Whitehaven wide receiver Kerrick Jones will head to the Naval Academy next season as he committed to the Midshipmen recently.
Jones (6-0, 175) chose Navy over offers from Cornell and had garnered interest from Illinois, Purdue, Rice and Wake Forest and will join East Nashville defensive back DeVarius Cortner as Midshipman commitments from Tennessee.
“Navy is getting a steal. Top flight talent at wide receiver, great route runner, a big time playmaker but an even better young man of character,” Whitehaven head football Rodney Saulsberry said.
“Excellent student of the game and especially in the classroom. Epitome of a student-athlete that other programs are sleeping on right now. Will give Navy a dynamic in their offense that they don’t have at wide receiver.”
Jones becomes the 30th commitments in the Class of 2016 joining Brentwood Academy offensive lineman Bryce Matthews (Ole Miss), Harriman offensive tackle Trey Peters (MTSU), 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), Lexington 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.
Oak Ridge WR Tee Higgins Commits to Tennessee
Tee Higgins found an interesting way to announce his commitment to the University of Tennessee as he was surrounded by family and friends as he announced his commitment in a video that was posted on Twitter.
Higgins considered by some of the best prospect in the Volunteer state for the Class of 2017 continues the hot recruiting by the Volunteers as they had received a commitment from the No. 1 pro style quarterback Hunter Johnson from Brownsburg (IN) on Sunday.
“Tee is a wide receiver who honestly has no weaknesses. He has great speed, he has great vision, he can jump better than most, he can run great routes, he has great hands, and he is a very good blocker. While he can improve in all of the areas I mentioned, he is further along than any receiver I’ve coached in four decades at this stage of his career,” Oak Ridge head coach Joe Gaddis said. “In addition, he is a great young man and a guy that everyone likes. Tennessee has gotten a great player, even a better person, and than goodness for us, that he’s just a junior.”
Higgins (6-4, 185) chose the hometown Vols over offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech and is the third Class of 2017 commitment in the state joining Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Amari Rodgers (USC) and Page kicker Brent Cimaglia (Southern Mississippi).
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