As Soddy-Daisy begins its final week of spring football practice, coach Kevin Orr believes the program could have as many as five college prospects this fall.
Offensive lineman Alex Seeley (6-foot-6, 280) and receiver/safety Talon Harris are drawing serious interest from Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Arkansas, among others. Defensive lineman Jake Ables (6-0, 250) also has attracted interest from Tennessee, along with Eastern Kentucky and UT-Chattanooga, while middle linebacker Nathan Hodges (6-0, 205) and running back Cedric Edwards (5-11, 175) also are being recruited by UTC.
Hodges was the first junior captain in program history last season, and Edwards rushed for more than 2,000 yards.
"We've got an awful lot of talent coming back," Orr said. "We need to replace four offensive linemen, but other than that we're just filling holes around some pretty good players.
"We've got some kids who have really shown what they can do at a few camps already, and I expect all those kids to wind up signing somewhere."
Once again Red Bank coach Tim Daniels elected not to hold spring practice. Instead of going out in pads, the Lions continued offseason workouts and conditioning.
Dade practice starts
The Dade County football team began spring practice Monday, coming off the most successful season in school history. The Wolverines, 10-2 in 2010 with a first-round Georgia Class AA playoff win, lost a number of key members from that team, including several linemen who helped pave the way for a ground game that amassed nearly 3,000 yards.
"We've got some good skill players back, so the biggest area of concern on the offensive side is the front line," Dade coach Bradley Warren said. "We will spend a good part of the spring practice determining who is ready to step up."
District 5-A: Boyd-Buchanan-Tyler Garner (player of year), Rance Harden, Reid Smith, John Hale, Clayton Parker, Nathan Murrell. Grace Academy-Adam Hagen, Trey Sartain, Logan Long, Cooper Wittman. Silverdale Baptist-Wil Amos, Spencer Mossburg, Kevin Carr, Reid Clements. Copper Basin-Matt Ray, Stephen Spargo, Joey Buchanan. Arts & Sciences-Collin Thul, Chad Buter. Coach of year: Jonathan Adcock, Silverdale.
District 5-AA: Meigs County-Morgan Boggess, Chandra Clayton, Angel Davis, Brandi Kilpatrick, Lynsey Million, Jessica Swafford. Polk County-Lily Cuzzort, Carolyn Jenkins, Sydney Sloan, Jordan Triplett, Lydia Triplett. McMinn Central-Jenna Adams, Shelby Carpenter, Faith Grosch, Sam Hollingsworth. Sweetwater-Beth Breeden, Chloe Grayson, Cori Shope. Sequoyah-Ashley Rodgers, Brandi Velez.
District 5-A: Grace Academy-Lacye Walker (player of year), Bethany Cowart, Lexie Dean, Kaitlyn Eldridge, Jessie Parker. Silverdale Baptist-Kelsey Dishroon, Katie Henderson, Amanda Patterson. Arts & Sciences-Liana Rodrigues, Kiara Suttles. Boyd-Buchanan-Jessica Murrell, Halie Williamson. Copper Basin-Nikki Trantham. Coach of year: Tina Walker, Grace.