East Hamilton's Jeremiah Flemmons is spending the summer before his senior year of high school turning heads at football camps and becoming one of the fastest-rising college prospects in the state.
Flemmons made the most of a big opportunity June 4 at the University of Tennessee's camp at Neyland Stadium, where he impressed at receiver and defensive back and was one of the top performers.
"I have been to a lot of camps this summer, but the most memorable one has to be the Tennessee camp," said the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Flemmons, whose favorite player growing up was Volunteers legend Peyton Manning, who is set for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month. "Being able to show my talents to the school I've wanted to play for since I was little was really a unique experience."
Flemmons has posted a 35-inch vertical leap and was clocked at 4.50 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a recent Vanderbilt camp, and his on-field performances for East Hamilton last year helped him become one of the contenders to make the upcoming Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen preseason list of top area recruits.
He has offers from Army, Eastern Kentucky, Howard, Navy, Shorter, UT Martin and Wofford, and his recruitment has the potential to skyrocket in the coming months if not sooner.
At the start of July, for the first time he was included on 247Sports.com's list of the top 62 recruits in Tennessee for the 2022 signing cycle. A 3-star prospect, Flemmons was ranked 45th overall, and five other recruits from the Chattanooga area made the list: Boyd Buchanan's Karson Gay (17th), Red Bank's Reco Trimble (26th), McCallie's Kenzy Paul (32nd), South Pittsburg's Giovanni Davis (37th) and Baylor's Trey McDonald (40th).
Flemmons had 1,300 all-purpose yards and 17 touchdowns — including eight in a three-game span — playing wide receiver and some quarterback as a junior last year, when he helped East Hamilton to an 8-4 record in Grant Reynolds' second season as head coach.
With two-year starter Haynes Eller now preparing to begin his college football career at East Tennessee State, the Hurricanes will try to put the ball in Flemmons' hands even more as a quarterback. He'll be part of a promising backfield that includes Juandrick Bullard — who rushed for more than 1,700 yards last season as a sophomore — and gives offensive coordinator Patrick Liner a lot to work with.
"I am really excited to play football this fall," Flemmons said. "We all have been working hard this summer, and we still have work to do. I want to step up as a leader and be someone who leads vocally and through their actions.
"I have really been working on my game, and with the help of Coach Liner, I feel like I have made big strides with my passing and throwing mechanics. There's a lot of talent on this team, and we are going to do everything we can to take things a step further for this program."