When the city of Cookeville was awarded the Football State championship games known as the Blue Cross Bowl two years ago, Tennessee Tech head football coach Watson Brown was hopeful it would provide an advantage in recruiting.
After weeks of being silent, Brown and the Golden Eagles made a big splash this week as they got three commitments from three players that played for a state title on the Cookeville campus in early December.
Alcoa quarterback/defensive back Austin Tallent committed to the Golden Eagles to start the week off right, Tallent starred for the Alcoa as the Tornadoes won their seventh straight state championship.
Tallent (5-11, 185) will play at either cornerback or safety for the Golden Eagles and in the 56-14 title win over Goodpasture, he made 10 tackles, picked off a pass and had a pass break up.
Tennessee Tech also got a pledge from athletic quarterback Steve Wilson from Smyrna high school.
Wilson (6-2, 180) accounted for over 2,000 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns as the Bulldogs played in the Class 6A state game finishing runner up to Maryville.
Wilson will be given a shot to play quarterback for the Golden Eagles but could be moved to wide receiver or possibly cornerback on defense.
Wilson’s teammate at Smyrna wide receiver Parrish Gaines also visited the Golden Eagles with Wilson but Gaines (6-3, 185) also has an offer from the Naval Academy.
The real steal for Tennessee Tech come on Wednesday as they received a commitment from Columbia Central running back/linebacker Tra’Darius Goff.
Goff helped his team win the Class 5A state title at Tech last month as he earned both offensive and defensive MVP as the Lions took the title.
Goff (5-11, 230) rushed for over 1,300 yards and scored 25 touchdowns at running back and recorded 222 tackles from his middle linebacker spot.
It is not known yet whether he will play linebacker or running back for the Golden Eagles.
Memphis Gets Commitments– Two weeks after I said that Memphis couldn’t get a commitment from their own backyard, the Tigers secured two from Whitehaven defensive tackle Terry Redden (6-1, 277) and teammate linebacker Charles Harris (6-1, 201).
Redden has canceled his visit this week to Kansas while Harris will take visits to Arkansas State this weekend and Northern Illinois next weekend.
Redden made 50 tackles on the year including 30 for loss and registered 12 sacks for the Tigers.
Harris made 75 tackles from his linebacking spot which included 10 sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
Other Commitments: Three Ivy League schools in Princeton, Columbia and Yale came to the Volunteer state recently and picked up commitments.
Princeton picked up two commitments in Blackman linebacker Jess Patton and CAK quarterback Quinn Epperly while Columbia received the commitment of Knoxville Webb defensive end Hunter Little, a 2010 Mr. Football Lineman finalist and Yale got the word of Pope John Paul II offensive/defensive lineman Seth Walker.
Yale is also in the running for Davidson Academy tail back Josh Gregory who is visiting Centre College this weekend after visiting Yale and Rhodes College.
Smyrna running back Jeremiah Bryson who opened up his recruitment after Dave Wannstedt was fired from Pittsburgh, recommitted to the Panthers after talking to new coach Todd Graham.
Bryson visits Cincinnati this weekend and will take his official visit to Pittsburgh next weekend, he has also already visited MTSU.
Baylor defensive end John Mackey has committed to new Furman coach Bruce Fowler, becoming the third Red Raider to commit joining linebacker David Helton (Duke) and quarterback Jacob Huesman (UTC).
Brentwood Academy safety William BeAird became the second Eagle to commit somewhere as he committed to the Naval Academy after taking his official visit last weekend.
BeAird (6-0, 190) made 73 tackles for the Eagles, joining teammate Derek King (Vanderbilt) as college bound players for BA.
Down the road from Brentwood Academy, Brentwood High linebacker Josh Killett has committed to Samford, Killett (6-2, 200) made 64 tackles for the Bruins.
Central Arkansas got a commitment from Houston High quarterback Trey Taylor (6-1, 175).
Tennessee State who already has a commitment from Pearl Cohn Athlete Senquay Eichelberger, got another this time from Clarksville Northeast linebacker Anthony Bass.
Carson Newman led by coaching legend Ken Sparks recently received a commitment from Signal Mountain linebacker Gervelle Morgan.
Morgan, who helped his team win the Class 2A state title, was a Class A Mr. Football Lineman finalist and had two sacks in the title game is the first ever Signal Mountain commitment in school history.
Several football players haven’t committed yet but are taking visits here’s a rundown
Antonio Richardson, the state No. 1 recruit formerly of Ensworth, now at Pearl Cohn took a visit to Tennessee last week, some say the Volunteers are the team to beat.
Richardson (6-6, 310) was supposed to visit Miami,FL this weekend but instead will visit Athens and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Cameron Clear (6-6, 265) from Memphis Central, the state’s No. 2 recruit also visited UT last week but will be on the University of Alabama campus this weekend and visit the National Champion Auburn Tigers next weekend
Siegel linebacker Jaiari Dunaway (6-2, 230) visited Kentucky last weekend and is at Tennessee this weekend while Ensworth offensive lineman Keenan Crenshaw received an offer from UAB.
Lake County offensive lineman Bernard Gauldin (6-6, 285) is on the UT-Martin campus this weekend and will take a trip to Tennessee State next weekend.
Gauldin’s teammate quarterback Sam Hays is looking at Lambuth and Cumberland University.
McCallie defensive back Ben Johnston is visiting Centre College this weekend, he is also considering Maryville college, Emory and Henry and Birmingham Southern,.
MBA running back Tyler Franks is choosing between Furman and William and Mary while Jackson Christian defensive tackle Drew Rush (6-3, 340) looks like he will ink with Lambuth.
Davidson Academy running back Justin Williams looks like he is headed to Murray State.
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