published Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Two receivers commit to Mocs

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team doesn't have a game this week, but the Mocs' coaches have scored some wins on the recruiting trail.

UTC got commitments Friday from two wide receivers: C.J. Board of West Creek High School in Clarksville, Tenn., and Tray James of Bannaker High School in College Park, Ga.

The Mocs are expected to sign around 17 players and will have to replace two key contributors at wideout in seniors Joel Bradford and Sloan Allison.

A 6-foot-4, 185-pound deep threat, James also had offers from Marshall and Georgia State. He said he talked with his grandmother about his decision Thursday night, and during lunch Friday he let UTC know that he wanted to join the Mocs.

"We decided that would be the best place for me right now," he said. "After they offered me. they treated me like one of the family and really welcomed me in."

Board, a 6-foot, 165-pounder who earned Class 5A all-state honors as a junior, said he picked the Mocs over offers from UT-Martin and Austin Peay.

"I really liked the campus and really liked the town over there," he said. "I went to the [Western Carolina] game and really felt at home."

Often used as a slot receiver at West Creek, Board said he'll likely play a similar role for the Mocs. James said UTC's coaches have talked to him about being a deep threat who can make plays in one-on-one situations.

With the addition of James and Board, UTC has three commitments for its 2012 signing class. Calhoun (Ga.) High School linebacker Alex Kirby committed to the Mocs on Tuesday.

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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