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Ty Simpson Commits to Alabama

Ty Simpson had to make one of the biggest decisions of his life Friday afternoon, and every football fan in the state was on the edge of their seat to see where the coveted Westview quarterback recruit would end up. Simpson committed to Alabama, in a recruitment that really kept everyone guessing throughout the process. “It was an extremely difficult decision for me.” said Simpson, “I went to bed with a different school in mind, but I woke up and felt like Alabama was the best place for me.” His final five schools were Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and UT-Martin. One thing that drove Simpson towards Alabama, was the coaching staff. “It really came down to player development and being NFL ready. Being coached by coaches like Nick Saban, Bill O’Brien, and Doug Marrone is something that you won’t find anywhere else.” said Simpson. Simpson is rated as a 5-star quarterback, and was a 3A Mr. Football semifinalist last season. The class of 2022 in Tennessee is arguably one of the best classes the state has ever seen, and not only that, but all of the top recruits are extremely close, so it will be interesting to see how this impacts the decisions of other top prospects in the state.

Highly Rated Quarterback Transfers to Ravenwood

Ravenwood just added a huge piece to their football program at the most important position on the field. Chris Parson has transferred from Red Oak High School in Texas, and enrolled at Ravenwood, Head Coach Will Hester confirmed to stateoftennesseehsfb.com. Parson is ranked as a top 100 recruit in the class of 2023 by 247sports, and already holds offers from schools such as Iowa, TCU, and Virginia Tech. Parson played youth football in Tennessee for several area organizations, before moving to Texas. He has also played at Duncanville High School in Texas, who is recognized as one of the top programs in the entire country. Ravenwood will be looking to replace the production of all-state quarterback Trevor Andrews in 2021, and Parson has the capability to be a very good replacement.

Top 25 Uncommitted Players from the Class of 2022

Walter Nolen, St. Benedict at Auburndale Nolen is a 6’4 300 defensive lineman, who currently holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and LSU. Nolen is the number one rated prospect in the entire nation, according to the 247sports composite rankings. Ty Simpson, Westview Simpson is a 6’2 185 quarterback, who currently holds offers from schools such as Alabama, Clemson, and Georgia. Simpson is a consensus top-100 recruit, nationally. Jordan James, Oakland James is a 5’10 200 running back, who currently has a top schools list of Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida State. In his junior season, James ran for 1,521 yards and 20 touchdowns, including winning MVP honors in the 6A state title game with 226 yards and six touchdowns. Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers Hayden is a 5’11 192 running back, who currently holds offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Tennessee. Hayden ran for 2,010 yards and 24 touchdowns in his junior season, along with being named a Mr. Football finalist. Langston Patterson, CPA Patterson is a 6’1 215 linebacker and running back, who currently holds offers from schools such as Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Patterson finished with 733 yards and 13 touchdowns rushing, while also racking up 72 tackles and 19 TFLs defensively Taylor Groves, East Robertson Groves is a 6’2 175 athlete, who currently holds offers from schools such as LSU, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss. Groves played primarily on the defensive side of the ball, but missed some time due to injuries during the season. Groves gained 464 yard of offense with 7 touchdowns, along with 55 tackles and 2 interceptions on defense. Kenzy Paul, McCallie Paul is a 6’1 192 wide receiver and defensive back, who currently holds offers from schools such as Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Indiana. Paul really had a breakout season for McCallie, which has allowed him to gain several power five offers. Isaiah Horton, Oakland Horton is a 6’3 190 wide receiver, who currently holds offers from schools such as Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida. Horton gained 635 yards and 7 touchdowns receiving in his Junior season. Keaten Wade, Summit Wade is a 6’4 210 linebacker, who currently holds offers from schools such as Oklahoma, LSU, and Tennessee. Wade missed most of his junior season with injury, before returning for Summit’s semifinal and state championship matchup. Barion Brown, Pearl-Cohn Brown is a 6’1 160 wide receiver, who currently holds offers from schools such as LSU, Georgia, and Auburn. Brown gained 596 yard and 7 touchdowns receiving in a limited season for the Firebirds, Cameron Miller, Memphis Academy of Health Sciences

