Dobyns Bennett’s Malik Foreman made an easy decision on Sunday.
After seeing Vanderbilt dismantle Massachusetts on Saturday on campus, he called Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and committed to Commodores a day later.
He chose the Commodores over Kentucky among others.
Foreman (5-10, 175) becomes the 21st commitment for the Commodores in the Class of 2013 and also is the fifth in state commitment for Vanderbilt joining Harding Academy defensive end Mack Weaver, Memphis Central wide receiver Latevius Rayford, Whitehaven wide receiver Gerald Perry and Whitehaven defensive back Darrius Sims.
“Coach Franklin makes me feel like family and the education there is world class. No school really compares to them all around in my opinion,” Foreman said.
Vanderbilt has recruited him to play wide receiver at the next level.
Foreman plays quarterback and defensive back at Dobyns Bennett and has the Indians undefeated at 10-0 as they head into the Class 6A playoffs.
He rushed for 244 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Indians 37-34 win over region rival Science Hill last Friday.
“It feels great to be apart of something special like Vanderbilt,” Foreman said.
Foreman joins 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).
Troy Crane Resigns at Lebanon
The first coaching job is officially open and it started before Lebanon’s game with Hendersonville on Friday night.
Troy Crane, 37 told his players that he was stepping down as the head coach in the locker room before the game.
The Blue Devils (1-9) then went out and upset the Commandos 13-7 sending Crane out a winner.
Crane was 3-17 as the head coach at Lebanon in his two seasons as he came aboard after being the quarterbacks coach at Cumberland University.
Crane replaced Bobby Brown who was 44-521 in nine years as Lebanon head coach.
“I was given a great opportunity to be the Head Football Coach at Lebanon High School,” Crane said.
“With going 3-17 I feel it’s in everyone’s best interest for me to resign so that the program and myself can move forward on a positive note.”
Kent Green Resigns at David Crockett
After seven seasons in which he won the most games in the school’s 41 year history, Kent Green has resigned as head man at David Crockett.
Green was 19-51 at David Crockett which included a 1-9 season in 2012.
He was also was David Crockett’s longest tenured coach as well.
“I was spending more time with somebody else’s kids than my own kids,” Green told the Johnson City Press. “I know that’s part of coaching, but that had a lot to do with it. I’m in administration at Crockett and I had some decisions of which direction I wanted to go.
“I prayed about it a lot and felt this was what the Lord wanted me to do. David Crockett is a tough place to coach and we’ve struggled, but we’ve had some good moments, too. I just felt this was the right thing to do. It was the toughest decision I had to make in my life.”
The next coach will have a tough road to climb as the Pioneers have only made the playoffs one time (2000) in school history.
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