We are heading into the Semifinal round which is a step closer until the state title games are played in Cookeville.
Although the season is almost over, recruiting continues to pick up as five players statewide recently committed and here’s an update on all five.
*Walker Valley Quarterback Tucker Pope jumped all over his first official offer and has committed to Tennessee State.
“Very proud of Tucker. We have leaned on him as a playmaker on the field and a leader off the field for the last two years. Never have had a kid work as hard when nobody is watching than Tucker. Glad to see all that hard work pay off. “He has built a great relationship with Coach (Antonio) Bradford and wanted to commit as soon as the offer came through,” Walker Valley coach Drew Akins said.
Pope was a big reason for the Mustangs’ 8-3 record and Class 5A playoff appearances as he accounted for 2,170 total yards (1,820 passing and 350 rushing) and 32 touchdowns (20 passing, 12 rushing).
*Vanderbilt got their second instate commitment as Warren County safety C.J. Taylor pledged to the Commodores.
Taylor was recently named as a Class 6A Mr. Football Finalist as accumulated 2,259 yards of total offense (1,767 rushing and 492 passing) and 28 total touchdowns (23 rushing, five passing).
From his safety position, Taylor (6-0, 195) made 57 tackles including four tackles for loss, two sacks, intercepted three passes, recovered two fumbles and caused three more fumbles.
He joins Brentwood defensive back John Howse as instate commitments for Vanderbilt and chose them over offers from Austin Peay, Army, Eastern Kentucky, Mississippi State, Navy and Tennessee Tech.
“Very excited for CJ and Pioneer Nation. This is truly a great opportunity for CJ and his family. This young man has worked hard and competed even harder to put himself in the position to be offered by such a prestigious organization in Vanderbilt,” Warren County coach Matt Turner said.
“CJ is a very special athlete and young man that has been an honor to coach and hopefully prepared him for his next chapter at Vanderbilt. He is such a competitive young man that will be exciting to watch and witness his assets in SEC football in the years to come. It is so special when a local athlete gets to go to a local University, CJ has a big fan base not only in Warren County but also middle TN and the Upper Cumberland. It is simply awesome when one of our own is offered an opportunity such as this.”
*Marshall County linebacker Christian Stacey has committed to Lindsey Wilson.
Stacey (6-0, 200) led the Tiger defense with 97 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.
He chose Lindsey Wilson over an offer from Birmingham Southern.
“They are getting an “old school” true football player that loves to be physical but is also a student of the game. He has been the “QB of our defense” for the last three years. Has been a building block of our team that has been like an extension of the coaching staff out on the field,” Marshall County coach Thomas Osteen said.
*Virginia picked up a commitment from Cane Ridge defensive end Michael Diatta.
Diatta (6-5, 265) chose the Cavaliers over offers from Brown, Coastal Carolina, Columbia, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Southern, Holy Cross, Memphis, Northwestern, Tulane, UT-Martin, Vanderbilt and Western Carolina
“Michael is a high Character and great academic kid. He has a tremendous upside and will be a great contributor and program guy,” Cane Ridge coach Eddie Woods said.
*Cincinnati picked up a commitment from Alcoa two-way athlete Isiah Cox.
Cox (6-2, 185), a 3A Mr. Football Semifinalist has scored touchdowns four different ways this year (three rushing, one receiving, one on a kickoff return and one on a punt return) and for good measure has thrown a touchdown pass as well on his only passing attempt on the season.
He chose the Bearcats over offers from Appalachian State, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boston College, Central Florida, Charlotte, Connecticut, Eastern Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Indiana State, Kansas, Liberty, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, MTSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin, Vanderbilt, Western Carolina, Western Illinois, Western Kentucky and William & Mary.
He is being recruited to play defensive back for Cincinnati.
The following 63 players have committed in the Class of 2021 they are: Walker Valley Quarterback Tucker Pope (Tennessee State), Warren County safety C.J. Warren (Vanderbilt), Marshall County linebacker Christian Stacey (Lindsey Wilson), Cane Ridge defensive end Michael Diatta (Virginia), Alcoa athlete Isiah Cox (Cincinnati), Oakland offensive lineman Graham Keating (UNLV), Tennessee high athlete Jaden Keller (Virginia Tech), Gatlinburg Pittman offensive lineman Kevin Burkett (Elon), Alcoa linebacker Cam Burden (Charlotte), Red Bank offensive lineman B.J. Ragland (Charlotte), Anderson County kicker/punter Daniel Bethel (Ole Miss), MUS linebacker D.J. Brown (Charlotte), Brentwood Academy offensive guard Noah Josey (Virginia), Brentwood Academy linebacker Elijah Oatsvall (Navy), Brentwood defensive back John Howse (Vanderbilt), Farragut linebacker Eli Purcell (Wofford), Mark Anthony Prescott (Princeton), Nolensville quarterback Ryder Galardi (Long Island University), Pearl Cohn offensive lineman William Parker (Tennessee), The King’s Academy offensive lineman J’Marion Gooch (Tennessee), Austin East athlete Keon Smith (Campbell), Macon County tight end Landon Whittemore (Furman), Collierville defensive end Ethan Hassler (Southern Miss), Alcoa running back Ahmaudd Sankey (SE Missouri State), White Station safety Cejai Parson (Southern Illinois), Pearl Cohn defensive end Alex Okelo (Michigan State), David Crockett linebacker Prince Kollie (Notre Dame), Bartlett defensive back Marico Smith (Central Arkansas), MBA defensive back Nasir Cook (Princeton), McMinn County offensive lineman Bryce Goodner (Virginia Tech), Bartlett offensive lineman Malik McDaniel (Davidson), Memphis East athlete Jelani Willis (Western Michigan), Blackman offensive lineman O’Brien Jackson (Eastern Kentucky), ECS offensive lineman Dietrick Pennington (Clemson), 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), 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), 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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