It’s six days until national signing day and do you know where your favorite high school senior football player will be next year?
Some of them know and many more don’t, though they are in the process of making a final choice and hoping a school makes a final decision in their favor.
Watertown quarterback Ty Jobe has made a decision and plans to announce it during a 10 a.m. ceremony next Wednesday, according to his father, Purple Tiger assistant coach Shavez Jobe.
He’s committed to a school, but he doesn’t want to announce it until Feb. 5, signing day,” Shavez Jobe said Wednesday. “He’s got three schools that are in the hunt for him. The other two are trying to flip his commitment.”
And none of those three are Toledo, which called out of the blue Tuesday. Ty wasn’t told of the Rockets’ interest until after Watertown’s basketball game that night.
“It’s getting crazy,” Shavez Jobe said. “We could be expecting an offer any day.”
Shavez Jobe said his son has made recent visits to Tennessee Tech, UT-Martin and Western Kentucky. He earlier made trips to Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Memphis.
A run-threat quarterback as a Purple Tiger, Jobe has been projected as an athlete at the next level, at least by some.
“Some have projected him as a quarterback and some as an athlete,” Shavez said. “Some schools have project him in certain situations at quarterback.”
Ty’s Purple Tiger teammate, wide receiver-defensive end Dakota Self, is talking with Cumberland, Lindsey Wilson, University of the Cumberlands and North Alabama.
“He’s going to be a steal for somebody,” Shavez Jobe said of Self. “He’s got the frame to bulk up and play defensive end.”
At Wilson Central, defensive end Preston Reed has committed to play for Tennessee Tech and plans to sign next Wednesday, as will linebacker Kyle Coombes with Carson-Newman and running back Kaleb Butler with Lenoir-Rhyne, Wildcats coach Brad Dedman said.
Wingback Alex Price, projected as a slot receiver in college, has been offered by Campbell and will visit the North Carolina FCS school this weekend. He is also being recruited by Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky, Dedman said.
Central’s most hotly-recruited player is no longer at the school. Gabe Angel, who has been offered by at least five SEC schools from the Class of 2016, transferred to Cookeville after his father, assistant coach Jamie Angel, was recently hired as a teacher/coach by the school.
At Mt. Juliet, tight end Michael Khoury is visiting Tennessee Tech this weekend and has been offered by Tusculum, where former Golden Bear head coach David Crawford is an assistant and is the Pioneers’ point man in his recruitment. Navy is also a possibility, MJ coach Trey Perry said.
Perry said as many as five or six Bears could end up signing, though it will likely be well after the publicized first Wednesday in February when the dominoes start falling.
“Division II is not as hard-pressed on the February deadline,” Perry said. “Two of our receivers are probably going to be going together.”
In the meantime, Perry is “recruiting” a new offensive coordinator after his father, Roger Perry, served in that role on what turned out to be an interim basis last season.
“We’re closing in on it,” Trey Perry said of the OC post which Roger filled in on a last-minute basis when Hunter Hicks left in early July, just before the seven-on-seven passing league season began.
Roger Perry stepped down as head coach last June after undergoing heart bypass surgery in April. The plan was for Roger to serve as the Bears’ director of football operations, which is the role he will fill now, Trey said.
Crawford has also been looking at Mt. Juliet Christian for a tight end where Zack Jones has been offered by Tusculum, Saints coach Jake Roberts said. Jones has also been offered by Lindsey Wilson and Campbellsville.
Elliott Lee, who seemed to play just about every position at MJCA, is projected as a linebacker at Campbellsville or at Division III schools Sewanee, Rhodes and Maryville. The school’s salutatorian, Lee has a 4.0 grade-point average, Roberts said.
Recruiting’s quiet at Lebanon this winter, coach Sam Harp said, as well as at Friendship Christian, where all-state quarterback A.J. Long is already enrolled at Syracuse.
The Blue Devils should have some prospects ready by this time next year in lineman Julian Crutchfield and running back Taye Davis. Commander lineman Andrew Wood is also being heavily recruited for the Class of 2015.