McCallie School Has Three D-I Signees

Cam Walker, C.J. Fritz, Derek Barnes

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - by B.B. Branton
College Signees: (l-r) C.J. Fritz (UCT), Cam Walker (UTC) and Derek Barnes (Ole Miss) signed college scholarship papers Wednesday
College Signees: (l-r) C.J. Fritz (UCT), Cam Walker (UTC) and Derek Barnes (Ole Miss) signed college scholarship papers Wednesday
- photo by Trey Tucker McCallie School

“Coach (Will) Healy called me every week, was persistent and most importantly seemed genuinely interested in me as a person and what I was doing. I would get 10-12 calls a week from various schools and you can tell who really is interested in you and who is not.”

 -- McCallie senior and UTC football signee Cam Walker

 

On a day when high school seniors are signing with schools far from home, a pair of McCallie football players will be traveling down McCallie Ave to continue their football careers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

 

Seniors Cam Walker and C.J. Fritz have signed with UTC, while classmate Derek Barnes will journey to Ole Miss to run for the Rebels in cross country and track.

 

Derek Barnes

Barnes led McCallie to a pair of TSSAA D-II state cross country championships and placed second individually in 2012 and 2013.

 

“Ole Miss is the best fit for me academically and athletically and I am impressed with the coaching staff,” said Barnes who is an Honor Roll student and a member of the National Honor Society.

 

* McCallie Cross County and Track Coach Mike Wood on Derek Barnes –

“Derek is extremely talented and he has a competitive fire.  He has already run very fast, but I think his best years of development are still ahead and I know he will do well in the SEC and at Ole Miss.

 

“I have known Derek since he was a camper in our Summer Programs and he is an awesome young man. He has tremendous character, a loyal teammate, leader and a lot of fun to be around.  I will miss him more as a person than a runner next year.  Ole Miss is getting a good one!”

 

C.J. Fritz

All-State defensive back … 42 catches for 500 yards and six TDs this past fall … 3 INTs and 18 pass break-ups … 100 meters state champ as a junior … has school record (McCallie) at 10.59 …

“I chose UTC because this gives me a chance to run track as well as play football and I can play college ball in my hometown … I plan to major in finance.”

Cam Walker

All-State offensive lineman … National Honor Society … also on varsity track and basketball …. Mocs plan to use him at tight end and defensive end … he feels UTC gives him the best opportunity to play on Sunday's in the NFL.

“I chose UTC because I can go to school in this area … I went to the UTC summer camp for a few years and became familiar with the school and the coaching staff which really made a difference in my decision … the  coaches and players made the football program a real family atmosphere.

”I learned a lot about the recruiting process when my brother was recruited out of high school so that knowledge really helped me discern which coaches were sincere in recruiting me and those who were not.

* McCallie Football Coach Ralph Potter on Cam Walker and D.J. Fritz --

Both of these guys have a lot of room to develop. CJ has improved greatly over the past year. His best asset is his speed; he has the ability to be dominant at corner and as a return man. Cam can develop in many ways depending in how much weight he gains. He has the feet to play TE or DE, but with added weight would be a good off lineman. Both are fine young men and hard workers.


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