Although ETSU don’t have a ton of commitments for the 2020 class, the Buccaneers are finding recruiting success in the Volunteer State.
ETSU got commitments from Powell defensive end Colton Webb and Summit wide receiver George Odimegwu.
*Webb (6-4, 270) committed to ETSU over Wofford and Jacksonville State and has already made several unofficial visits to the ETSU campus.
“Colton and ETSU are perfect for each other because Colton loved the campus from the first visit and was just waiting on the offer from them,” Powell coach Matt Lowe said.
“He is one of the best defensive linemen I have ever coached because he has good fundamentals and has a mean streak a mile long.”
So far through 10 games this season, Webb has 80 tackles, seven sacks, 22 tackles for loss and has forced three fumbles for the Panthers who are undefeated.
*Odimegwu (5-11, 175) chose ETSU over offers from Western Kentucky, Illinois State, UT-Martin, Austin Peay, Howard and Wofford.
Odimegwu was the Spartans leading rusher the previous two seasons (1,280 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in 2017 and 1,023 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018) but changed positions this offseason going from running back to wide receiver as the team changed offenses going from the wing T to a more spread type look.
This season Odimegwu has caught 21 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 174 yards and two more touchdowns as the Spartans are 8-2 and will travel to Gallatin (9-1) in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs.
“We are so proud of George for so many reasons both on the field and off as he was our leading rusher the past two seasons and was asked this year to play a slot receiver and to play safety on defense and has excelled at both positions,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said.
“Off the field George has also excelled. He has raised his ACT score and has taken a tougher class load his senior year in order to prepare him for college and needless to say we are so proud of George as he is a great role model to all our student athletes.”
Webb and Odimegwu join Tennessee High tight end Nolan Wishon as instate commitments for the Buccaneers in the 2020 Class.
McCallie’s Hardy Commits to Auburn
McCallie defensive end Jay Hardy surrounded by his family committed to Auburn in an commitment ceremony Wednesday morning at the private Chattanooga high school
Hardy (6-4, 290) chose the Tigers over his other four finalists in Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Florida and Georgia as he had 38 total offers.
He becomes Auburn’s 19th commitment in the Class of 2020 and is the second McCallie player to announce his commitment joining teammate Deangelo Hardy who is committed to Kennesaw State.
In eight games this season, Hardy has 20 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks and four pass breakups as the Blue Tornado (8-2) have a bye this week and will host Christian Brothers (6-4) in the Division II-AAA Quarterfinals next Friday.
“Jay is extremely talented with loads of upside potential and his best days are ahead of him,” McCallie coach Ralph Potter said.
Shelbyville DT Smith III Pledges to Duke
*Shelbyville defensive tackle Gary Smith III committed to Duke over Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Florida State who were his final five schools.
Duke continues their recruiting success in Tennessee as he is the fourth 2020 instate commitment joining Ravenwood offensive lineman Graham Barton, Mt. Juliet wide receiver Malik Bowen and Cane Ridge defensive tackle Michael Reese.
“Gary’s an unbelievable player and a unbelievable person. One of the hardest workers I’ve ever coached and obviously the most talented. Has such a great combination of talent and work ethic. Works hard everywhere, weight room, classroom, practice field, game field. We are so proud of him and we can’t wait to see what he does at the next level,” Shelbyville coach Justin Palmer said.
Smith has made 70 tackles including 14.5 tackles for loss, has forced a fumble and two fumble recoveries while also making 34 pancake blocks and hasn’t allowed a sack playing on the offensive line.
So far the following 79 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), Cocke County 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), 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), Kirby defensive end Corbet Mims (Arkansas State), Nolensville linebacker C.J. Ware (Miami, OH), Goodpasture wide receiver Vincent Hamer (SE Missouri St), Ravenwood offensive tackle Gabriel Sleenhof (Yale), JP II linebacker Brooks Heagarty (Richmond), JP II wide receiver Rory White (Air Force), Haywood wide receiver Darion Williamson (Tennessee), Knoxville West linebacker Drew Francis (Arkansas), Knoxville West defensive end Tyrece Edwards (Arkansas), DeKalb County offensive lineman Issac Cross (Tennessee Tech), Ravenwood kicker Luke Akers (UCLA), Blackman linebacker Keionte Newson (Texas San Antonio), Maryville quarterback Cade Chambers (Indiana State), BGA defensive back Briston Bennett (Charlotte), Kirby linebacker Tamarious Brown (UAB), Greenback defensive end Derrell Bailey (Virginia Tech), Briarcrest athlete Jabari Small (Ole Miss), Greeneville offensive guard Chris Everhart (Marshall), Kirby quarterback Draylen Ellis (Austin Peay), Summit linebacker Jaylen Herrud (Navy), Ravenwood linebacker Jordan Smith (Richmond), East Nashville safety Lester Shaw (Eastern Illinois), Baylor linebacker Noah Martin (Samford), Dickson County defensive tackle Tre’vonn Rybka (Kentucky), Loretto offensive lineman Zach Brown (Samford), Friendship Christian defensive tackle Ryan Jackson (Eastern Kentucky), MBA offensive lineman Ned Freeland (Penn), Baylor defensive lineman Seth Johnson (Furman), St. George’s wide receiver Issac Smith (Wisconsin), Briarcrest defensive back Reggie Neely (Tulane), Knox. Catholic offensive lineman Bryce Nicely (Jacksonville State), Daniel Boone running back Charlie Cole (Army), Fairley running back Terry Wilkins (MTSU), Cleveland wide receiver Robert Flowers (Samford), Whitehaven linebacker Bryson Eason (Tennessee), Whitehaven linebacker Tamarious McDonald (Tennessee) and Whitehaven linebacker Martavius French (Tennessee), Blackman defensive back Daj’eun Gibson (Charlotte), East Hamilton kicker Alen Karajic (Jacksonville State), Powell defensive end Colton Webb (ETSU), Shelbyville defensive lineman Gary Smith III (Duke), Summit wide receiver George Odimegwu (ETSU) and McCallie defensive end Jay Hardy (Auburn)
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