Xavier Myers transferred to Oakland last month in an effort to raise his recruiting profile and to compete for a state championship at the 6A level.
After his commitment to Illinois State, the first goal has been accomplished, now Myers can turn his attention to helping the Patriots have a successful 2018 season.
“I would like to announce that I am committing to Illinois state,” Myers said via his Twitter account.
Myers (5-9, 190) chose the Redbirds over Southeast Missouri State, UT-Martin and Wofford and is the third Patriot to commit in this offseason joining defensive back Woodi Washington (Oklahoma) and defensive end Joseph Anderson (South Carolina).
“Illinois St is getting a great player and an even better person,” Oakland head coach Kevin Creasy said.
As a junior at Nashville Christian in 2017, he rushed for 2,634 yards and scored 35 touchdowns which earned him a Division II-A Mr. Football Finalist nod.
Richmond Adds Briarcrest QB
Richmond will add their fifth player from Tennessee after getting a commitment recently from Class of 2019 Briarcrest quarterback Jackson Walker.
Walker (6-2, 210) chose the Spiders over offers from Austin Peay, Cornell, Louisiana Monroe, Mercer, North Alabama, Southern Miss and UAB.
He becomes the fifth in state player on the Spiders roster joining Aaron Dykes (Hardin Valley RB, Class of 2018 ), Micah Brekenridge (White Station K, 2018 ), Joe More (CPA OL, 2018) and Jack Doherty (FRA OL, 2017).
Walker passed for 2,526 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior as the Saints finished 9-2 in 2017, for his prep career he has passed for 5,536 yards and 55 touchdowns.
Jackson has been an unbelievable ambassador for Briarcrest Football on and off the field and he is a winner,” Briarcrest coach Brian Stewart said.
“ We are so proud of this amazing opportunity to be at such a distinguished University as Richmond and Jackson was so impressed with the Campus, Coaches, and the vison not only by the football program, but the University itself.”
Razorbacks get pledge from Blackman’s Otey
New Arkansas coach Chad Morris has dipped in to the Volunteer State and has gotten a verbal commitment from Blackman athlete Adonis Otey.
Otey (5-11, 180) will play defensive back for the Razorbacks and chose Arkansas over Auburn and Louisville who were part of his final three schools.
He also received offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Alabama, LSU, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Florida State, Penn State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Michigan.
“Arkansas and Coach Chavis recruited Adonis relentlessly for a long time. Arkansas is gaining a big physical corner, that has the ability to play any position in the secondary,” Blackman coach Kit Hrtsfield said.
“He is a great competitor, and welcomes the challenge of covering the best player for the other team all night long. Not only are they getting a great player, the will be adding a leader, great teammate, and a great student that they will be able to depend on in their program.”
Yellow Jackets gets second in state commitment in Walker
Georgia Tech continues to have recruiting success in Tennessee as they have gained their second in state commitment in the Class of 2019 as Ensworth defensive back Wesley Walker committed to the Yellow Jackets.
Walker (6-0, 180) joins BGA linebacker Chico Bennett as 2019 commitments and is the ninth Tennessee player to commit to the Yellow Jackets since 2015 as Jaylon King (Ensworth DB, 2018), Dontae Smith (Spring Hill RB, 2018), Kaleb Oliver (Oakland DB, 2017), Gentry Bonds (Riverdale, 2017), Jordan Mason (Gallatin RB, 2017), Brandon Adams (Brentwood Academy DT, 2016), Nathan Cottrell (Knoxville West RB, 2015) and Brant Mitchell (Knoxville Webb LB, 2015) are all on campus.
“We are happy for Wesley and his family. Wesley has worked hard and he deserves this opportunity. I think Georgia Tech is a great fit for him academically and athletically. He plays the game of football with great energy, excitement and has excellent instincts. I’m proud to be his coach for his Senior campaign,” first year Ensworth head coach Jeremy Garrett said.
Boilermakers Strike again in Volunteer State nab commitment
Purdue is another school that has been having success in Tennessee as the Boilermakers got their second 2019 commitments from Tennessee as Independence wide receiver T.J. Sheffield has committed to Purdue.
