Mocs Unveil 17 Signees

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

UTC head football coach Russ Huesman announced the Mocs’ 2013 Signing Class today. Chattanooga inked 15 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent and recognized two newcomers already enrolled at UTC. The Mocs recruiting base included seven from Georgia, four from Alabama and Tennessee and one each from Florida and West Virginia.

The class has 11 offensive players and six on the defensive side of the ball. There are 12 prospects with at least two stars and nine all-state honorees.

Both are the most in any one signing class in the Huesman era. Nine of the 17 newcomers also earned academic honors during their prep careers.

The list is highlighted by a group of local student-athletes, including linebacker David Morgan (6-2, 210), offensive linemen Hunter Townson (6-4, 280) and Jacob Revis (6-2, 295) and defensive lineman D.J. Prather (6-4, 235). Townson, a two-star prospect, graduated from Ider High School in Ider, Ala., and is already enrolled at UTC. Morgan was a two-time all-district performer at Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tenn. Prather (Gordon Central HS - Calhoun, Ga.) and Revis (Rhea County HS - Dayton, Tenn.) were both all-state players and members of the Chattanooga Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen.

Other student-athletes from Tennessee include All-American receiver Davis Howell (6-2, 190) from Knoxville and offensive lineman Logan Teichmann (6-4, 270) from Brentwood. Howell broke the national prep career record with 358 catches and won two state titles at the Christian Academy of Knoxville. Teichmann, an all-state performer and two-star prospect at Brentwood High School, is the son of former UTC kicker Jack Teichmann (1981-83).

Offensive lineman Channing Smith (6-4, 280) is the lone transfer in the group. He joined the Mocs after spending the previous two seasons at Marshall. The former all-state prep player from Kermit, W.Va., has three years of eligibility remaining.

Prather, Revis and Teichmann are three of the 12 two-star or higher recruits to sign with the Mocs. Others include quarterback Alejandro Bennifield (6-2, 215), tight end Malcolm Colvin (6-2, 215), running back Derrick Craine (5-10, 205), linebacker T.J. Jenkins (6-2, 210), defensive lineman Taylor Reynolds (6-3, 270) and receiver Alphonso Stewart (6-3, 190).

Bennifield guided Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga., to the 6A title game in 2012, throwing for 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns. Colvin made the first team All-Sun News and Macon Telegraph All-Middle Georgia Teams as a senior at Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Ga.

Craine was a member of the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State team from Union Grove High School in McDonough, Ga. He ran for more than 2,000 yards and 26 TDs as a senior. Jenkins was a standout at Plant High School in Tampa, Fla., while Stewart was the team MVP at Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Ala. Reynolds is a three-star prospect from McAdory High School in McCalla, Ala. He led the team to the Alabama 5A state title game with a 14-1 record in 2012.

The Mocs welcome three other Georgia natives in the fall, including Xavier Borishade (5-10, 170), Tyler Roberson (6-4, 210) and Jerkerious Scott (6-0, 195). Borishade was named First Team Class 6A All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Association following his senior season at North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga. Roberson was an allstate quarterback and two-star prospect at Augusta Christian School in Martinez, Ga. He was also the Augusta Council Independent Player of the Year with 19 TDs and 2,017 passing yards. Scott was an All-Region Offensive Player of the Year and two-star player at Terrell County High School in Dawson, Ga.

UTC also adds one more from Alabama in defensive back Lucas Webb (6-1, 190). Webb was a two-time Outstanding Defensive Back Award winner at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Ala.

Fans are encouraged to attend tonight’s Signing Day Celebration presented by Zaxby’s at the Stadium Club in Finley Stadium. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) with the program beginning at 5:45 p.m.