Hudson Wolfe flips from Tennessee to Ole Miss

On Thursday, December 10th, Volunteer fans woke up to the announcement of Hudson Wolfe’s decommit to Tennessee. The Savannah, Tennessee native gained national attention by climbing to the number two ranked tight end in the nation, per Rivals.com. Wolfe committed to Tennessee this summer, on June 15th, naming Alabama, Georgia, Ole Miss, and Ohio State in his top 5. Wolfe announced his commitment to the University of Mississippi the day after his decommitment from the Volunteers. Ole Miss is known for producing quality tight ends, sending two to the NFL since 2017, both inside the first 35 picks. Wolfe has been noted as a vertical threat, utilizing his height, and exceptional hands. Ole Miss flipped the 4-star, with Wolfe likely seeing the spread offense as a better opportunity to show his talents as a receiving threat.

Weekly Recap: Dec.7th-Dec.13th

Mr. Winners were announced: 6A CJ Taylor of Warren County, 5A Prince Kollie of David Crockett, 4A Troy Parker Hughes of Elizabethton, 3A Grey Carroll of Alcoa, 2A Khalik Ganaway of Peabody, 1A Hunter Frame of South Pittsburg, DII-AAA Dallan Hayden of Christian Brothers, DII-AA Dietrick Pennington of ECS, and DII-A Griffin Swinea of Davidson Academy. Hudson Wolfe, a top-10 2021 prospect in the state out of Hardin County, flipped his commitment from Tennessee to Ole Miss. Ravenwood brings back former state champion coach at the school, Will Hester, after Matt Daniels resigns. The number two prospect in the state for the class of 2022, Westview quarterback Ty Simpson, releases his Top 10 schools. These schools include Florida, Texas, UT-Martin, Ole Miss, Auburn, Alabama, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Clemson. 3A Mr. Football finalist, Pearl-Cohn quarterback, Martino Owens committed to Tennessee State. White Station Athlete Brandon Harris commits to Memphis. Portland promoted Wes Inman to be their new head football coach. 6A Mr. Football finalist and the leading rusher in the state, McMinn County running back Jalen Hunt, committed to Tennessee State. 6A Mr. Football semifinalist, Independence athlete Jaxson Campbell, committed to Navy. Riverdale 4-star defensive lineman, Javon Nelson, committed to Memphis. Kicker of the Year finalist, Connor Wood of Lexington, committed to Duke. Brentwood linebacker, Spencer Rich, committed to Memphis Stateoftennesseehsfb.com released All-State teams for class 3A-6A this week. Here are team schedules that were released this week:

stateoftennesseehsfb.com's 4A All-State Team

QB: Axel Aldino, Dekalb County, Sr. QB: Bryson Rollins, Elizabethton, Jr. QB: Rivers Hunt, Hardin County, Sr. HB: Isaiah McClaine, Lexington, So. HB: Corterrion Moore, Ripley, Sr. HB: Josh Miller, Anderson County, Sr. HB: John Whitley, Hardin County, Sr. WR: Parker Hughes, Elizabethton, Sr. WR: Desmond Nokes, Dekalb County, Sr. WR: Kaydin Pope, Hardin County, Jr. WR: Alvin House III, Jackson North Side, Sr. TE: Landon Whittemore, Macon County, Sr. OL: Cole Morganstern, Elizabethton, Sr. OL: Ian Poe, Tullahoma, Jr. OL: Clay Odom, Greeneville, Sr. OL: Josh Williams, Lexington, Sr. OL: Will Lucas, White House, Sr. ATH: Jakobe Thomas, Tullahoma, Sr. ATH: Kevontez Hudson, Springfield, Sr. K: Connor Wood, Lexington, Sr. DEFENSE DL: Grant Reeder, Nolensville, Sr. DL: Tyreek Nard, Tullahoma, Sr. DL: Kevarius Smith, Springfield, Jr. DL: Trent Taylor, Elizabethton, Jr. LB: Stone Cummins, Anderson County, Sr. LB: Deuce Morton, Elizabethton, Sr. LB: Christian Stacey, Marshall County, Sr. LB: Anthony Brewer, Haywood, Jr. DB: Elijah Donaldson, Creek Wood, Sr. DB: Jaylen Lewis, Haywood, Jr. DB: Colton Dobson, Nolensville, Sr. DB: Isaac Knowles, Dekalb County, Jr. P: Daniel Bethel, Anderson County, Sr.

