The Times Free Press looks back at the careers of the area's 10 most notable football signees from the local 2013 high school graduating class.
- Vonn Bell, Ridgeland, DB, Ohio State: He earned 5-star recruit status from 247Sports, Rivals and Scout and 4-star by ESPN. Ohio State eventually won the high-stakes bidding war for his services. As a freshman he played in all 14 of the Buckeyes' games, primarily as a reserve nickel back, then started at safety each of the next two years. During his sophomore year he made six of his nine career interceptions, including one against Wisconsin in the Big 10 title game and one against No. 1-ranked Alabama in the Sugar Bowl national semifinal on the way to a championship season. As a junior, a season in which he had two defensive TDs, he was selected a first-team All-American by the Associated Press, the Sporting News and SI.com. Picked by New Orleans in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, Bell started 14 games as a rookie for the Saints and had 61 solo tackles, four pass-breakups, a sack, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
- Darrell Bridges, Ridgeland, RB, Presbyterian: He was not rated by most services, but 247Sports had him as a 3-star recruit. He began making an impact for the Blue Hose as a redshirt freshman, gaining 417 all-purpose yards. The next year he became the first 1,000-yard rusher since Presbyterian moved to NCAA Division I when he totaled 1,065, scored eight TDs and earned a spot on the All-Big South Conference first team. He ran for 721 yards last year, including 18 carries for 89 yards at Finley Stadium against the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He has one year of eligibility left.
- Demetric Johnson, South Pittsburg, RB, Murray State: Not highly-regarded by the recruiting services, he still found an NCAA Division I offer. He redshirted in 2013, then has since played in 33 games for the Racers. His primary contribution his first two years on the field was being in on 29 tackles, with 21 of them solos. Last season he got to handle the ball and produced 31 receptions for 388 yards with 3 TDs and added 279 rushing and another TD. He also returned six kickoffs for 127 yards. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
- Taylor Lamb, Calhoun, QB, Appalachian State: He was tabbed a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and a 2-star by Rivals and Scout. After a redshirt season, he took over as the starting quarterback the third game the next year and has been the Mountaineers' starter since. He was selected the Sunbelt Conference Freshman of the Year in 2014 and has thrown for more than 2,200 yards each of the last three seasons. As a sophomore he set a single-season school record with a conference-leading 31 TD passes. Last year was his best rushing season to date with 505 yards and 9 TDs. He's eligible one more season.
- Colton Jumper, Baylor, LB, Navy: After signing with the Naval Academy, the 2-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals was diagnosed with a kidney disease after going through a standard series of medical tests for incoming recruits. Ultimately determined to be a mild ailment, it still disqualified him from the military. Evaluating his future, he enrolled in The Hun School, a prep school in Princeton, N.J., but a shoulder injury cut short his season there. A lifelong Tennessee fan, at first he had resisted the Vols' offer to walk on, but he ended up enrolling at UT in January 2014. He played in one game that fall, then his sophomore year earned a spot in the regular rotation at linebacker. That led to a scholarship offer last May. This past season as a junior he was the Vols' fourth-leading tackler with 61. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
- Reese Phillips, Signal Mountain, QB, Kentucky: Recruiting services 247Sports and Rivals labeled him a 3-star prospect while ESPN had him a 2-star. After signing with Kentucky and redshirting, he played in three games the next year with a 42-yard completion against UT-Martin being his biggest season highlight. He played in one game the following year, then decided to transfer to FCS school Montana. Last season with the Grizz he played in four games, completing 8 of 15 passes for 50 yards. Perhaps he could emerge as the starter in his final season of eligibility, considering redshirt freshman Gresch Jensen is the only other QB listed on Montana's current roster for 2017.
- D.J. Prather, Gordon Central, DE, UTC: A 2-star recruit by Rivals, his career with the Mocs didn't get going until 2015. He redshirted in '13 and missed the entire next season with an injury. As a sophomore he played in eight games in a reserve role, saving his best game for Florida State (3 tackles and a sack). Last season he played in all 13 games, though none were starts, and totaled nine tackles. He had a pass breakup in the FCS playoff game against Weber State. He has a year of eligibility left.
- Jacob Revis, Rhea County, OL, UTC: After redshirting his first year, the 2-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout played every game at center each of the last three years. Not only was he selected on the Southern Conference's All-Freshman team, the league's coaches voted him second-team all-conference that year. They voted him a first-team member last year when he was also chosen on the CollegeSportsMadness.com All-America third team. He's also been an Academic All-SoCon selection each of the last three years. He has decided not to play his final year of eligibility.
- Austin Sanders, Bradley Central, OL, Tennessee: The TSSAA Class AAA Mr. Football lineman, who was rated a 4-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals and a 3-star by 247Sports and Scout, was so certain he wanted to attend Tennessee that he committed in the summer of 2011. After a redshirt year in '13, Sanders played in five games the next season as a reserve left guard. He missed the entire '15 campaign because of a torn biceps he suffered in preseason. Last year he played in 11 games with his main duty as punt protector. He is not expected to return to UT's team next season.
- Hunter Townson, Ider, OL, UTC: Rivals tabbed him a 2-star recruit out of high school, where he played for former Mocs player Brent Tinker. After a redshirt year in 2013, he got three starts at right tackle at the start of the '14 season before moving to left tackle, where he started the last 11 games that year. He was chosen on the Southern Conference's All-Freshman team that season. He started 12 of 13 games as a sophomore, splitting time relatively evenly at the tackle spots. An injury caused him to miss two games last year, but he started the other 11 at right tackle. It marked his third consecutive season as an Academic All-SoCon selection. He's eligible to play another season but has chosen not to.