Miami (Ohio) might only be in the Mid-American Conference but they are having big time recruiting success in the state of Tennessee.
The Red Hawks are coming off a 6-6 season in 2018 and already have 20 commitments for the 2020 recruiting class as Nolensville linebacker C.J. Ware became the latest to commit to Miami.
Ware is the third in state commitment for the Red Hawks as he joins Tyner wide receiver Jeremiah Baptiste and Trinity Christian athlete Kevin Davis on the Miami commitment list.
Ware (6-4, 225) chose the Red Hawks over offers from Ball State, Louisville, Memphis, Toledo, Tulane and Western Kentucky.
Last season for the Knights, Ware tallied 40 tackles including six for a loss, five sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and five quarterback hurries.
“C.J. has been up there several times and that staff has really recruited him hard. I think the fit for both football and academics was a big factor as well as the family atmosphere that Coach Martin and his staff have created up there. It’s been a long process for C.J. and I’m just happy that he found a place where he feels he can thrive as a student athlete,” Nolensville coach Paul Derrick said.
Ware wasn’t the only Midstate commitment recently as Goodpasture wide receiver Vincent Hamer pledged to Southeast Missouri State and Ravenwood offensive tackle Gabriel Sleenhof will play his college football in the Ivy League as he committed to Yale.
*Hamer (6-3, 190) committed SE Missouri over offers from Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee State and UT- Martin.
“Vincent has had a goal to play college football and has worked very hard to prepare to play at the next level. He is a very physical and aggressive young man on the field. We wish him the best and I’m sure his family is very proud of him,” Goodpasture coach Jerry Joslin said.
*Sleenhof (6-4, 270) chose Yale over offers from Dartmouth, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana State and Western Illinois.
He becomes the fourth Ravenwood player to commit in the 2020 class joining teammates Graham Barton (Duke), Luke Shouse (Ole Miss) and Andrew Mason (Rice).
“Gabe is a dynamic and versatile lineman for us- smart and nasty. We’re very proud of him and happy to see him get this unique opportunity at the next level. He’s excited about playing with the coaching staff up there and competing for an Ivy League championship every year while getting an elite education,” Ravenwood head coach Matt Daniels said.
So far the following 42 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), 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) and Ravenwood offensive tackle Gabriel Sleenhof (Yale).
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