In little league baseball, it’s common for an entire city or county to combine players at the end of the regular season and form an All-Star team for tournament play. What if we take this idea and apply it to high school football? Which county in Tennessee could build the best “Ultimate Team”? Tennessee has more athletes getting Bowl Subdivision level scholarships than ever before so there isn’t any shortage of talent to go around. Rutherford, Williamson, Shelby, and Knox counties would all field some great squads but let’s test out this concept on Davidson County. For this exercise I’m only looking at Division I schools because there are so few Division II schools outside of the large population areas of the state. Our Metro Ultimate team will run a 2 RB/3WR formation on offense and a 4-3 defensive formation. One backup is listed for each position. Here’s the lineup for the 2018 Metro Nashville Ultimate Team:
QB: Bobo Hodges, Maplewood Backup: Xavier Shepherd, Pearl Cohn
We’ve got a 3A Mr. Football finalist backing up a 4A Mr. Football finalist. Doesn’t get any better than that.
RB1: Devon Starling, Cane Ridge RB2:Rondarius Gregory, East Nashville Backup: Brian Covington, Hillsboro
Starling is our third Mr. Football finalist (6A) and Gregory maybe the best power back in Metro. Covington adds a speed threat and change of pace. This team would punish defenses on the ground.
WR1: Jayden Harrison, Pearl Cohn WR2: Jacquez Norman, Cane Ridge WR3: Miller Baker (TE), Hillwood Backup: Kendrell Scurry, Maplewood
Unbelievable talent here with the Vanderbilt commit Harrison leading the way. Norman and Scurry are deep speed threats and we cheated a little to get the best tight end in Metro on the team with Baker. Baker does split out wide pretty often though and is a great possession receiver.
OT1: Jaalon Gupton, Stratford OT2: Steven Losoya, Overton Backup: Daylon Moore, Hillsboro OG1: Andrew Blanton, McGavock OG2: Marcus Mathis, East Nashville Backup: Devin Turner, Cane Ridge C: Aran Mohamad-Ali, Overton
A great offensive line group anchored by Rivals.com #27 player in the state Gupton and the two Overton Bobcats who have both committed to the greatest collegiate institution in the state of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University.
DE1: Joseph Honeysucker, Hillsboro DE2: Sam Buckner, Stratford Backup: Clint Dowty, Maplewood DT1: Elijah Simmons, Pearl Cohn DT2: Tyqaze Leggs, Maplewood Backup: Anthony Collier, East Nashville
Nobody is running on this team. University of Memphis commit Honeysucker and Tennessee commit Simmons are forces of nature up front. Leggs is the Rivals.com #40 ranked player in the state for the 2020 class. Collier recently visited Georgia Tech and is a three star prospect.
LB1: James Whitmore, East Nashville LB2: Caleal Jackson, McGavock Backup: Theo Chisom, Cane Ridge
Whitmore and Jackson are aggressive, powerful run stoppers and Chisom provides the team with the speed needed in pass coverage from the linebacker position.
CB1: Gyasi Mattison, Hillsboro CB2: Tyshawn Boyd, Maplewood Backup: Darius Willis, Pearl Cohn
All incredible athletes that can cover different types of receivers. Will make any opposing quarterback pay for mistakes with INTs. Mattison is the Rivals.com #26 player in Tennessee this year.
S1: Jashon Watkins, East Nashville S2: Evan Miller, Hillsboro Backup: Travares Springer, Maplewood
Another Rivals player as Watkins comes in at #25 in this year’s Tennessee rankings. All three players are versatile in pass defense and aren’t afraid to attack down hill against the rushing game.
Punter: Richard Shelton, Antioch Kicker: Erick Ramirez, Cane Ridge K/P Returner: Iven Dayton, Pearl Cohn
Dayton is small but can absolutely fly. Has shown great return instincts all season. Ramirez and Shelton are reliable in the kicking game and will perform their tasks admirably.
Congratulations to all the players that made the list and to the many other deserving candidates that had great seasons as well. Stay tuned to tnhighschoolfootball.com the next two weeks for in depth coverage of the semifinal and championship playoff rounds.