Local high school student/athletes sign letters of intent

Local high school student/athletes take first step to playing at next level

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A large table was needed at Knoxville Catholic High School for all of the students to sit and sign their letters of intent. A large table was needed at Knoxville Catholic High School for all of the students to sit and sign their letters of intent.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Though there were a couple of local high school students who signed commitment letters Wednesday to play football at the University of Tennessee, the day wasn't just about future Vols.

Several area high schools hosted signing day ceremonies to celebrate their students who will be playing at the next level.

The event was extra special at Hardin Valley High School. That's because quarterback Jake Bishop became the first player in the school's short history to sign a football National Letter of Intent. He signed with Campbellsville (Ky.) University.

No less than 11 student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent at Knoxville Catholic. A large table was needed for all of the students to sit and sign their paperwork. Six of them were for football, led by soon-to-be Tennessee Vol lineman Kyler Kerbyson.

Kerbyson will be joined in the Division I ranks by Joey Gaston, who will play on the line at the Naval Academy.

Zach Cooper will play at the University  of Charleston in West Virginia and Alex Saah moves on to Lindsay Wilson College.

Mike Wegzyn will play quarterback at the University of Massachusetts and Cody Shirley moves on to play running back at Virginia Military Institute.

Others signing were:

  • Josh Lucheon - Carnegie Mellon (Swimming)
  • Alex Cunningham - Tusculum (Golf)
  • Morgan Stiles - Tennessee Wesleyan (Lacrosse)
  • Tyler Wilson - Tennessee Wesleyan (Lacrosse)
  • Joanna Thompson - North Carolina State (Cross Country)

It was a big day for Bearden's Devrin Young in more ways than one. He signed to play with the Tennessee Vols on his birthday.

Also at Bearden, Seth Williams signed to play soccer at Appalachian State and Allison Daniles made a commitment to run cross country at Middle Tennessee State..

Christian Academy of Knoxville had two student/athlete signings. Hannah Cox will compete in track and field at Louisville. Quarterback Quinn Epperly will play football at Princeton.

Epperly also had offers from Austin Peay and New Hampshire.

Grace Christian defensive end Davis Franks joined Epperly in the Ivy League, signing to play at Yale.

Oak Ridge's Jose Valedon signed to play with Vanderbilt.

Morristown East wide receiver Tee Howell signed with another Ohio Valley Conference school, Austin Peay.

Harriman standout Shaquille Love made his commitment to Kentucky official, while Gibbs star running back Andy Hibbett faxed his letter to coach Ken Sparks at Carson-Newman.

Farragut sent a host of players to the next level. Bobby Fricks will play on the line at Carson-Newman, Taino Perez signed to play defensive back at Tennessee-Martin, and John Hensley will head to Lindsay Wilson College as a long snapper.

Several Alcoa student/athletes made it big signing day for the Tornadoes. Darrell Warren continued the Alcoa-to-Kentucky pipeline by signing to play on the defensive line for the Wildcats.

Austin Tallent signed with Tennessee Tech. Taharin Tyson will play at UT-Chattanooga, Steven Isom is headed to Carson-Newman, Derrick Evans is going to Appalachian State.

Over in Maryville, kicker Zach Sharp got a last-minute offer from Northern Illinois, but he stuck by his commitment to Tennessee Tech.

6 Sports anchor/reporters Prentice Elliott and Mark Nagi contributed to this report.

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