NAME POS HT. WT. CL.-EXP HOMETOWN (LAST SCHOOL)

Alejandro Bennifield QB 6-2 215 Fr.-HS Lovejoy, Ga. (Lovejoy HS)

Xavier Borishade WR 5-10 170 Fr.-HS Kennesaw, Ga. (North Cobb HS)

Malcolm Colvin TE 6-2 215 Fr.-HS Fort Valley, Ga. (Peach County HS)

Derrick Craine RB 5-10 205 Fr.-HS McDonough, Ga. (Union Grove HS)

Davis Howell WR 6-2 190 Fr.-HS Knoxville, Tenn. (Christian Academy)

T.J. Jenkins LB 6-2 210 Fr.-HS Tampa, Fla. (Plant HS)

David Morgan LB 6-2 210 Fr.-HS Cleveland, Tenn. (Cleveland HS)

D.J. Prather DE 6-4 235 Fr.-HS Calhoun, Ga. (Gordon Central HS)

Jacob Revis OL 6-2 295 Fr.-HS Dayton, Tenn. (Rhea County HS)

Taylor Reynolds DT 6-3 270 Fr.-HS McCalla, Ala. (McAdory HS)

Tyler Roberson QB 6-4 210 Fr.-HS Martinez, Ga. (Augusta Christian)

Jerkerious Scott DB 6-0 195 Fr.-HS Dawson, Ga. (Terrell County HS)

Channing Smith* OL 6-4 280 So.-TR Kermit, W.Va. (Marshall)

Alphonso Stewart WR 6-3 190 Fr.-HS Robertsdale, Ala. (Robertsdale HS)

Logan Teichmann OL 6-4 270 Fr.-HS Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS)

Hunter Townson* OL 6-4 280 Fr.-HS Ider, Ala. (Ider HS)

Lucas Webb DB 6-1 190 Fr.-HS Northport, Ala. (Tuscaloosa County HS)

Quick Notes on Chattanooga’s 2013 Recruiting Class

 

- From Alabama (4) - Reynolds, Stewart, Townson, Webb.

- From Florida (1) - Jenkins.

- From Georgia (7) – Bennifield, Borishade, Colvin, Craine, Prather, Roberson, Scott.

- From West Virginia (1) - Smith.

- From Tennessee (4) – Howell, Morgan, Revis, Teichmann.

- From the Chattanooga Area (4) – Morgan, Prather, Revis, Townson.

- Transfers (1) - Smith.

- Early enrollees (1) - Townson.

- Offensive Players (11) – Bennifield, Borishade, Colvin, Craine, Howell, Revis,

Roberson, Smith, Stewart, Teichmann, Townson.

- Defensive Players (6) – Jenkins, Morgan, Prather, Reynolds, Scott, Webb.

- Three-star recruit (1) - Reynolds.

- Two-star recruit (11) - Bennifield, Colvin, Craine, Jenkins, Prather, Revis,

Roberson, Scott, Stewart, Teichmann, Townson.

- With Academic Honors (9) – Craine, Prather, Revis, Roberson, Scott, Smith, Stewart,

Townson, Webb.

- All-State (8) – Borishade, Craine, Howell, Prather, Revis, Reynolds, Roberson,

Teichmann, Townson.

- All-American (1) - Howell.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen (2) – Prather, Revis.

- State Champions (3) – Howell (Tennessee AAA - 2011-12),

Jenkins (Florida 8A - 2011), Roberson (SCISA AAA – 2012).

 

Alejandro Bennifield – QB – 6-2 – 215 – Fr.-HS – Hampton, Ga. (Lovejoy HS)

 

Two-star quarterback prospect according to Rivals.com ... two-time all-region at Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga. ... played for head coach

Al Hughes ... guided Lovejoy to the 6A championship game with 2,576 yards and 32 TDs as a senior ... led the Wildcats to a 14-1 record and

the 4A state title game as a junior when he threw for 1,500 yards and 18 TDs ... also lettered in basketball and track & field ... PERSONAL …full

name is Alejandro Marquis Bennifield ... born Oct. 16, 1994 ... son of Alex and Jennifer Bennifield ... undecided on a major.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Alejandro Bennifield:

 

““Alejandro was in our camp this summer. We loved him. Unbelievable arm strength, great leadership, his team was in the state championship

game. He came in the summer, and I think he fell in love with this place. We fell in love with him. What a great addition for us. He was one of our

first commitments, and hung in there a long time with us with a lot of people looking at him, and trying to get him to change his mind. We feel like

he can spin it, and we are excited to have Alejandro.”

