Middle Tennessee State has been on a recruiting roll the last several weeks.
The Blue Raiders come into the month of July with only two Class of 2016 commitments but Blue Raider head coach Rick Stockstill and his staff have reversed their fortunes getting five commitments in a three week period.
The latest commitment is from instate offensive lineman Trey Peters from Harriman high school.
Peters (6-7, 294) is the third in state commitment in the last week for the Blue Raiders joining LaVergne tight end/defensive end Chris Myers and Independence defensive back Kylan Stribling.
Peters chose the Blue Raiders over other offers from Memphis, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State, Cornell, Austin Peay, Furman, ETSU, Georgia Southern and Western Carolina with Vanderbilt and Kentucky also showing interest.
“It just felt like home and the coaches, the atmosphere, the facilities it all came together. And they really made me feel wanted and special and they’re a great group of coaches,” Peters said.
Peters play and leadership on the Blue Devil offensive line is one the reasons, Harriman has made back to back Class 1A playoff appearances.
“Trey has been an integral part of our success in his time here at Harriman,” Harriman head football coach Travis Tapp said. “From the start, MTSU’s coaches told Trey that he was a priority to them and they proved that by being at school on the first day of spring practice and constantly staying in touch with him and that made a big impression on him and because of that, it just felt right to Trey and it made it easy to commit to them.”
Peters becomes the 28th commitments in the Class of 2016 joining LaVergne defensive end Chris Myers (MTSU), MBA tight end Jordan Wilson (UCLA), Brentwood Academy defensive tackle Brandon Adams (Vanderbilt), Alcoa linebacker Mitchell McClurg (Appalachian State), Alcoa defensive end Matthew McClurg (Appalachian State), Nashville Christian linebacker Daniel Bituli (Tennessee), Independence defensive back Kylan Stribling (MTSU), Silverdale long snapper Josh Brady (Jacksonville State), Clarksville defensive tackle Rakavian Poydras (Memphis), Oak Ridge tight end Darel Middleton (Arizona State), Hillsboro safety Malique Fleming (Mercer), St. Georges offensive lineman Jacob Still (Arkansas State), MUS linebacker Tim Hart (Tennessee), Independence wide receiver Nate Johnson (Purdue), MUS Athlete Thomas Pickens (Memphis), Karns Linebacker Devin Harper (Oklahoma State), CAK tight end Austin Pope (Tennessee), East Nashville defensive back DeVarius Cortner (Navy), Liberty linebacker Tadarius Tisdale (Ole Miss), Centennial Linebacker Tyrel Dodson (Texas A&M), Spring Hill quarterback Tylin Oden (Louisville), McCallie defensive back Nygel Edmonds (Stanford), Sevier County quarterback Deuce Wallace (Vanderbilt), Cookeville tight end Gabe Angel (Ole Miss), White Station wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (Oregon), Brentwood Academy offensive lineman Ryan Johnson (Tennessee) and Sevier County Athlete Dorian Banks (Tennessee) as players who have already committed in the Class of 2016.
11 State Players in ESPN Class of 2017 Top 300
ESPN recently released their top 300 players for the Class of 2017 and 11 players from Tennessee made the list.
Three players in made the top 50 as USJ offensive lineman Trey Smith (6-5, 285) leads a strong class as he checks in as the No. 5 prospect overall while Oakland defensive back JaCoby Stevens (6-2, 200) is No. 24 and LaVergne linebacker Malik Gray (6-2, 195) is No. 48.
Oak Ridge wide receiver Tee Higgins (6-4, 180) and MBA running back Ty Chandler (6-0, 180) made the Top 100 list as Higgins is No. 83 and Chandler is No. 93.
Lausanne offensive lineman Isaiah Stokes (6-8, 280) is No. 129, USC commitment Amari Rodgers (5-10, 195) from Knoxville Catholic ranks at No. 175 and Trezevant running back Cordarrian Richardson (5-10, 225) is No. 183 while three players round out the top 300 in LaVergne wide receiver Princeton Fant (6-1, 180) is No. 235, East Nashville linebacker Jacob Phillips is No. 294 and Hillsboro defensive tackle Ben Hutch (6-2, 270) is No. 299.
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