stateoftennesseehsfb.com 5A All-State Team

QB: Jordyn Potts, Powell, So. QB: Destin Wade, Summit, Jr. QB: Cole Henson, Morristown East, Sr. RB: Jermarcus Johnson, Henry County, Sr. RB: Shawn Gary, South-Doyle, Jr. RB: De’sean Bishop, Karns, So. RB: Tysean Jefferson, Beech, Sr. WR: Liam Fortner, Knoxville Central, Sr. WR: Brody Swafford, Walker Valley, Sr. WR: Brady Pierce, Summit, Jr. WR: Micah Simpson, Morristown East, Jr. TE: Terrell Brown, South-Doyle, Sr. OL: Jacob Hood, Hillsboro, Jr. OL: Nicolas Edwards, Clarksville, Sr. OL: Camron Gann, Powell, Jr. OL: Kane Lewis, Knoxville West, Sr. OL: Marshall Jefferson, Shelbyville, Sr. ATH: Prince Kollie, David Crockett, Sr. ATH: Kade Cunningham, Shelbyville, Jr. K: Ewan Johnson, South-Doyle, Sr. DEFENSE DL: Jaxon Adams, Oak Ridge, Sr. DL: Xander Allen, Halls, Sr. DL: Gage Robinson, Clarksville Northeast, Sr. DL: Tony Davis, David Crockett, Sr. LB: Drew Fisher, Rhea County, Jr. LB: Kalib Fortner, Knoxville Central, Sr. LB: Jacob Berven, Oak Ridge, Jr. LB: Ethan Scott, Knoxville West, Sr. DB: Jawon Odoms, Henry County, Sr. DB: Carson Whitehead, Powell, Jr. DB: Jaden Keller, Tennessee, Sr. DB: Preston Turner, Oak Ridge, Sr.

Mr. Football Winners Announced

The Mr. Football winners were announced Tuesday morning at Nissan Stadium, and here are the winners. 6A CJ Taylor, Warren County Taylor was a senior dual-threat quarterback, who passed for 492 yards and 3 touchdowns, while also running for 1,764 yards and 23 touchdowns. He was also very good defensively this season, accumulating 57 tackles and 3 INTs. Taylor is committed to Vanderbilt. 5A Prince Kollie, David Crockett Kollie is a senior running back and linebacker, who ran for 1,562 yards and 26 TDs, while also accumulating 109 tackles and 11 TFLs on defense. Kollie is committed to Notre Dame. 4A Parker Hughes, Elizabethton Hughes is a senior wide receiver, running back, and safety, who ran for 539 yards, had 1,326 receiving yards, and 27 total touchdowns. Hughes also had 45 tackles and 6 Interceptions on defense. Hughes led Elizabethton to their second consecutive state title this season. 3A Grey Carroll, Alcoa Carroll is a senior defensive lineman, who racked up 64 tackles, 24 TFLs, and 8 Sacks on the season. Carroll led Alcoa to their sixth consecutive state championship this season. Carroll is committed to Georgia Tech. 2A Khalik Ganaway, Peabody Ganaway is a junior running back, who rushed for 1,860 yards and 24 touchdowns, while leading Peabody to their third consecutive state title. 1A Hunter Frame, South Pittsburg Frame is a senior running back, who rushed for 1,848 yards and 36 touchdowns this season, while leading South Pittsburg to the 1A state title game. DII-AAA Dallan Hayden, Christian Brothers Hayden is a junior running back, who rushed for 2,010 yard and 24 touchdowns this season. He has several high major offers as a junior. DII-AA Dietrick Pennington, ECS Pennington is a senior offensive and defensive lineman, who paved the way for a dynamic running game at ECS. Pennington is committed to Clemson. DII-A Griffin Swinea, Davidson Academy Swinea is a senior running back, who ran for 1,922 yards and 34 touchdowns. He led Davidson Academy to their third consecutive state title this season.