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Xavier Borishade – WR – 5-10 – 170 – Fr.-HS – Kennesaw, Ga. (North Cobb HS)

 

All-state receiver from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, Ga. ... named First Team Class 6A All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Association

... played for head coach Shane Queen ... had 55 catches for 1,108 yards and 13 TDs as a senior ... Cobb County Receiver of the Year ...

played in the Cobb County All-Star game ... guided NCHS to a playoff win for the first time since 1959, advancing to the state semifinals for the

first time in school history with a 10-3 record ... same high school as current Moc Derrick Lott ... earned the Captains Award ... PERSONAL

full name is Xavier Harrison Borishade ... born Aug. 12, 1995 ... son of Alicia and Foley Borishade ... has a younger sister, Olivia ... undecided

on a major.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Xavier Borishade:

 

“Xavier came in the middle of January. We like him from day one. We think he’s going to be a great inside receiver for us. He can run. Same high

school as Derrick Lott, so we’ve had some nice success there. Great kid, great family. We are excited to have him in the program. I think he can

do a lot of things in the return game. Like I said, inside slot receiver, great hands, and excellent speed.”

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Malcolm Colvin – TE – 6-2 – 215 – Fr.-HS – Fort Valley, Ga. (Peach County HS)

 

Two-star tight-end prospect according to Rivals.com ... First Team All-Sun News and Macon Telegraph All-Middle Georgia Teams as a senior at

Peach County High School in Fort Valley, Ga. ... had six catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns ... played for head coach Chad Campbell

... led PCHS to the state quarterfinals with an 11-2 record as a senior ... played in the state title game as a junior when PCHS went 12-3 ...

threw the discus for the track team as a sophomore and junior ... PERSONAL …born Feb. 27, 1995 ... son of Rhonda Colvin ... plans to major

in Engineering.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Malcolm Colvin:

 

“Malcolm was in our camp too. We’ve had quite a few guys in our camp, and he was very, very impressive. He could run. Physical looking guy

that played both sides of the ball, but we recruited him as a tight end. We love the speed, we love the athleticism. We’re really excited to have

him. Again, we had him in camp, and we were really impressed with him, not only as a player, but also as a person. We think he’ll be a great

addition for us.”

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Derrick Craine – RB – 5-10 – 205 – Fr.-HS – McDonough, Ga. (Union Grove HS)

 

Two-star running back according to Rivals.com ... member of the Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State team ... 2012 Henry Daily Herald Offensive

Player of the Year ... 2,105 rushing yards with 26 TDs on 273 carries as a senior for head coach Paul Burgdorf ... led the Razor to a 10-2

record, tying a program mark for wins ... selected to play in the Georgia East-West All-Star game ... Honor Roll ... also lettered in baseball ...

PERSONAL …full name is Derrick Donald Craine ... born Sept. 16, 1994 ... son of Don and Sheila Craine ... has two older sisters, Nicole and

Christa ... father played football at Pittsburgh (1973-75) ... plans to major in Sports Medicine.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Derrick Craine:

 

“Derrick was also in our camp, and we really liked him. I think the thing we really like about Derrick is the toughness he brings to that position.

He’ll fit in nicely with a one-back system. I think he can do all those things. He’s got really good speed, he can make you miss. But I think the one

thing about him is that he’s a strong runner. I just love his mental outlook on football, his toughness. He’s football 24 hours a day, seven days a

week. That’s kind of what we were looking for in that position. We were only taking one there this year, and we identified him early on, liked him,

and made the decision. Thank goodness Derrick decided to come here.”

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Davis Howell - WR - 6-2 - 190 - Knoxville, Tenn. (Christian Academy)

 

All-American receiver from Christian Academy of Knoxville in Knoxville, Tenn. ... named 2012 Medium Schools All-American by MaxPreps.com

... national prep career record holder with 358 catches ... led the nation in 2012 with 143 catches ... totaled 1,947 receiving yards and 22 TDs

as a senior ... three-time all-state for head coach Rusty Bradley ... two time state champion with a 28-2 record last two seasons ... played in the

Tennessee East-West All-Star game ... PERSONAL …full name is Davis Sears Howell ... born Feb. 19, 1995 ... son of Todd and Leigh Davis ...

