Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones and his coaching staff received a big recruiting boost on Friday afternoon as Memphis University School rising senior linebacker Tim Hart committed to the Volunteers.
Hart (6-1, 220) becomes the 12th commitment for the Volunteers for the Class of 2016 and fourth in state get for Tennessee joining Sevier County Athlete Dorian Banks, Brentwood Academy offensive Ryan Johnson and Christian Academy of Knoxville tight end Austin Pope.
“Tim has been an excellent player for us the past two years. I believe he is an excellent player but I know he is a young man of excellent character. Any team that gets him will be glad they did,” MUS head coach Bobby Alston said.
He chose the in state Volunteers over SEC offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Missouri as well as offers from California, Illinois, Indiana and Memphis.
Hart was a big time playmaker for the Owls in 2014 as he registered 77 tackles, four quarterback hurries, three sacks and made one interceptions for MUS.
Catholic’s Rodgers Commits to USC
Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Amari Rodgers had a great performance at the Rising Stars camp on the campus of Southern California over the last couple of days.
The Class of 2017 recruit capped his performance off by committing to the Trojans and becoming the second commitment in USC’s 2017 class.
Rodgers (5-10, 200) will play for his dad Tee Martin, the ex- Tennessee Volunteer quarterback who lead the Vols to the 1998 National Title.
Besides bring an ace recruiter for USC, Martin also coaches the Trojan wide receivers, so father will get to coach his son.
Rodgers chose the Trojans over offers from LSU, Duke, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Clemson and Memphis.
“I am extremely happy for Amari, he is an outstanding athlete but more importantly a young man of high character and has a great attitude on and off the field,” Knoxville Catholic head coach Steve Matthews said.
Independence WR Nate Johnson Commits to Purdue
Class of 2016 wide receiver Nate Johnson has committed to Big 10 school Purdue.
Johnson (5-11, 175) chose the Boilermakers over Army, Appalachian State, Chattanooga, Furman, Illinois State, Tennessee State and UT-Martin among others.
“We are very excited for Nate as He has worked himself into a top notch recruit and Purdue is getting a great athlete and person,” Independence head coach Scott Blade said.
Johnson had a monster season receiving for the Eagles last season as he caught 62 passes for 1,290 yards and scored 17 touchdowns on his way to making the Class 6A All State team.
St. George’s Jacob Still pledges to Arkansas State
St. George’s Class of 2016 offensive lineman Jacob Still has committed to Arkansas State becoming the Red Wolves sixth commitment of the 2016 Class.
Still (6-1, 285) becomes the fourth Memphis area commitment so far this season joining MUS teammates Tim Hart (LB, Tennessee) and Thomas Pickens (ATH, Memphis) as well as White Station wide receiver Dillon Mitchell (Oregon).
Still becomes the 16th commitment in the Class of 2016 joining Independence MUS linebacker Tim Hart (Tennessee), 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.
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