It’s been 47 years since two Dobyns Bennett football players got to go to the University of Tennessee to play football in the same year.
The last time it happened was 1966 to be exact.
Malik Foreman and Devaun Swafford will continue to be teammates this time in Knoxville.
Foreman decommitted from Vanderbilt where he committed in October and has accepted new Volunteer coach Butch Jones offer to come to Rocky Top.
He originally chose the Commodores over Kentucky and helped the Indians have another undefeated regular season and a 12-1 record and a Quarterfinal berth in the Class 6A playoffs,
“Yes, it was very difficult to tell Coach Franklin I was committing to UT but Tennessee was my favorite,” Foreman said.
Foreman got an offer from new UT head coach Butch Jones that changed his mind.
Foreman was used at quarterback for nine games after an injury and had almost 2,000 yards of total offense for the Indians.
The Volunteers haven’t decided yet whether Foreman will play wide receiver or defensive back, where he intercepted six passes in 2012.
He will be the Volunteers 15th commitment in the Class of 2013, Jones got a Class of 2014 commitment from Independence Athlete Vic Wharton III last week.
Swafford, will be a grayshirt recruit for the Volunteers which means he won’t sign in February but will receive a scholarship in January 2014.
Like Foreman, Swafford was a huge cog in the DB machine as he rushed for 29 touchdowns and nearly 1,300 yards at running back.
He was also a big player in the Indians defensive backfield as well, he will probably play defensive back for the Vols.
Swafford was the East Defense MVP with six tackles in the TACA East/West game played last month in Cookeville.
“They are both really good players but also great human beings that have worked very hard for this moment,” DB coach Graham Clark said. “I’m extremely proud of them.”
Other Tennessee players who have already committed are Siegel quarterback Brett Stockstill (Cincinnati),Whitehaven wide receiver Justin Hunt (Marshall), Fairley Defensive tackle DeMaris Peppers (Minnesota), Christian Brothers offensive lineman Alexander Karr (Arkansas State), Rhea County offensive lineman Jacob Revis (UTC), Knoxville West linebacker Zach Stuart (Lamar), Grace Christian Academy running back Will McKamey (Navy), Harding Academy defensive end Mack Weaver (Vanderbilt), Memphis East linebacker Marcus Robinson (Arkansas), Clarksville Northeast Athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Tennessee), ECS linebacker Walker Jones (Alabama), St. Benedict running back Jordan Wilkins (Auburn), Brentwood Academy defensive back Jalen Ramsey (USC), Memphis East Offensive Lineman Christian Morris (UCLA), MAHS wide receiver Marquez Lanton (Arkansas State), Brentwood Academy quarterback Max Staver (Florida), Whitehaven defensive back Darius Sims (Vanderbilt), Alcoa offensive lineman Dalton Owensby (MTSU), Shelbyville running back Marquis Morton (MTSU), Signal Mountain quarterback Reese Phillips (Kentucky), CAK wide receiver Josh Smith (Tennessee), CAK offensive lineman Brett Kendrick (Tennessee), Memphis Central defensive end Frank Herron (LSU), Lake County safety Devon Jones (Arkansas State), Memphis East defensive lineman Herbert Moore (Ole Miss), Whitehaven wide receiver Gerald Perry (Vanderbilt), Whitehaven running back Mark Dodson (Ole Miss), MUS linebacker Ford Howell (Wake Forest), Memphis Central wide receiver Latevius Rayford (Vanderbilt), Lenoir City wide receiver Camion Patrick (Tennessee), White Station defensive end Jason Carr (Tennessee) and Bradley Central offensive lineman Austin Sanders (Tennessee), Independence Athlete Vic Wharton III (Tennessee) and MBA defensive tackle Jashon Robertson (Vanderbilt) have committed in the Class of 2014.
Hayes Resigns At Jackson Southside
Jerry Hayes a legendary figure at Jackson Southside and the Jackson area in general has resigned after his second tenure as head coach of the Hawks.
Hayes who coached at Southside two separate occasions (1985-2007 and 2011-2012) for a total of 28 seasons leaves with a 154-116 overall record.
“It was all Jerry’s decision to resign his position,” Southside Principal Anita Tucker said.
The Hawks made the Class 4A playoffs with a 4-7 record after losing to Lexington in the first round.
Hayes had a lot of success in his first tenure as he posted a 145-104 record with his best seasons coming in 2000 and 2006.
In 2000, the Hawks made the 3A Semifinal round before losing to Covington and finishing 12-2, in 2006, Southside went 11-1 before losing to Giles County in the 4A playoffs.
Daniel Promoted at Cannon County
T.J. Daniel who served as Offensive Coordinator at his alma mater in 2012 has been named the new head coach at Cannon County.
Daniel who graduated in 2004 from the Woodbury school replaces another Cannon County alma Brent Bush who resigned after a rough 0-10 season that saw the Lions losing streak hit 20.
Cannon County has lost 29 of the last 30 games as their last win came in the 2010 season finale against Upperman.
Daniel becomes the third coach in the last three years after Bush and Joel Scharsch who is now coaching at Falkville (AL).
Cannon County hasn’t had a winning season or made the playoffs since going 6-5 in 2009.
After playing for Cannon County in high school, Daniel played collegiately at UT-Martin and was part of the Skyhawks only Ohio Valley championship team in 2006.
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