After only two weeks on the job in Knoxville, new Tennessee coach Butch Jones has his first big commitment in recruiting albeit it’s a commitment for the Class of 2014.
Independence Athlete Vic Wharton III gave Jones his commitment on Christmas Day becoming the second player from Tennessee to commit in the Class of 2014 joining Montgomery Bell Academy defensive tackle Jay Robertson who has already committed to Vanderbilt.
Wharton (5-11, 175) was a jack of all trades type player for at Independence as he gained 2,007 total yards with 17 total touchdowns.
He had 21 catches for 330 yards and four touchdowns at wide receiver, he was 32 of 57 passing for 399 yards and four touchdowns, he also had 330 yards rushing with three touchdowns.
He made 43 tackles and intercepted two passes from his cornerback spot but was a big threat returning punts and kicks as he had 948 yards combined with three punt return touchdowns and two kick return touchdowns.
“Vic’s a game changer,” former Independence coach Kevin Dyson said. “He’s a dynamic player that can make a big play every time he touches the football and Coach Jones did a great job of recruiting him and I think Vic was very comfortable with his staff.”
Wharton chose the Volunteers over offers from Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.
Jones was one of the first schools to offer Wharton when he was the coach of Cincinnati so to be able to get his commitment now at UT was a big score for Jones and the Volunteers as they get a late start on recruiting.
Stockstill Commits to Bearcats
Brent Stockstill felt very comfortable with Texas Tech Tommy Tuberville when Tuberville offered him back during football season.
The only reason Stockstill didn’t commit to Tuberville back then was he felt Lubbock, Texas too far away from his family.
Now that Tuberville is the new coach at Cincinnati, it really helped the Bearcats get Stockstill’s commitment.
Stockstill (6-0, 190) committed to Cincinnati recently over offers from Texas Tech, Memphis, Toledo and Western Michigan.
He becomes the Bearcats tenth commitment in the Class of 2013 and the first from the state of Tennessee for the Bearcats.
Cincinnati and then coach Butch Jones signed two Tennessee players last season in the Class of 2012 getting Memphis University School defensive back Alex Dale and Mitchell wide receiver Nathan Cole.
“There is not enough adjectives to explain Brent,” Siegel head coach Greg Wyant said. “I think that they (Cincinnati) are getting a steal.”
I’ve said before that he is the type player that if you don’t recruit him, he will end up beating you when you have to play him.”
Stockstill ran the Stars up tempo offense to the tune of 2,690 yards with 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions, he also ran for an additional 653 yards and 10 more touchdowns as Siegel won a school record 13 games and made the Class 6A semifinal round where they lost to 6A runner up Maryville 47-43 in a game for the ages.
He passed for 376 yards and four touchdowns in the loss to Maryville where he gave an absolutely gutsy performance, a week after tearing the ACL in his right knee in a quarterfinal win over Riverdale.
He is now rehabbing after recently having surgery for the torn ACL and has already gotten rid of his crutches.
“He’s ahead of schedule already in his rehab which doesn’t surprise me, because he is such a hard worker,” Wyant said.
Other Tennessee players who have already committed are Whitehaven wide receiver Justin Hunt (Marshall), Fairley Defensive tackle DeMaris Peppers (Minnesota), Dobyns Bennett wide receiver Malik Foreman (Vanderbilt), Christian Brothers offensive lineman Alexander Karr (Arkansas State), Rhea County offensive lineman Jacob Revis (UTC), Knoxville West linebacker Zach Stuart (Lamar), Grace Christian Academy running back Will McKamey (Navy), Harding Academy defensive end Mack Weaver (Vanderbilt), Memphis East linebacker Marcus Robinson (Arkansas), Clarksville Northeast Athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Tennessee), ECS linebacker Walker Jones (Alabama), St. Benedict running back Jordan Wilkins (Auburn), Brentwood Academy defensive back Jalen Ramsey (USC), Memphis East Offensive Lineman Christian Morris (UCLA), MAHS wide receiver Marquez Lanton (Arkansas State), Brentwood Academy quarterback Max Staver (Florida), Whitehaven defensive back Darius Sims (Vanderbilt), Alcoa offensive lineman Dalton Ownby (MTSU), Shelbyville running back Marquis Morton (MTSU), Signal Mountain quarterback Reese Phillips (Kentucky), CAK wide receiver Josh Smith (Tennessee), CAK offensive lineman Brett Kendrick (Tennessee), Memphis Central defensive end Frank Herron (LSU), Lake County safety Devon Jones (Arkansas State), Memphis East defensive lineman Herbert Moore (Ole Miss), Whitehaven wide receiver Gerald Perry (Vanderbilt), Whitehaven running back Mark Dodson (Ole Miss), MUS linebacker Ford Howell (Wake Forest), Memphis Central wide receiver Latevius Rayford (Vanderbilt), Lenoir City wide receiver Camion Patrick (Tennessee), White Station defensive end Jason Carr (Tennessee) and Bradley Central offensive lineman Austin Sanders (Tennessee).
Bush Resigns from Alma Mater After Just One Season
Cannon County is in the market for another head football coach—their third in three years after head coach and 1981 Cannon County graduate Brent Bush resigned recently.
After a 0-10 season in 2012 and a 20 game losing streak overall, Bush decided to resign so the program could go in a different direction.
The last win for Cannon County was in 2010 as they defeated Upperman 37-36 in the season finale.
The last winning season and playoff appearance for Cannon County was in 2009 when then coach Chad Barger took them to the Class 3A playoffs where they lost to Harpeth 29-20 in the first round and a 6-5 record.
Bush was hired as head coach when Joel Schrenk left to be the head coach at Falkville, AL.
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