has an older brother, Walker, and two younger brothers, Nolan and Stewart ... father is the weatherman for Knoxville’s NBC affiliate ... played in

the Little League World Series as a youth ... plans to major in Business Entrepreneurship.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Davis Howell:

 

“Davis we’ve known about for a long time. Obviously a lot of people in the state of Tennessee have known about him. He broke the national

high school record for receptions, and I think receiving yards. Again, he brings a toughness and work ethic to the position. Anybody that has that

many catches, and has done that many things on the football field, I think will be a tremendous college football player. Again, great work ethic,

great family. I was very impressed with his mom and dad when they came on the official visit. We’re excited to have him. I think he’ll do great

things here.”

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T.J. Jenkins – LB – 6-2 – 210 – Fr.-HS – Tampa, Fla. (Plant HS)

 

Two-star linebacker prospect according to Rivals.com ... standout player at Plant High School in Tampa, Fla. ... played for head coach Robert

Weiner ... led the Panthers to the 2011 8A Florida state title as a junior ... PHS went 10-2 during his senior season in 2012 ... also lettered in

baseball ... PERSONAL … full name is Terrance L. Jenkins ... born June 15, 1994 ... son of Terrance and Althea Jenkins ... plans to major in

Criminal Justice.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on T.J. Jenkins:

 

“T.J. is a linebacker. We watched him on film. No question, slam dunk. We offered immediately after watching him. Coach Fuller went down to

Florida, and did a great job of recruiting T.J. The one thing I want to say about T.J., not only can he play, but he’s a man of his word. He made a

commitment to Chattanooga and Chattanooga Football, and never wavered one bit. He had a FBS school come in late with a big time relationship

with his high school, and T.J. said no, hung in there with us, and made a commitment. I can’t wait to see him again so I can hug him. Great

kid, and again, from a super family. I think he’s going to be an excellent player for us, and we’re so happy to have him.”

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David Morgan – LB – 6-2 – 215 – Fr.-HS – Chattanooga, Tenn. (Cleveland HS)

 

Two-time all-district at Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tenn. ... played for head coach Ron Crawford ... played in the Tennessee East-West

All-Star game following his senior year ... CHS Linebacker of the Year ... also lettered in basketball and soccer ... PERSONAL … full name is

David Isaiah Morgan .. born Feb. 18, 1995 ... son of Charles and Priscilla Morgan ... has an older brother, Jonathan Adams, who is the Director

of Operations for Mocs basketball ... has an older sister, Michelle, who plays volleyball at Salem College ... father played football at Tennessee

... mother played basketball at N.C. State ... plans to major in Education.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on David Morgan:

 

“We’re excited to have David. What a great young man. Really, really good football player. We’ve seen him, and been around him for a long time.

I think he’s going to be a great addition for us. He brings something to the table. He’s a bigger type of linebacker for us, and anytime you can get

those 215s, 220s coming out of high school, that helps you. David is from a very athletic family. When you’ve got those blood lines, when your

mom played college basketball, your father played college football and your brother is a former college basketball player, normally those genes

are there, and you’ll be really good.”

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D.J. Prather – DL – 6-4 – 235 – Fr.-HS – Calhoun, Ga. (Gordon Central HS)

 

All-state defensive lineman from Gordon Central High School in Calhoun, Ga. ... two-star prospect according ot Rivals.com ... member of the

Chattanooga Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen ... played for head coach Chad Fisher ... two time all-county and all-region selection ... allcounty

in basketball and all-state in track & field ... Honor Roll ... PERSONAL … full name is Dustin Jamal Prather ... born Dec. 19, 1994 ... son

of Prentice and Stephanie Prather ... has one older brother, Dre, who currently plays at Campbell ... undecided on a major.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on D.J. Prather:

 

“D.J. was another one that was in our camp, and I think this guy is a future star. If he works and does what we think he can do, he can be as good

as we’ve had here at the position, and we’ve had a lot of good ones. He’s got a lot of ability, I watched him play basketball, and he’s fluid. D.J. had

a Conference USA school come in, tried to steal him late in the recruiting process. He hung in there, said no, and he made a commitment to Chattanooga

and Chattanooga Football. I’ve already had the opportunity to hug him. When they can hang in there like that with us, with a late push

from FBS schools, that says a lot about him as a person and his family. I just think he’s going to be an excellent addition to our football program.”

