The Times Free Press revisits the area's top 10 notable signees from four years ago and offers a look at each's football career since.
• Nermin Delic, Northwest Whitfield, TE-DE, Kentucky: The Bosnia native was a three-star recruit by Rivals, a two-star by Scout and not rated by 247Sports. He originally committed to Maryland, but signed with Kentucky. He played in eight games as a freshman at defensive line, registering five tackles, including a sack that caused a fumble against Vanderbilt. He underwent three surgeries the following year and did not play in 2011. Kentucky released him in April, 2012 because of a violation of team rules. Delic enrolled at Georgia State but because of specific NCAA transfer rules with a start-up program had to sit out the 2012 season. He still practiced and was chosen Scout Team Player of the Year. He played three games last year and was in on two tackles. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
• Jared Duke, Walker Valley, OL, Ole Miss: The three-star recruit played the final nine games of his freshman year at right guard with five starts. The Rebels led the SEC in fewest sacks allowed that year and were third in rushing offense. The next two seasons he played in every game on special teams. He played all 13 games as a senior with six starts at each guard spot. He was part of an offensive line that produced 6,153 yards -- most in a season in school history. Ole Miss won bowl games his junior and senior seasons.
• Martez Eastland, Ringgold, RB, Ole Miss: He was a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout (not rated by 247Sports) and ranked the No. 4 fullback nationally by Rivals. Eastland did some notable things in preseason scrimmages at Oxford and played regularly on special teams his freshman year. Reportedly because the Rebels had plans to switch to a spread offense, he then decided to transfer to Georgia Southern. However, he encountered some legal trouble while at home in Catoosa County in March, 2011. He was put on suspension by GSU coach Jeff Monken, whom assistant athletic director Rose Carter said at the time "is handling the matter internally." Eastland never played college football again.
• Jiajuan Fennell, South Pittsburg, TE-DE, Middle Tennessee State: A two-star recruit, he redshirted his first year at MTSU, then started nine games at defensive end in 2011 and had 24 tackles, five for loss, and forced two fumbles. He was selected to the Sun Belt Conference Writers' All-Freshman team. He played in 10 games the next season and finished the year with 12 tackles. Last season he played in all 13 games, started six, and totaled 20 tackles. He has one season of eligibilty remaining.
• Jalen Fields, Dalton, DE, Georgia: He was a four-star recruit who failed to qualify academically and spent the 2010 and '11 seasons playing for Georgia Military College. Afterward the Bulldogs chose not to resign him, he ended up at Lousiana-LaFayette where he played in eight of 13 games in 2012 and was in on nine tackles. By mutual agreement, he left the program before the next season. There has been no report of him signing with another school.
• Nash Nance, Calhoun, QB, Tennessee: A three-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports and a two-star by Rivals, he signed with the Volunteers and spent two years on their sideline. With a desire to play outweighing being in the SEC, Nance transferred to Virginia's Hampden-Sydney College, which competes in NCAA Division III's Old Dominion Athletic Conference. In 22 games as a starter there, 10 regular-season games each of the last two seasons and two playoff games a year ago, Nance is 584-of-784 (74.5 percent) for 6,156 yards with 51 touchdowns and 27 interceptions. He's also rushed for 684 yards and 21 TDs with 17 of those coming last season. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
• Terrell Robinson, South Pittsburg, DB, Tennessee-Chattanooga: The former South Pittsburg standout was listed as a defensive back by the recruiting services but was not rated by any of them. Nor did he end up in the secondary at UTC as a redshirt freshman but rather at wide receiver and then quarterback, where he passed for six touchdowns and ran for five in five games. The next season he split time at quarterback with then-freshman Jacob Huesman and also played receiver, leading the Mocs with 489 yards on 40 receptions and tying for the team lead with five TD catches. He also ran for 266 yards and three TDs. He recently was dismissed from the team and has said he will sign to play at Faulkner, an NAIA schoo.
• Da'Rick Rogers, Calhoun, WR, Tennessee: A five-star recruit, Rogers played in all 13 games as a freshman for the Vols and had 11 catches for 167 yards and two touchdowns. The next year he started all 12 games and led the SEC with 67 receptions for 1,040 yards and was second with nine receiving TDs on the way to being selected all-conference. After being suspended indefinitely at UT, Rogers transferred to Tennessee Tech. Among his accomplishments in his one season at TTU he set single-game school records with 18 catches for 303 yards against Southeast Missouri State. He decided to forego his senior season of college football and was signed by the NFL's Buffalo Bills as a free agent, but was cut before the 2013 season. He was signed to the Indianapolis Colts practice squad in September and in November was promoted to the activc roster for a second time. In five games he caught 14 passes for 192 yards and two TDs and had one catch for 46 yards in a victory over Kansas City in an AFC Wild Card game.
• Jacques Smith, Ooltewah, DE, Tennessee: The four-star recruit played in 47 games overall with the Vols, with 23 starts over his last three years, but never got to experience a bowl game. He was in on 120 tackles in his UT career with 21.5 for loss, including five sacks. His biggest career highlight was an 18-yard interception return for a touchdown against eventual SEC champion Auburn his senior season.
• Keon Williams, Red Bank, RB, UTC: A two-star recruit, he ran for 500 yards and was chosen to the Southern Conference All-Freshman team. He played in all 10 games and in his first start ran 19 times for 101 yards and two touchdowns against The Citadel. Williams was suspended from the team for 2011, which essentially served as a redshirt season, after being arrested in May of that year. He played in nine games as a reserve the next year and totaled 155 yards and three TDs on 51 rushes. Last season in eight games he ran 116 times for 687 yards and nine TDs. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or email@example.com.
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