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Recruiting Update

Recruiting Update

A lot happened in the football recruiting scene in the last week and as we head into the two week dead period as 13 players have committed so here’s a recruiting recap.

*Nashville Overton offensive tackle Chris Washington (6-7, 275) has committed to Miami (FL) after working out at a Hurricanes camp over the weekend.

Washington becomes the 18th Miami commitment in the Class of 2020 and Washington chose the Hurricanes over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Marshall, Memphis, MTSU, Ole Miss, Tulane, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky among others.

“I’m extremely proud of his hard work and dedication. Chris has worked as hard as any player that I’ve had the pleasure of coaching and I’m excited to see him compete at the next level. Miami will be a great fit for him both academically and athletically. He understands that it is time to work even harder than before to prepare to play at the next level, and I think he will do a great job at that,” Overton first year head coach Cole Peeples said.

*ETSU got a local in state commitment as Tennessee high tight end Nolan Wishon committed to the Buccaneers.

“Nolan’s a great kid that is committed day in and day out to becoming the best player and person he can be,” Tennessee High head coach Mike Mays said.

Wishon (6-6, 240) chose ETSU over an offer from UVA Wise.

“First I would like to thank my parents and coaching staff at THS for always being there throughout my high school recruitment. With that being said I am happy to announce I am committing to ETSU to continue my football career! All glory to God,” Wishon tweeted.

*BGA had three players commit as BGA defensive backs Antonio Stevens and Garnett Hollis and quarterback Nick Semptimphelter all committed over the last week.

Stevens committed first to Purdue then Hollis committed to Northwestern and Semptimphelter committed to Bucknell.

*Stevens (6-2, 185) chose the Boilermakers over Louisville becoming the eighth commitment for Purdue.

Last season, Stevens caught 38 passes for 667 yards and scored nine touchdowns while also intercepting two passes from his safety position.

*Hollis (6-1, 185) chose the Wildcats over Purdue, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Louisville, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tulane, Texas San Antonio and Virginia.

Hollis intercepted one pass and had 12 tackles last season as teams avoided the cover corner, while playing wide receiver Hollis made 36 catches for 524 yards and scored nine touchdowns for BGA.

*Semptimphelter (6-1, 185) chose Bucknell over Valparaiso after passing for 3,187 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior.

*Tennessee picked up their second and third in state commitments for the Class of 2020 as Knoxville Catholic center Cooper Mays and Ensworth safety Keshawn Lawrence pledged to the Volunteers.

*Mays (6-3, 280) chose the hometown Vols over offers from Auburn, Duke, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Vanderbilt Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

*Lawrence (6-1, 195) chose Tennessee over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Penn State.

*Duke continued their hot recruiting in the Volunteer state picking up their third in state commitment as Cane Ridge defensive tackle Michael Reese pledged to the Blue Devils.

*Reese (6-3, 250) chose the Blue Devils over Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky and joins Mt. Juliet’s Malik Bowen and Ravenwood’s Graham Barton as Duke commitments.

In his junior season, Reese made 31 tackles, including 13 tackles for a loss, made six sacks and caused a fumble for the Ravens.

*Miami (OH) picked up their 12th commitment and first in state commitment as Tyner wide receiver Jeremiah Baptiste committed to the Red Hawks.

*Baptiste (6-1, 185) was a Class 2A Mr. Football Finalist last season as he caught 45 passes for 1,178 yards and scored 15 touchdowns for the Rams.

*South Doyle athlete Elijah Young committed to Missouri over offers from Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina and Mississippi State and joins White Station offensive lineman Ray Curry Jr. as in state commitments for the Tigers.

*Rice picked up a big commitment from Ravenwood wide receiver Andrew Mason as he became the 12th commitment for the Owls in the 2020 class.

*Mason (5-11, 160) caught 35 passes for 739 yards and scored 11 touchdowns for Ravenwood last season and chose Rice over offers from Army, Yale, Georgetown, Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky.

*Peabody dual threat athlete Jarel Dickson (6-0, 215) committed to Army over Miami University, Murray State, Wofford, Western Illinois, Eastern Kentucky, Austin Peay, Navy, UT Martin and Western Kentucky.

*Dickson was a big reason that Peabody won the Class 2A state title in 2018 as he rushed for 1,260 yards and scored 24 touchdowns at running back while making 80 tackles including 21 for loss and 12 sacks at linebacker.

So far the following 28 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) and BGA quarterback Nick Semptimpheter (Bucknell).

Contact Donovan at donovans1222@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter at Examine_Stew

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