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Jacob Revis – OL – 6-2 – 290 – Fr.-HS – Dayton, Tenn. (Rhea County HS)

 

All-state offensive lineman from Rhea County High School in Dayton, Tenn. ... two-star prospect according to Rivals.com and Scout.com ...

three-time all-district for head coach Doug Green ... district offensive lineman of the year as a sophomore ... member of the 2012 Chattanooga

Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen ... also lettered in track & field ... earned Rhea County Academic Champions honors ... PERSONAL …full

name is Jacob Dylan Revis ... born Aug. 14, 1994 ... son of Rusty and Laura Revis ... older brother, Kevin, is a senior offensive lineman for the

Mocs ... plans to major in Exercise Science.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Jacob Revis:

 

“I think a lot of people know about Jacob here. Excellent, excellent, excellent high school football career. He comes from a great family. We have

Kevin on the team, and Kevin is as good as we’ve had at that position, not only as a player, but a person in the program. We feel Jacob is going

to be just the same. He can play. Great leverage, great pad level. I think if he was two inches taller he would’ve been recruited by everybody.

Fortunately for us, he chose Chattanooga. I think with the connection, it helped us. I think he’s going to be a really good player. Again, we get

the Revis family with us for another four or five years, and that makes us feel real good.”

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Taylor Reynolds – DT – 6-3 – 270 – Fr.-HS – McCalla, Ala. (McAdory HS)

 

Three-star defensive line prospect according to 247Sports.com ... honorable mention all-state as a senior at McAdory High School in McCalla,

Ala. ... played for head coach David Powell ... led the team to the Alabama 5A state title game with a 14-1 record as a senior ... named all-west

first team and to the all-metro team ... posted 88 tackles, five sacks and seven TFLs ... listed as one of the top defensive line recruits in Alabama

by Scout.com ... four-year letterwinner on the baseball team ... PERSONAL …full name is Taylor Barclay Reynolds ... born Nov. 29, 1994 ... son

of Aimee and Jeremy Reynolds ... has a younger sister, Hannah ... plans to major in Criminal Justice.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Taylor Reynolds:

 

“I think Taylor maybe the biggest sleeper in this group. When he was recruited, he had some scholarship offers from other people. He’s 6’3”-6’4”,

260 pounds. I think he’s going to be a great, great player. I watched him practice baseball. He’s fluid, he can run. We’re excited to have him. He

came in on an official visit on the first weekend of January, and he was the only prospect in here. We really bonded with him and his family. I

think getting him from Alabama was huge for us, and we’re thrilled to have him.”

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Tyler Roberson – QB – 6-4 – 210 – Fr.-HS – Martinez, Ga. (Augusta Christian)

 

All-state quarterback from Augusta Christian School in Martinez, Ga. ... two-star prospect according Rivals.com ... posted a 13-0 record and won

the 2012 South Carolina Independent Schools AAA State Title ... Augusta Council Independent Player of the Year with 19 TDs and 2,017 passing

yards ... had 1,018 yards and 14 TDs on the ground ... played for head coach Keith Walton ... four-year starter with a 33-15 record ... threw

for over 5,700 yards and 49 TDs in his career ... also lettered in basketball and golf ... BETA Club ... PERSONAL …full name is Tyler Patrick

Roberson ... born May 26 ,1994 ... son of Paula and Cliff Roberson ... has two younger sisters, Carolina & Emily, and a younger brother, Sam

... undecided on a major

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Tyler Roberson:

 

“Tyler was in our camp too. He is a big, athletic quarterback. With him and Alejandro both, we were looking for guys that could throw it. I think

when you watch Tyler on film, you’ll know, he cannot only throw it, but he’s got phenomenal athletic ability. He’s a great kid. We were very, very

excited about him when he was in our camp. When came for the official visit, there was no question that he was the type of quarterback that we

were looking for. He held off a few of our competitors towards the end there in the Southern Conference and hung tough with us. Again, I think

Tyler is going to be a great addition to our football program.”

