Recruiting Recap

Recruiting Recap

McCallie rising senior dual threat quarterback DeAngelo Hardy’s athleticism fits the Kennesaw State offensive system perfectly.

Because of that Hardy (5-11, 185) has committed to Kennesaw State on Tuesday.

Hardy committed to the Owls over offers from Air Force, Army, Austin Peay, Brown, Chattanooga, Columbia, Cornell, ETSU, Furman, Fordham, Illinois State, Navy, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech and UT-Martin among others.

“I think it is a good match. Delo is one of the toughest competitors I’ve been around and he is a great leader. I think the Kennesaw State coaches see his value and have done a great job recruiting him,” McCallie coach Ralph Potter said.

“They recruited him as a quarterback although they could move him to running back or defensive back but he really fits what they do offensively.”

Hardy was a 2018 Division II-AAA Mr. Football Semifinalist as he accumulated over 2,700 yards and a total of 25 touchdowns as a junior at McCallie.

Hardy wasn’t the only Tuesday commitment as Oakland defensive back De’Arre McDonald took to social media and committed to Ole Miss via a video that he posted on Youtube.

*McDonald (6-2, 190) chose the Rebels over Arkansas, Charlotte, Kentucky, Louisville, South Carolina, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky

He is the 21st commitment for Ole Miss in the Class of 2020 and the second in state commitment joining Ravenwood offensive lineman Luke Shouse.

In his junior year in which Oakland won the Class 6A state title, McDonald made 38 tackles and intercepted six passes for the Patriots.

“De’Arre has a great relationship with Ole Miss assistant coach Tyrone Nix and their relationship made Ole Miss an easy choice,” Oakland coach Kevin Creasy said.

*Two other commitments were made recently as Alcoa offensive lineman Brackston Alford committed to Memphis, while Maryville running back Tee Hodge committed to Tennessee.

*Alford (6-4, 280) continued the Memphis hot streak on the recruiting trail as he chose the Tigers over Middle Tennessee State, Arkansas State and Air Force.

He is the 13th commitment for Memphis overall and first in July after the Tigers had 12 commitments in June.

*Hodge (6-0, 230) chose Tennessee over Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Missouri, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Hodge rushed for 792 yards and scored 19 touchdowns in 13 games after suffering a broken leg in the Rebels win over Farragut in the 6A Quarterfinals.

He is the fourth in state commitment for Tennessee joining Greeneville long snapper Will Albright, Ensworth defensive back Keshawn Lawrence and Knoxville Catholic offensive lineman Cooper Mays and 12th overall commitment in the 2020 class.

So far the following 35 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) and Maryville running back Tee Hodge (Tennessee).

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