After two years at the helm of the Booker T. Washington football program, Winston Delane wanted to take a step back but continue to coach at the small Memphis school.
So Delane will be the quarterbacks coach and former BTW player Aubrey Phillips who coached the Warriors offensive and defensive lines last season will take over as head coach.
Phillips, 29 played and graduated from Auburn and is excited about coaching his alma mater.
“I’m excited about taking over at BTW with Coach Delane’s help, when I was in high school the team motto was “One Team One Goal” and that’s what I have been telling the players this offseason,” Phillips said.
In Delane’s two seasons as Warriors boss, BTW was 3-17 after going 1-9 last season and they will enter the 2019 season on a seven game losing streak.
The last playoff appearance for BTW was in 2016 and the last winning record was a 7-4 record back in 2011.
Since the end of the 2018 season, it has been a busy offseason as Booker T. Washington is the 80th coaching change of the year.
The commitments continue to come hot and heavy as five more in state athletes announced their commitments recently.
*Greeneville offensive guard Chris Everhart announced his commitment to Marshall over the weekend.
Everhart (6-3, 305) chose the Thundering Herd over Charlotte, MTSU, Navy, Western Kentucky, ETSU, Richmond and Chattanooga.
He is the third Greene Devil to commit this summer joining long snapper Will Albright (Tennessee) and linebacker Ty Youngblood (Furman).
Everhart is also the second Knoxville area commitment for Marshall joining Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Chancellor Bright.
“Chris has liked Marshall from the get go. They were the first to offer him and he had lots more to choose from after that,” Greeneville coach Dan Hammonds said. “Chris did a good job of weighing his options and felt comfortable with Marshall through the entire process and Marshall is getting a great football player that knows how the game is supposed to be played.”
*Summit linebacker Jaylen Herrud chose the Naval Academy over offers from Western Illinois, Southeast Missouri State and Tennessee State
During his junior year, Herrud (6-3, 220) recorded 96 total tackles including 15 tackles for a loss while also adding three sacks as well.
Herrud is the second instate commitment for Navy as he joins Meigs County quarterback Aaron Swafford who committed earlier this summer.
“We are extremely proud of Jaylen as he has worked very hard to get to where he is now,” Summit coach Brian Coleman said.
“He has emerged as a leader on our team. We are happy for Jaylen and his family and also are thankful that Navy is giving him this opportunity.”
*Ravenwood players continue to commit as linebacker Jordan Smith has committed to Richmond.
Smith (6-1, 220) is the sixth Raptor to commit this offseason as he joins teammates Graham Barton (Duke), Luke Shouse (Ole Miss), Andrew Mason (Rice), Gabriel Sleenhof (Yale) and Luke Akers (UCLA).
“Jordan is a blue collar football player; he’s a hard-nosed, lead by example kid. With that, he brings an understanding of the game that makes him a complete football player. Richmond is a great fit for continuing his academic and athletic career,” Ravenwood coach Matt Daniels said.
Smith made 64 tackles including seven tackles for a loss while intercepting three passes as the Raptors made the Class 6A Semifinals.
He is also the second Midstate player to commit to Richmond joining Pope John Paul II linebacker Brooks Heagarty.
*Kirby quarterback Draylen Ellis has committed to Austin Peay over offers from Alabama A&M, Campbell, Jacksonville State, Texas Southern, Western Illinois and UT Martin.
He is the second Cougar to commit this summer joining defensive end Corbet Mims who verbaled with Arkansas State.
“He’s a young man who showed patience and poise sitting behind the top rated quarterback in Tennessee last year,” Kirby coach Chester Flowers said. “Draylen could have started for any other school in the state last season, he’s that good. However, he chose to wait his turn and learn all he could.”
*According to East Nashville coach Brian Waite, Eastern Illinois got a steal as East Nashville defensive back Lester Shaw pledged to sign with the Panthers.
“Eastern Illinois just got a real steal in Lester Shaw, he is one of the better athletes I’ve coached here at East Nashville,” Waite said.
“The kid has tremendous ball skills and is a fierce competitor and I am saying it now, he will set records at EIU. Lester has the potential to play on Sundays and I am truly proud of him and his decision.”
Shaw (6-1, 180) chose the Panthers over offers from Alabama A&M, Austin Peay, North Alabama and UT-Martin.
He is the second Eagle to commit this summer as he joins teammate Tyler Fletcher who committed to Western Michigan earlier this year.
So far the following 59 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), 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), 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), Whitehaven linebacker Martavius French (Arkansas), 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 Pray), Summit linebacker Jaylen Herrud (Navy), Ravenwood linebacker Jordan Smith and East Nashville safety Lester Shaw (Eastern Illinois).
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