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Jerkerious Scott – DB – 6-0 – 195 – Fr.-HS – Dawson, Ga. (Terrell County High School)

 

Two-star prospect according to Rivals.com ... all-region offensive player of the year at Terrell County High School in Dawson, Ga. ... played for

head coach William Huff ... two-time team captain and team MVP ... all-district as a junior ... played quarterback where he rushed for over 1,100

yards and for 600 yards ... made 72 total tackles on defense ... also lettered in baseball, basketball and track & field ... member of the National

Honor Society ... all-district in baseball and all-region in track as a junior ... fourth in the state in the 100M and fifth in the state in the 200M ...

PERSONAL … grandson of Patricia Perry ... plans to major in Engineering.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Jerkerious Scott:

 

“Jerkerious played DB, but most of highlights were on the offensive side of the ball. I’ve always said when I recruit secondary people, like a DB,

that I want somebody that has the ball in their hands, and this guy was electric. He was a really, really good defensive player, and there’s no

question he can play safety for us or at any level. But I think the thing that excited me was his speed, his fluidness, had the ball in his hands, he

was a playmaker. I think he’s another one of those that is a sleeper.”

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Channing Smith – OL – 6-4 – 280 – So.-TR – Kermit, W.Va. (Marshall)

 

Transfer from Marshall where he spent the last two seasons ... 2011 graduate of Pike County Central High School in Pikeville, Ky. ... two-time

all-state offensive lineman ... led the Hawks to a 12-2 record as a senior ... played for head coach John Chapman ... all-district in baseball and

basketball ... Honor Roll ... PERSONAL …full name is Michael Channing Smith ... born Oct. 14, 1992 ... son of Bruce Smith and Nancy Null ...

has four younger brothers, Abe, Ethan, Brody, Trey, and a younger sister, Abby ... majoring in Exercise Physiology.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Channing Smith:

 

“We’re excited to have Channing. He actually went through spring as (Marshall’s) starting center. I think the thing we like about him is that he can

play multiple positions. I think he can be a tackle, guard, or center for us. He’s a nice size offensive lineman. Again, he comes from a really good

family, an athletic family. His dad is a basketball coach and a football coach. So we’re very excited to have Channing. He’s looked very good so

far in the weight room, and we’re anxious to get him out there on the field in spring practice.”

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Alphonso Stewart – WR – 6-3 – 190 – Fr.-HS – Robertsdale, Ala. (Robertsdale HS)

 

Two-star wide receiver prospect according to Rivals.com ... team MVP at Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Ala. ... played for head coach

Brian Campbell ... also an all-county honoree in basketball ... Honor Roll ... PERSONAL …full name is Alphonso Damon Marques Stewart ...

born Sept. 15, 1994 ... son of Alphonso and Demetria Stewart ... has two younger sisters, Amirakal and Heavyn, and a younger brother, Isaiah

... father played basketball at Calhoun Community College ... plans to major in Sports Medicine.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Alphonso Stewart:

 

“We’re excited about Alphonso. Coach Healy did an unbelievable job recruiting him, staying on top of him. This guy is an unbelievable wide

receiver. I think we got a great addition to our football program. He can run, he’s a big body guy. He played quarterback his senior year. Very,

very athletic. He reminds me of Terrell Robinson as far as movement and playmaking ability. This kid was pretty heavily recruited. He had some

really nice opportunities. He came up here on a visit and really fell in love with Chattanooga. We’re excited to have them, and I know he’ll do big

things here at wide receiver for us.”

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Logan Teichmann – OL – 6-4 – 270 – Fr.-HS – Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood HS)

 

Two-star offensive lineman according to Rivals.com ... all-state at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn. ... played for head coach Mark

Pemberton ... led the Bruins to the state playoffs all four years, including back-to-back appearances in the quarterfinals ... 2012 district lineman

of the year ... Tennessee Mr. Football Finalist ... two-time all-district ... also lettered in track & field ... PERSONAL …full name is Logan Russ

Teichmann ... son of Jack and Karen Teichmann ... father played football at UTC from 1981-83 ... both parents are UTC grads ... has two older

brothers, Kyle and Chase, and a younger brother, Grant ... Chase is a student at UTC ... Undecided on a major.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Logan Teichmann:

