As high schools wait for Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to sign executive order No. 55 allowing high school football and girls soccer to start on time here’s a quick recruiting rundown from the last couple days as Clemson, Eastern Kentucky and Tulane picked up in-state commitments.
*Eastern Kentucky picked up their first 2021 Class in-state commitment as Blackman rising senior as committed to the Colonels.
“O’Brien is a big athletic lineman who has a well rounded skill set and still as far from his potential.He is extremely hard character leader ship skills and a great student in the classroom,” Blackman coach Kit Hartsfield said.
Jackson (6-4, 270) chose Eastern Kentucky over offers from Alabama A&M, Bryant University, Central Arkansas, Gardner Webb, Murray State, North Alabama, Southeast Missouri State, UT-Martin VMI and Western Illinois.
*Tulane continues to pick up 2021 commitments in the Volunteer as Red Bank left tackle B.J. Ragland has committed to the Green Wave.
“BJ is a special athlete for his size and has been a major part of Red Bank’s success on offense over the last three years. He is as intelligent as he is explosive and I look forward to seeing him maximize his potential through his career.” Red Bank coach Chris Brown said. “He will be a three year starter at left tackle for a program that has won 32 games during his three years on varsity.”
Ragland (6-3, 285) is the third Green Wave commitment in the 2021 class from Tennessee joining Hillsboro defensive back Kolby Phillips and defensive back Roderic Lewis.
Going into the 2020 College football season, Tulane has five Tennessee players on their roster they are: Ton’Quez Ball (safety, South Doyle), Hayden Beal (linebacker, Scotts Hill), Chase Kuerschen (safety, Knoxville Catholic), Patrick Johnson (defensive end, Notre Dame) and Reggie Neely (defensive back, Briarcrest).
Ragland picked Tulane over offers from Army, Austin Peay, Campbell, Central Florida, Chattanooga, Coastal Carolina, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Gardner Webb, Georgetown, Illinois State, Liberty, Marshall, MTSU, Navy, New Mexico, Richmond, Samford, SE Missouri State, Southern Miss, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin and Western Illinois.
*Evangelical Christian School offensive tackle Dietrick Pennington ended his suspense and has committed to Clemson.
Pennington (6-5, 326) chose the Tigers over Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee.
A 2019 Division II-AA Mr. Football Finalist, Pennington helped the Eagles finish 13-1 and beat CPA to win the Division II-AA state title and he joins Ravenwood tight end Jake Briningstool as Clemson commitments.
“We are extremely thankful that Dietrick gets to further his education and athletic ability at the next level. Dietrick’s work ethic and leadership on and off the field has been as good as anyone I have been around. We are very proud of Dietrick Pennington,” ECS coach Trey Adams said.
The following 34 players have committed in the Class of 2021 they are: Blackman offensive lineman O’Brien Jackson (Eastern Kentucky), Red Bank offensive lineman B.J. Ragland (Tulane), ECS offensive lineman Dietrick Pennington (Clemson), McMinn County running back Jalen Hunt (Western Carolina), Hillsboro defensive back Adrian Huey (Kentucky), MAHS athlete Robert Johnson (North Texas), Baylor safety Riley Jenne (Harvard), Knoxville Central linebacker Kalib Fortner (Army), Knoxville Central wide receiver Liam Fortner (Army), Hillsboro defensive back Kolby Phillips (Tulane), Bradley Central athlete Javin Burke (Virginia), Henry County defensive back Jawon Odoms (Memphis), Ensworth linebacker Bryce Edmondson (Memphis), Hardin County tight end Hudson Wolfe (Tennessee), MUS defensive back Roderic Lewis (Tulane), McCallie offensive lineman Austin Gentle (Harvard), McCallie offensive lineman Jack Gentle (Harvard), Brentwood Academy defensive end James Stewart (Memphis), Pearl Cohn athlete Kyndrich Breedlove (Ole Miss), Nolensville defensive end Grant Reeder (Davidson), DeKalb County tight end Evan Jones (Tennessee Tech), Ravenwood linebacker Junior Colson (Michigan), Ridgeway safety Brandon Warner (Memphis), White Station defensive back Greg Rubin (Memphis), Pope John Paul II running back Antwan Roberts (Wisconsin), The King’s Academy offensive lineman J’Marion Gooch (Auburn), Father Ryan quarterback D.C. Tabscott (Appalachian State), Alcoa defensive end Grey Carroll (Georgia Tech), Brentwood wide receiver Walker Merrill (Tennessee), Ravenwood tight end Jake Briningstool (Clemson), Ensworth safety Andre Turrentine (Ohio State), Brentwood Academy offensive lineman Eli Sutton (North Carolina), Baylor running back Elijah Howard (Tennessee) and MUS tight end Gavin McKay (Missouri).
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