It’s been a wild, tumultuous off season for the Jellico football program.
Johnny Massengale has been named the interim head coach for the 2018 season replacing Michael Croley who was hired two weeks ago but didn’t sign his contract and resigned late last week.
It’s my honor to be named as the head coach on an interim basis. Jellico High School football has had a tumultuous three months. It is my hope that I can calm the waters and give these kids someone they can depend on. We’ll work hard and compete the best that we can,” Massengale said.
Massengale has been an assistant coach at Jellico, Campbell County, Fort Knox (KY) and at LaFollette Middle for two years as well.
The Blue Devils are coming off their first playoff appearance since 2004 as they lost to Oliver Springs in the first round of Class 1A playoffs.
The Blue Devil head coaching job came open in February when Dustin Buckner resigned to become an assistant at Corbin (KY) high school after leading the program the last three seasons.
Then defensive coordinator Steve Smith was promoted in March to replace Buckner and that lasted until May when Smith resigned to become the quarterback and running backs coach at Union County.
Jellico then named Massengale as the interim head coach and that lasted until they agreed to hire Croley.
Bledsoe County is currently the only school statewide that is looking for a head football coach.
Tennessee snagged their second in state commitment as Pearl Cohn defensive tackle Elijah Simmons has pledged to the Volunteers.
Simmons (6-0, 350) chose the Volunteers over Missouri, Memphis, Chattanooga, Southern University, Tennessee State and UT- Martin.
He becomes the 14th commitment for the Volunteers and joins MBA offensive guard Jackson Lampley as in state commitments for Tennessee and joins teammate Jayden Harrison (Vanderbilt) as Firebird SEC commitments.
Logue Commits to UGA
The Georgia Bulldogs are having success finding defensive linemen in Tennessee.
The 2017 SEC East champions have three commitments from defensive linemen and two from the state of Tennessee after Lebanon defensive end Zion Logue committed to the Bulldogs.
Logue (6-5, 290) joins Christian Brothers defensive end Bill Norton as in state Bulldog commitments as Logue chose Georgia over Alabama, Kentucky, Memphis, Ole Miss, Tennessee and 23 other offers.
He is a humble, high character, hard working young man. Just turned 17 on Friday and Zion is a team leader and he has just scratched the surface of his potential. We hope his commitment and play helps put Lebanon football back where everyone here wants it,” Lebanon coach Chuck Gentry said.
Jennings Commits to Western Kentucky
Elizabethton monster offensive tackle Garrett Jennings has committed to Western Kentucky joining Maplewood defensive back Travares Springer as in state commitments for the Hilltoppers.
Jennings (6-7, 320) chose the Hilltoppers over offers from Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky.
“It’s really exciting, Garrett has really worked hard and grown into a great young man and the sky is the limit for him. He is going to a place really wants him and will make him a better football player,” Elizabethton coach Shawn Witten said.
ECS Caughron Pledges to Central Arkansas
ECS specialist Chandler Caughron has committed to Central Arkansas.
Caughron (6-0, 195) handles both kicking and punting for the Eagles and should be a dual threat for Central Arkansas as well.
“We are excited for Chandler and his future at the University of Central Arkansas. Not only is Chandler a talented specialist possessing great leg strength and keen kicking skills but also he is a servant leader amongst his peers and is also a multi-sport participant securing the ECS soccer team’s goalkeeping duties,” ECS coach Jonas Rodriguez said.
“Chandler has worked tremendously hard to build upon his already formidable God-given ability. We are excited to have his services for one more season and look forward to seeing how much he will impact our special teams production this season.”
Bulldog DT Commits to Gardner Webb
Smyrna defensive tackle Marlon Alexander will remain a Bulldog in college as he has committed to Gardner Webb.
Alexander (6-1, 270) also had interest from Tennessee State and UT- Martin as he had 43 tackles, a pass defended and a fumble recovery for the Bulldogs in 2017.
UT- Martin Gets Pledge from Farragut RB
Farragut all purpose running back Isaiah Gibbs has announced his college choice as he has committed to UT- Martin.
Gibbs, who rushed for 1,108 yards and scored 17 touchdowns last season chose the Skyhawks over an offer from Arkansas Pine Bluff.
The following 38 players have committed in the Class of 2019:
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), Independence wide receiver T.J. Sheffield (Notre Dame), 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) and Friendship Christian defensive tackle Luke Smith (Appalachian State)
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