WR Pearson, OL Blair Headline Tennessee's JUCO Signees

Both Have 4-Star Ratings; Receiver Had Five 200-Yard Games, One 300-Plus

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com
- photo by UT Athletics

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - It's national JUCO signing day and Butch Jones has officially announced the addition of some new Volunteers:

VON PEARSON
R-Junior • Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 185
Newport News, Va./Denbigh/Feather River (Calif.) College

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 4 overall prospect, No. 2 wide receiver, No. 2 prospect in California)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 2 overall prospect, No. 2 wide receiver)
Rivals: 4-star
Scout: 4-star

Coach Zach Azzanni on Pearson: "Von was as productive of a player as there was in all of junior college football this past season. He brings instant help as a threat on the outside to our offense."

At Feather River College
• Starred at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., for coach J.D. Johnson
• Offensive MVP of the Mid-Empire Conference
• Named First Team All-Conference in the Mid-Empire Conference in 2012 and 2013
• Posted national-leading 93 receptions for 1,601 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013
• Had more than 200 receiving yards in a game on five occasions, including single-game totals of 311, 237, 235, 222 and 201
• Racked up career-best and school records with 311 receiving yards on 19 receptions with three touchdowns vs. Sierra (9/14/13)
• Holds or shares every Feather River receiving record, including single-season receptions (93), career receptions (132), single-season receiving yards (1,601), career receiving yards (2,358), single-season touchdowns (12) and career touchdowns (22)
• In 2012, had 39 catches for 757 yards and 10 touchdowns

At Denbigh High School
• Played at Denbigh High School in Newport News, Va., for coach Tracy Harrod, graduating in 2010
• Earned First Team All-Peninsula honors as a receiver and second-team as a defensive back in his senior year
• Named Daily Press Offensive All-Star as a senior in 2009
• Led area receivers with 50 receptions for 880 yards and seven touchdowns
• Honored with All-District accolades in 2009
• Played basketball with the Patriots

Personal:
Full name: LaVon Terrell Pearson
Born: June 23, 1991
Son of Jessie Lewis

8:34 a.m.

OWEN WILLIAMS
R-Junior • Defensive Line • 6-2 • 285
Macon, Ga./Westside/Butler (Kansas) C.C.

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 17 defensive tackle, No. 18 prospect in Kansas)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 40 overall prospect, No. 12 defensive tackle)
Rivals: 3-star
Scout: 2-star

Coach Steve Stripling on Williams: "Owen is very active and plays with a high motor. He has outstanding strength and uses his hands very well. His activity and play making abilities helped Butler CC to successful season and Owen had a great performance in their bowl game."

At Butler C.C.
• Two-year starter at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas for coach Troy Morrell
• Second Team NJCAA All-American in 2013
• 2013 First Team All-Conference in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
• Helped Grizzlies to 2013 Graphic Edge Bowl, making nine tackles in the game
• Led conference in sacks with 7.0 for 50 yards, as part of team-best 15.5 TFLs in 2013
• Piled up 48 tackles and forced a fumble in 2013
• Helped Grizzlies to 2012 KJCCC regular-season and playoff championships
• Racked up 49 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2012
• Also forced two fumbles and recovered one in 2012

At Westside High School
• Lettered at Westside High School in Macon Ga., for coach Sheddrick Risper
• All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Associated in Class AAAA as a junior totaling 86 tackles and 15 sacks
• First Team All-Region 2-AAA, First Team All-Bibb County and Second Team All-Middle as a senior
• Georgia Macon Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week for Oct. 8, 2010 after posting 15 tackles and three sacks in a win
• Played in GACA North-South All-Star Football Classic
• Seminoles compiled a 31-6 record in his three varsity seasons
• Originally signed with Georgia Southern in 2011

Personal:
• Full Name: Owen Vidal Williams III
• Born: Sept. 29, 1991
• Son of Shawn and Owen Williams Jr.

9:37 a.m.

DONTAVIUS BLAIR
Junior • Offensive Line • 6-8 • 300
Anniston, Ala./Anniston/Garden City (Kansas) C.C.

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 8 JUCO prospect, No. 4 offensive tackle, No. 2 prospect in Kansas)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 26 JUCO prospect, No. 6 offensive tackle)
Rivals: 4-star
Scout: 4-star

Coach Don Mahoney on Blair: "Dontavius has a tremendous attitude and high character. He is very mature and experienced having played two seasons in junior college. He is a perfect fit for what we are looking for as a tackle."

At Garden City C.C.
• Two-year starter at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, playing for Matt Miller
• 2013 First Team All-Conference in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
• Played in the Football Capital Bowl of Kansas in 2013
• Played and started all 17 games in his junior college career
• Helped Broncbusters to 2012 KJCCC Semifinals

At Anniston High School
• Four-year starter at Anniston High School in Alabama for coach Eddie Bullock
• First Team Class 4A All-State as a senior
• Helped pave the way for the state's leading rusher (Troymaine Pope), who gained 2,539 yards and scored 31 touchdowns
• Graded out 93 percent on the offensive line
• Started 50 career games on the offensive line
• Posted more than 200 pancake blocks in his prep career
• Also played basketball and averaged 9.5 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior

Personal:
• Full Name: Dontavius Q. Blair
• Born: Oct. 25, 1993
• Son of Kim Blair and Lorenzo Swink

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

 


UTC Hoops: Notebook: Mocs Top Marshall – The Rivalry is Back

Senior Tre’ McLean scored a career-high 35 points, UTC beat an old rival, Mocs fans (3,064 announced attendance) came out to cheer and support, Toys for Tots folks received lots of gifts for needy kids and all in all it was an excellent night at McKenzie Arena. High-scoring, talented Marshall came to town Tuesday looking for a win and to rekindle a long time rivalry from ... (click for more)

Lady Flames Dominate In 73-47 Win Over Auburn Montgomery

The Lee women's basketball team made it five wins in a row as it used a dominating second half performance to cruise by Auburn Montgomery, 73-47 on Tuesday evening in Walker Arena. The Lady Flames held a slim 22-18 lead at the half after shooting just 28 percent from the field but rolled out of the halftime break shooting 55.8 percent from the field while canning five treys ... (click for more)

2 Juveniles Arrested For Arson In Sevier County Fires

An investigation by special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two people in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.  Last week, at the request of 4 th  District Attorney General ... (click for more)

Shannon Whitfield Already At Work Eliminating Sole Commissioner Post In Walker County; Process To Take 4 Years

Shannon Whitfield is already at work eliminating the position he won by a landslide in the recent election. Mr. Whitfield, who takes over at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1 after a 16-year reign by Bebe Heiskell, noted, however, that it is a four-year process. He said the two House members and local senator are working with him on legislation that must first be approved. That should ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: You Can’t Sue You

The Hamilton County School Board will convene an hour earlier tomorrow to discuss “facilities” and the question of the hour is “Which ones?” Several communities are actively studying pulling away from the county’s Department of Education and the stew is thickening by the day. Now comes the revelation that school board attorney Scott Bennett has sent an email to the town of Signal ... (click for more)