Statewide Recruiting Update

Statewide Recruiting Update

National Signing Day is a week away and commitments are flying fast and furious all over social media.

75 student athletes have made their college intentions know over Twitter the last several days so here’s a quick recap.

Nine players committed to Division I schools as Mt. Juliet wide receiver Malik Bowen, a 2020 prospect pledged to Duke over offers from Memphis, Ole Miss and Rutgers.

Bowen had a good season for the Bears as he caught 27 passes for 633 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

*MTSU snagged a couple of instate commitments as Lausanne athlete Richard Kinley and McCallie linebacker Quindarius Dunnigan both committed to the Blue Raiders.

Kinley (6-4, 230) made 57 tackles and had 11.5 sacks and chose MTSU over offers from Air Force, Cincinnati, Colorado State, Miami (OH), Southern Miss and Western Kentucky.

Dunnigan (6-4, 230) chose MTSU over offers from Austin Peay, Chattanooga, Eastern Kentucky, ETSU, Jacksonville State and Southern Illinois.

*Cordova linebacker Tarique Barnes has committed to Big 10 school Illinois over offers Arkansas State, Mississippi State, Missouri and Navy.

*Nolensville running back Colton Dooley has committed to Army after rushing for 1,036 yards and scored 19 touchdowns for the Knights.

*Knoxville Grace offensive lineman Wes Dorsey has committed to Western Kentucky over offers from Central Michigan, Austin Peay, Bethel, Massachusetts and SE Missouri State.

*CPA wide receiver Noah Henderson who caught 72 passes for 1,215 yards and scored 11 touchdowns to help the Lions win the Division II-AA state title has committed to Charlotte.

*Lausanne defensive back Cameron Sims has committed to Georgia State after posting 27 tackles and intercepting five passes for the Lynx.

*Mt. Juliet defensive back Michael Ruttlen will be heading to the Ivy League as he has committed to Princeton.

*Lebanon athlete Chandler Crite (6-0, 175) has committed to Ball State over other offers Chattanooga, ETSU, Western Illinois, Western Michigan and Youngstown State.

*Carson Newman have had a several good recruiting days landing seven in state players including five from Knoxville area in Knoxville West linebacker Demarcus Nelson, Alcoa offensive lineman Andrew Coulter, Sevier County offensive lineman Dalton Mitchell, Gatlinburg Pittman linebacker Hayden Proffitt and CAK linebacker Jack Flynn while Station Camp running back Kannon Vanderburg and Wilson Central offensive lineman Hunter Hoffman both pledged from the Mid state.

*Bethel under new head football Mike Jasper picked up seven commitments with four coming from the Mid State with Mt. Juliet teammates Marcello Walton and Tristan Kilmon as well as Smyrna wide receiver Deandre Caldwell and Wilson Central linebacker Dawson Ray while South Pittsburg defensive tackle Jabron Hale, Ripley lineman Bryant Evans and Haywood County offensive tackle Sherron Hines also committed to the Wildcats.

*Cumberland also were busy picking up six commitments including five from the mid state including Stratford teammates Deairrus Waller and Tomory Stephens, Watertown teammates
Elijah Maklary and Devon Mathis as well as Lebanon offensive lineman Cade Baker.

Germantown defensive back Keveon Ware rounds out the in state commitments for the Phoenix.

*Lindsey Wilson, an NAIA school from Columbia, Kentucky dropped in the Volunteer state and pulled five commitments in Page wide receiver Michael Burdick, Columbia Academy running back Tre Davidson, Giles County wide receiver Dre Garrett, Powell athlete Riley Bryant and Dyer County running back Jefhry Taylor.

Burdick was a Class 5A Mr. Football Semifinalist for the Patriots as he caught 73 passes for 885 yards and 12 touchdowns while Davidson rushed for 1,762 and scored 15 touchdowns for Columbia Academy.