 

“Logan Teichmann is going to be good. Big bodied guy that can move. He had really, really great high school career. The connection started with

Jack, his dad. Jack and I played together here at Chattanooga a long time ago. It’s always nice when you can get former football player’s sons

because you know they had a great experience here, and they want their sons to have the same experience here. We think Logan is going to be

really good. I think the thing about him is that he’s very athletic, big framed, big bodied guy. He’ll play offensive tackle for us. He had some opportunities

to go elsewhere at the FBS level, and Logan chose Chattanooga. For him to pick us over the other places he picked says a lot about

our program and our university just because of the connection he had. We’re excited to have Logan, and he’ll be a really good player here.”.”

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Hunter Townson – OL – 6-4 – 280 – Fr.-HS – Ider, Ala. (Ider HS)

 

Three-time all-county offensive lineman who enrolled at UTC in January 2013 after graduating from Ider High School in Ider, Ala. ... two-star

prospect according to Rivals.com ... played for head coach Brent Tinker ... all-state as a junior as a defensive end ... also lettered in baseball and

basketball ... member of the senior Beta Club and top-10 in his class ... PERSONAL …full name is Hunter Cole Townson ... born May 13, 1994

... son of David and Sherri Townson ... has two younger brothers, Chase and Logan ... plans to major in Physical Therapy.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Hunter Townson:

 

“Hunter is enrolled in school here, going to class, he graduated high school early. Hunter committed to us a while back. I knew he wanted to

graduate early. I knew he wanted to get somewhere in the spring. This guy had multiple offers elsewhere and made the decision to come to

Chattanooga. Decided to stay local, wanted to be here, wanted to see his family and friends watch him play. I think he’s going to be a future star

for us, an All-Conference kind of guy. Him having the opportunity to get in here early in the spring will really help him out. It’s nice when you can

get the really, really good local players. I think Hunter is adjusting well, and we’re thrilled to have him.”.”

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Lucas Webb – DB – 6-1 – 190 – Fr.-HS – Northport, Ala. (Tuscaloosa County HS)

 

Two-time Outstanding Defensive Back Award winner at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport, Ala. ... played for head coach Lee Gibson

... three-time Iron Cat Award winner ... named team captain as a senior ... led the Wildcats to a 9-3 mark as a senior in 2012 ... earned the

school’s Outstanding Senior Award for 2012-13 ... PERSONAL …full name is Stephen Lucas Webb ... born Feb. 3, 1995 ... son of Stephen and

Mary Webb ... has an older brother, Darius ... father played football at Alabama (1987-91) ... plans to major in Business.

Head Coach Russ Huesman on Lucas Webb:

 

“Lucas we watched on film. Very, very athletic. He’s got a big range. He’s a safety. We’re looking for him to play free safety for us. He comes

from a great football family. Dad played linebacker at Alabama. We just think Lucas has not come close to tapping his abilities. We think he has

the potential to be a really, really good player for us. He can run, he’s rangy, and comes from an athletic family. We’re very, very fortunate to have

him, and I think he’s going to be a very good player.”

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Chattanooga RBI will be hosting the 2014 RBI Southeast Regional tournament, which begins Friday morning on fields throughout the Chattanooga area.  Six leagues throughout the region will be competing in the Junior, Senior and Softball Divisions to earn a berth to the 2014 RBI World Series, the championship tournament of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program.  ... (click for more)

State Junior Team Tennis Here This Weekend

Five hundred junior tennis players in age groups from 8-and-under to 18-and-under from across the state will descend on Chattanooga this weekend for three days of accurate overheads, crisp half volleys and solid serves for the State Junior Team Tennis Championship. Beginning with pool play on Friday as well as a players party at the Chattanooga Lookouts game (Fireworks ... (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Pickle Ball? - And Response

Collegedale has done some wonderful things for its residents.  The Greenway is a perfect example of money well spent on helping to give her residents the opportunity to improve their lives, at least from a health standpoint. Having taught at Wolftever Creek for a decade plus, I was fortunate to have opportunity to take my classes on walks from time to time.  It provided ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)