah Howard (Tennessee) and MUS tight end Gavin McKay (Missouri).
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