He joins Davidson Academy running back D’Joun Hewitt as Boliermakers commitments this year and will also join Giovanni Reviere (McCallie DE, 2017) and Brycen Hopkins (Ensworth TE 2015) in West Lafayette in the future.
The last two seasons, Sheffield (5-10, 170) has been a big target in the Eagle passing game as he has 107 catches for 1,746 yards and has scored 24 touchdowns during that time frame.
The following 59 players have committed in the Class of 2019:
Oakland running back Xavier Myers (Illinois State), Briarcrest quarterback Jackson Walker (Richmond), Blackman defensive back Adonis Otey (Arkansas), Ensworth defensive back Wesley Walker (Georgia Tech), Independence wide receiver T.J. Sheffield (Purdue), Centennial running back Jariel Wilson (Austin Peay), Hillsboro defensive end Joseph Honeysucker (Memphis), Christian Brothers offensive guard Jacob Likes (Memphis), Whitehaven tight end Cormontae Hamilton (Ohio State), Lausanne defensive back Cameron Sims (Central Arkansas), Farragut wide receiver Tanner Corum (Southern Illinois), Farragut wide receiver Jaden Gibbs (UT-Martin), Mt. Juliet kicker Robbie Brewington (Cumberland), Mt. Juliet punter Matt Pewitt (Cumberland), FACS strong safety Carson Evans (UT-Martin), Watertown athlete Heath Price (Tennessee Tech), Blackman wide receiver Micaleous Elder (MTSU), Pearl Cohn quarterback Xavier Shepard (Kennesaw State), MUS linebacker Dorian Hopkins (Tulsa), Greeneville quarterback Cade Ballard (Army), BGA running back Jaylen Frierson (ETSU), Lebanon defensive end Zion Logue (Georgia), Elizabethton offensive tackle Garrett Jennings (Western Kentucky), ECS kicker Chandler Caughron (Central Arkansas), defensive tackle Marlon Alexander (Gardner Webb), Farragut running back Isaiah Gibbs (UT-Martin), Pearl Cohn defensive tackle Elijah Simmons (Tennessee), CPA Linebacker Kane Patterson (Ohio State), Oakland defensive back Woodi Washington (Oklahoma), Maplewood defensive back Travares Springer (Western Kentucky), CPA tight end Bryce McCormick (Furman), Lausanne running back Eric Gray (Michigan), Pearl Cohn wide receiver Jayden Harrison (Vanderbilt), Science Hill offensive tackle Blake Austin (Coastal Carolina), FRA athlete Lance Wilhoite (Oregon), Cordova offensive lineman Matthew Bedford (Indiana), BGA linebacker Chico Bennett (Georgia Tech), Whitehaven athlete Devin Boddie (Vanderbilt), Red Bank athlete Calvin Jackson (Wofford), Whitehaven athlete Keveon Mullins (South Carolina), Fulton linebacker Robquan Thomas (Austin Peay), Davidson Academy quarterback Stone Norton (Florida International), Christian Brothers defensive end Christian James (Vanderbilt), Germantown tight end Conner Richardson (Tulane), Dyersburg linebacker Chris Russell (Memphis), Karns athlete Thomas Harper (Oklahoma State), MBA linebacker Jackson Hannah (Nebraska), Oakland defensive end Joseph Anderson (South Carolina), Davidson Academy running back Da’Joun Hewitt (Purdue), Davidson Academy defensive end Ani Izuchukwu (Mississippi State), Greeneville wide receiver Dorien Goddard (Virginia), Memphis Central defensive tackle Trevis Hopper (Memphis), Greeneville tight end Cameron Hite (Wake Forest), Christian Brothers defensive end Bill Norton (Georgia), MUS defensive back Maurice Hampton (LSU), MBA offensive lineman Jackson Lampley (Tennessee), Kirby quarterback Jaden Johnson (Louisville), Independence quarterback Nathan Cisco (Idaho) and Friendship Christian defensive tackle Luke Smith (Appalachian State).
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