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Swafford Commits to Navy, two Memphis area players commit to SEC

Swafford Commits to Navy, two Memphis area players commit to SEC

Aaron Swafford is heading to Annapolis.

The rising senior signal caller for Meigs County committed to Navy over other offers from Southern Illinois, Tennessee Tech UT-Martin, Chattanooga and Wofford.

Swafford (6-0, 210) had a very productive junior season for the Tigers as he was the 2018 Class 2A Mr. Football award winner.

He accumulated 2,868 yards of total offense (1,744 passing, 1,124 rushing) and 34 touchdowns as Meigs County made the Semifinals for the first time since 1995 as they finished 13-1 on the season.

Swafford will go into his senior season in Decatur as a three year starter at quarterback and has over 6,800 yards of total offense and been responsible for 119 touchdowns in his career.

“Navy checked all the boxes for Aaron,” Meigs County coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “They run a offense that he is perfect for, they play in a very good conference with top notch competition and the education that he will get there is amazing as well.”

Curry Jr. and McDonald both commit to SEC
A pair of region 8-6A standouts are heading to the SEC.

White Station offensive tackle Ray Curry Jr. committed to Missouri while Whitehaven outside linebacker Tamarion McDonald has pledged to Mississippi State.

Curry Jr. (6’5, 290) becomes the sixth commitment for the Tigers Class of 2020 and chose Missouri over 23 other offers which included Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

He announced his decision via his Twitter account and posted the following statement: “First and foremost it is a must that I give all glory to God because none of this would have been possible without him. On April 26, 2015, I humbly received my first offer and have been blessed to receive a total of 27 thus far. This is a true testament to God and to the many coaches who saw potential in me. I would like to give thanks to all the people I have come in contact with through this game of football from the age of seven to the age of 17, that have had a heavy influence and a major role in shaping me into the man I am today. I want to give thank to all of the university that had a major interest in me. Lastly, a special thank to my family, friends and teammates for pushing me and never letting up on me… What that being said I would like to announce that I have committed to the University of Missouri! Thank you, friends and family, for the support and to the entire Missouri coaching staff… I am looking forward to seeing you all soon!”

McDonald (6-2, 220) is the 14th commitment for Mississippi State’s 2020 class and chose the Bulldogs over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and Western Kentucky.

McDonald had a good junior year as he helped Whitehaven finish as the runner up in Class 6A as he recorded 73 tackles including eight tackles for loss, two sacks and forced two fumbles.

“Mississippi State is getting a steal with tremendous upside. Tamarion is the ideal prototype for the hybrid strong safety-linebacker position that gives your defense flexibility when facing spread offenses. I foresee him blossoming under the tutelage of linebacker coach Chris Marve,” Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry said.

McDonald joins the following seven 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) and Greeneville long snapper Will Albright (Tennessee)

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