East Hamilton TE Lenoir Makes Commitment To Chattanooga

Sunday, October 13, 2013 - by Larry Fleming

Bailey Lenoir, East Hamilton’s standout tight end, has made a verbal commitment to play college football next year at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Lenoir made the commitment to the Mocs on Sunday night. He was at Finley Stadium on Saturday when the Mocs defeated Furman in a Southern Conference game.

“I really enjoyed the game,” said Lenoir, whose father Patrick played football at Tennessee and mother Kristy played volleyball for the Lady Vols. “The atmosphere was great, the stadium is one of the best I’ve seen in for (FCS) schools and coach (Will) Healy did a good job recruiting me.

“At the end, UTC was far ahead of everybody else.”

Lenoir has helped East Hamilton High build a strong playoff team in four short years and is one of several college prospects on the Hurricanes’ current roster. Cornerback Tre Herndon has committed to Vanderbilt and quarterback Hunter Moore says he’s going to Central Arkansas.

East Hamilton reached the Class 2A quarterfinals in 2012 before losing at Columbia. It moved up to Class AAA this season and is 6-1 overall and 3-1 in District 5-AAA and in second place behind Ooltewah.

Lenoir has averaged 23.5 yards on two receptions this season.

“I started playing tight end in the eighth grade,” the 17-year-old Lenoir said. “I asked to play there, but the coaches were already thinking about putting me there. That’s what UTC wants me to play, too.

“And I’ve always wanted to play college ball.”

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

 

 


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