Wednesday, February 5, 2014
- by B.B. Branton
(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.”
senior and UTC football signee Cam Walker
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.
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.
led McCallie to a pair of TSSAA D-II state cross country championships and
placed second individually in 2012 and 2013.
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 –
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.
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!”
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.”
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