Aaron Douglas and Brent Burnette never lost a high school game.
Randall Cobb almost never threw an interception; we’re talking two all last season.
Kase Whitehead can lay legitimate claim to being the greatest punter Blount County high school football has ever produced.
Wednesday was national signing day, and, for Whitehead, Cobb, Burnette and Douglas, it was finally time to put pen to paper, sit back and take a deep breath.
Douglas, the state’s highest-rated prospect, chose to stay home to play his college football, the Maryville two-time Mr. Football tight end is following his mother and father to the University of Tennessee.
Karla Horton Douglas was a member of Pat Summitt’s first Lady Vol national championship team. David Douglas was a Tennessee Vol offensive lineman.
Burnette won every award Douglas didn’t in teaming with the future Vol to drive Maryville (15-0) to its fourth consecutive Class 4A crown last December, the championship extending an ongoing win streak to 60 consecutive games.
Laying waste to virtually all Rebel career and single-season passing records, Burnette was 4A Mr. Football back of the year. The decorated Rebel quarterback will play his college football next season in a place he knows well after signing with Middle Tennessee State University on Wednesday.
The recruiting stretch run turned briefly frustrating for the 2A Mr. Football back of the year Cobb. The Alcoa High School quarterback verbally commitment to the University of Kentucky last summer — then promptly lead the Tornadoes (14-1) to an unprecedented fourth consecutive 2A state crown — but that didn’t prevent hometown Tennessee from making a strong, late push.
After a couple of weeks of indecision, the super-quick left-hander cancelled an official visit to Knoxville and stayed with his first choice, signing Wednesday with the Wildcats.
Whitehead’s verbal commitment to Marshall last summer was a bombshell. It’s a rare thing indeed for a Division I program to make so early a scholarship offer for a kicker of any kind. Whitehead turned in a senior campaign at William Blount (9-3) last fall that merited being named one of three finalists for Mr. Football kicker of the year.
There are a total of 36 finalists for back and lineman of the year. Statewide, only three kickers made the final cut.
Whitehead fielded more offers than may ever be known, but the Governor senior never wavered, making official on Wednesday his commitment to the Thundering Herd.