*University of the Cumberlands gained five commitments as East Ridge athlete Alonzo Russell, Anderson County linebacker Noah Colorusso, Ezell Harding defensive back Marc Crues, Nashville Overton linebacker Charleston Sudderth, RePublic defensive end Jau’von Young committed to the Patriots.

*UVA Wise, a Division II school got three commitments including two from 4A state champion Greeneville as brothers running back Jaevon Gillespie (1,067 yards rushing and 17 TDs) and defensive back Jordan Gillespie (24 tackles and four INTs) while also adding Dobyns Bennett quarterback Lendon Redwine as well.

*Victor Valley (CA) Community College picked up three commitments from Hillwood as strong safety Avery Bass, linebacker Erie Lawrence and wide receiver Eric Kinnard all committed to the Rams.

*Davidson College picked up a couple of commitments from Anderson County teammates Andy Moog (1,915 total offense) and Trey Noe (57 tackles).

*Tennessee Tech nabbed a couple of commitments as Signal Mountain athlete Travion Williams and Spring Hill defensive tackle Jacquise Oglesby both committed to be Golden Eagles.

*ETSU continued their momentum after an 8-4 season that saw the Buccaneers make the FCS playoffs as they scored a pair of commitments from Oakland kicker Garrett Taylor and Lausanne safety Erek Campbell.

Taylor was the Mr. Football kicker of the year after scoring 77 points and kicking seven field goals to help the Patriots win the Class 6A state title.

Campbell was the leader of the Lynx secondary as he collected 58 tackles and intercepted one pass in 2018.

*Murray State grabbed two Mid State commitments as Smyrna running back Blake Watkins and Rossview kicker Zaden Webber both committed to the Racers.

*Campbellsville (KY) got a couple of commitments as Farragut offensive lineman Ethan Gossage and USJ defensive tackle Mario Nicholson both committed to the Tigers.

*Central Arkansas picked up another in state commitment as 6A Mr. Football winner Devon Starling committed to the Bears.

Starling rushed for 2,060 yards and scored 24 touchdowns for Cane Ridge.

*Brentwood defensive end Tank Starr committed to the Citadel after visiting the campus over the weekend.

*Jefferson County defensive end/linebacker Jaylon Haney has committed to VMI over an offer from ETSU.

*CAK quarterback Stewart Howell has committed to UT-Martin over other offers including Eastern Kentucky.

*Lausanne offensive lineman Gary Walton (6-3, 310) has committed to Prairie View A&M, a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

*St. Benedict defensive lineman Lunden Clark has committed to Southeast Missouri State after making 87 tackles for the Eagles in 2018.

*Collierville wide receiver Justin Stonework who caught 63 balls for 786 yards and scored five touchdowns has committed to Morehouse College in Atlanta.

*Goodpasture offensive lineman Taylor Lazenby has committed to Cincinnati Christian over offers from Sewanee and Birmingham Southern.

*Station Camp defensive lineman Zion Ware has committed to Maryville College over offers from LaGrange College, McPherson College, Mt. St. Joseph’s, Defiance College and Lindsey Wilson.

*Cordova quarterback Justin Lynn has committed to Rochester (MN) Community College over offers from Antelope Valley (CA) Community College and Missouri Valley College.

*Ridgeway quarterback Quincy Casey has committed to Jackson State after taking a visit over the weekend.

*Oakland defensive end Tekoy Randolph who helped the Zpatriots win the 6A state title by posting 75 tackles for theseason has committed to Itawamba (MS) Community College.

*St. George’s two way lineman Jaquavious Pryor (6-3, 300) has committed to play at Lindenwood (MO) College.

*Columbia athlete Darien Davis has committed to Missouri Western and Franklin running back Matt Gaca has committed to the University of Incarnate Word, a Catholic school in San Antonio, Texas.

*Carter offensive lineman Collin Norton committed to nearby Tusculum while Fulton linebacker Michael Hobby committed to the University of Pikeville, Mt. Juliet offensive lineman Konrad Thiele committed to Grand View University in Iowa and Germantown defensive lineman Duke Hill has committed to Mt. Union.

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