As the school year wraps up this week for McCallie School students, 13 student-athletes are announcing their commitments to continue their academics and athletics in college. This includes four heading to NCAA Division I programs.
Three lacrosse players and one distance runner have accepted offers from Division I programs -- Rhys Day (Providence College), Carter Henry (Yale University) and Jyasi Watson (Hofstra University) for lacrosse and Dylan Zeller (East Tennessee State University) for cross country and track.
From the State Championship football team, William Cady will join the football program at Sewanee: University of the South, Caleb Jones will play at Centre College, Trey Phillips at Thomas More University, and Derrick Stoudemire at Birmingham-Southern College. Golfer Jack Billups will tee it up at Rhodes College, swimmer Reece Gallagher will compete at Queens University, and Landon Lewis will play baseball at Walters State Community College
Additionally, lacrosse players J.Y. Elliott and Mac Maclean are headed to Sewanee and Denison respectively.
Day was a two-year starter for the Blue Tornado lacrosse team and was a major factor on the offensive side of the field. Henry was the team’s leading scorer in 2019 and was an All-State midfielder. Watson was an All-State defensive midfielder last season, and his shooting percentage was tops on the team for his position. Elliott was also a diver on the State Championship swimming and diving team, and Maclean led the Blue Tornado in ground balls last spring.
Cady was a reserve lineman and linebacker for the Blue Tornado. Jones was a two-year starter at defensive back and punt returner for the football squad, which won the 2019 Division II-AAA State Championship and went 21-4 over the last two seasons. Phillips and Stoudemire were two-year starters and standouts on the offensive line. Jones was also a member of the baseball team, and Stoudemire also competed in the shot put for the track and field team.
Billups helped the 2019 golf team to runner up finishes in the City Prep Tournament and the Region Championship and was part of the team that advanced to the Division II state tournament for the fifth consecutive season. Gallagher was a stalwart on the two-time swimming and diving State Championship squad. He won a state title as part of the 2019 200 freestyle relay team and, in 2020, won first-place medals with the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay teams while also scoring points with a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke and an eighth-place finish in the 200 individual medley relay.
Lewis played his junior season at IMG Academy and would have been in the Region pitching rotation this spring for McCallie. He has also played first base and outfield. Zeller earned All-State honors by running to a fourth-place time at the state meet in the fall and helping the Blue Tornado to the state team title. He was also a member of the three-time City meet champions.
Overall, in the 2019-20 school year, 19 McCallie student-athletes committed to continue their academics and sports at the next level. Since 2016-17, that number is 107.
Others who signed in earlier Signing Day events in 2019-20 include:
Carter Edge, baseball, Middle Tennessee State
DeAngelo Hardy, football, Kennesaw State
Jay Hardy, football, Auburn
T.J. Mason, football, Thomas More University
Andrew Prescott, soccer, East Tennessee State
Will Jackson, swimming, Tennessee