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Jeff Porter to be AD and Assistant Principal; Liberty gets two in state commitments

Jeff Porter to be AD and Assistant Principal; Liberty gets two in state commitments

Jeff Porter spent the last 32 years at White House making their football program a powerhouse before stepping down in December.

Now Porter will stay in education as he will be the new Athletic Director and assistant principal at Christian Community School, a small christian school in White House.

Christian Community has a eight man football program and finished 11-1 losing to Evangel Christian (AL) in the title game in 2018. 

Porter will join his wife Elizabeth on staff at Christian Community as she has been the Preschool Director for the last 13 years.

The Porters have went to church at Grace Park ( church is on the school’s campus) the last 33 years and were married there and Jeff Porter has served as an elder and a deacon at the church the last 12 years.

“I have always served at the pleasure of my Administrators and that will continue at Christian Community School as I will be serving at the pleasure of our pastor, Bob Cook and the principal, Tim Petitt,” Porter said.

“I am grateful for the opportunity and I desire to serve, contribute and give back to a place that has been a huge part of my family’s life.”

Porter was inducted into the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA) Hall of Fame in 2016 and retires with a 269-126 overall record and led White House to their only football state title in 1997 as the Blue Devils won the Class 3A state title.

Under Porter, the Blue Devil program was a playoff regular as they made 28 appearances which produced 48 playoff wins.

The Blue Devils also had three undefeated regular seasons (1997, 2004 and 2017) and nine seasons of 10 wins or more (1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2013 and 2017).

White House made the semifinals six times (1990, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2004 and 2008) and 17 trips to the Quarterfinals as well (1990, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

White House missed the 4A playoffs in 2018 but finished the season with a 6-4 record.

Liberty Gets Two Tennessee Commitments
Liberty University made a splash hire back in December when they hired former Ole Miss head coach Huge Freeze as the Flames new head football coach.

Now Freeze is making a difference on the recruiting trail as the Flames picked up two instate Tennessee commitments over the weekend.

The Flames got from Maryville wide receiver Ashton Maples and Nolensville safety Tim Coutras pushing their Class of 2020 commitment list to seven commitments.

*Maples helped lead Maryville to a 12-2 record and a Class 6A semifinal round trip as he caught 18 passes for 442 yards for the Rebels in 2018.

“Ashton is a fantastic player. His combination of size and speed make him a tough matchup for opposing defenses. We are thrilled for him and the opportunity he will have furthering his education and football career,” Maryville coach Derek Hunt said.

*Coutras impressed Liberty coaches during a camp over the weekend and committed to the Flames after receiving an offer.

“He went up there and had a great camp. Coaches were high on him and he felt good about Liberty and their staff. He said it just felt like home and made the decision to commit after they offered. To me that’s the most important thing, how does it feel when your feet hit the ground on that campus when you know you know. Liberty just got one heck of a football player and a great kid. Tim has worked his tail off and I’m excited for him and can’t wait for our season to start to watch him enjoy his senior year,” Nolensville head coach Paul Derrick said.

Coutras was a big two way player for Nolensville last season as he made eight interceptions and 46 tackles from his safety spot and also caught 38 passes for 737 yards and scored six touchdowns playing wide receiver for the Knights and he is expected to play in the defensive backfield for Liberty.

Three other Class of 2020 players made their college choices over the last several days as well.

*Collierville defensive tackle Jared Dawson became the seventh commitment for Louisville as he picked the Cardinals over six other finalists in Memphis, Wake Forest, Kansas, Georgia Tech, MTSU and Army.

Dawson (6-2, 260) had a big junior year as he made 68 tackles including 26 for loss, nine sacks and a fumble recovery for the Dragons.

*Ole Miss picked up an in state commitment from Ravenwood two way lineman Luke Shouse as he becomes the 12th commitment for the Rebels in the 2020 class.

Shouse (6-6, 250) made 53 tackles, three sacks and intercepted a pass for the Raptors in 2018 and joins teammate Graham Barton (Duke) as committed Raptors in the Class of 2020.

He chose the Rebels over offers from Army, Ball State, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Eastern Kentucky, Kansas, Liberty, Louisville, Marshall, Miami (OH), Tennessee Tech, Toledo, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky.

*Minnesota dipped into the Volunteer State and got a commit from Ensworth tight end Austin Henderson.

Henderson (6-5, 220) picked the Golden Gophers over offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Ball State, Austin Peay, Murray State and UT-Martin.

So far the following 15 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), Nolensville safety Tim Coutras (Liberty), Collierville defensive tackle Jared Dawson (Louisville), Ravenwood offensive lineman Luke Shouse (Ole Miss) and Ensworth tight end Austin Henderson (Minnesota)

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

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