6A All-State Team

QB: Cade Granzow, Brentwood, Sr. QB: Trevor Andrews, Ravenwood, Sr. QB: Connor Beavon, Franklin, Sr. RB: Ray Banner, Lavergne, Sr. RB: Jalen Hunt, McMinn County, Sr. RB: Robert Giamio, Bartlett, Sr. RB: Jordan James, Oakland, Jr. WR: Walker Merrill, Brentwood, Sr. WR: Isaiah Horton, Oakland, Jr. WR: Matt White, Farragut, Sr. WR: Tyroid Good, Cane Ridge, Sr. TE: Jake Briningstool, Ravenwood, Sr. OL: Bryce Goodner, McMinn County, Sr. OL: Jason Amsler, Franklin, Sr. OL: Fisher Anderson, Franklin, Jr. OL: Graham Keating, Oakland, Sr. OL: Harry Wilkes, Houston, Sr. ATH: CJ Taylor, Warren County, Sr. ATH: Jaxson Campbell, Independence, Sr. K: Trey Turk, Oakland, Sr. DEFENSE DL: Javon Nelson, Riverdale, Sr. DL: Ethan Hassler, Collierville, Sr. DL: Eric Gaston, Cane Ridge, Jr. DL: Ethan McLaurin, Oakland, Jr. LB: Spencer Rich, Brentwood, Sr. LB: Junior Colson, Ravenwood, Sr. LB: Caleb Herring, Riverdale, So. LB: Eli Purcell, Farragut, Sr. DB: Myles Pollard, Ravenwood, Jr. DB: John Howse, Brentwood, Sr. DB: DJ Burks, Maryville, Jr. DB: Kobe Manning, Oakland, Sr.

Peabody Uses Strong First Half to Win 3rd Consecutive 2A BlueCross Bowl Over Meigs County

Peabody used a very strong first half to beat Meigs County Saturday afternoon, and earn their 37th consecutive win, along with their 3rd consecutive BlueCross Bowl victory. Led by MVP Drequan Vaughn and a strong defensive effort, Peabody played to their strengths and came out with a victory. Vaughn finished with 17 Carries for 90 Yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground in the game. Drequan Vaughn got Peabody on the board in the first quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run, in which he carried several defenders into the endzone with him. It was his first of three first half touchdown runs. Meigs County had a 51-yard game tying touchdown pass that was called back for an illegal chop block, and this really seemed to kill their momentum offensively. Vaughn found the endzone two more times from short distances to extend the Golden Tide’s lead to 21-0 going into halftime. The Peabody defense dominated the entire first half, holding Meigs County to only 36 total yards. The Golden Tide had all the momentum headed into the locker room, as they dominated in every aspect of the game in the first half. The second half looked like it would be much of the same as Peabody picked off Logan Carroll for six to extend the lead to 28-0 in the third quarter. Just as Peabody looked like they might get a running clock, Meigs County started to make a comeback effort. The Tigers drove down and punched it on a 2-yard touchdown by Mr. Football finalist Will Meadows to make it 28-7. Meigs County then got a much needed fumble recovery, followed by another touchdown on a 1-yard touchdown run by Carroll, followed by a missed extra point to cut the Peabody lead to 28-13. Peabody crushed any hopes of a Meigs County comeback as they drove the ball down, and extended their lead to 35-13 on a 3-yard run by Sam Driggers late in the fourth. This was the dagger for the Golden Tide, as chants of “three-peat” rang throughout the stadium. This is Peabody’s 37th straight win overall, and their 3rd consecutive BlueCross Bowl victory. They will look for a 4th overall as they move down to 1A next season.
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