With the pressures of the recruiting grind mounting as signing day nears, it’s nice to know your best friend is in the same boat.
That is the situation best friends and football teammates Andrew Montgomery and Montez (Tez) Humphrey find themselves in as each looks toward the Wednesday, Feb. 2 signing date next week.
The two seniors combined to be one of the city’s best backfield tandems as they led Overton High to the Class 6A football playoffs for the second straight year. It’s possible they may continue as teammates in college.
“I had a really good visit recently at Carson-Newman,” Montgomery, a fullback who was winner of the prestigious Hume Award last month, said. “It definitely looks like a good fit for me. Carson-Newman has an atmosphere that allows me to grow spiritually.
“At the same time, Austin Peay and Columbia (in the Ivy League) have been recruiting me and shown interest. And just last week, Coach [Terry] Anderson said that Cornell had called and expressed interest in me, so I definitely wanted to look into that.”
Montgomery said he likely would reach a decision by signing day.
“Tez is also interested in Carson-Newman,” he added. “We’re best friends. How he decides certainly will factor into what I do.”
“I visited Carson-Newman last weekend, and I really liked it,” Humphrey, Overton’s tailback and leading rusher the past two seasons, said. “It is a Christian school, and as for football, they play a tough style, and they run the ball a lot, which I like.”
But Humphrey said he would need to get his ACT scores up before he can sign.
“My next (ACT) test is Feb. 12,” he said. “After that, I will be a lot closer to signing.”
Humphrey said that UT-Chattanooga, Lindsey-Wilson, Austin Peay and UT-Martin also had shown quite a bit of interest in him.
• Size matters: Maplewood coach Arcentae Broome said that huge 6-5, 285 pound lineman Quinn Hayes has recently attracted the interest of a lot of colleges, including Morehead State.
“I think his size caught the attention of a lot of schools, and there may be a few more who come into the picture,’’ Broome said.
• McGavock duo to sign: McGavock standouts Aaron Simms and Darius Turner will sign at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the school’s Hall of Fame room.
Simms, a 5-10, 160 wide receiver/cornerback will sign with UT-Martin and Turner, 6-1, 183 wide receiver/cornerback will sign with Arkansas State.
Also, quarterback Kody McKinley is looking to play at Hanover (Ind.) where he has been offered an academic scholarship. Austin Peay, Birmingham Southern and Tusculum also are in the picture.
Safety Deantae Battle will take his ACT test Feb. 12 before deciding.
• MBA’s Lucaci chooses: MBA defensive tackle Andrei Lucaci, 6-2, 290, will sign with Henderson State (Ark.) Wednesday at MBA. Coach Daniel McGugin said he would be only Big Red player to sign that day.
• Softball signings: Goodpasture teammates Cheyanne Knepper (Buffalo) and MacKenzie Leding (Southern Illinois) are expected to sign for softball.
• Turner sparks Lipscomb: With their 42-39 upset win over Maplewood Monday night, David Lipscomb’s boys served notice they plan to stay in the district race all the way.
Senior guard Jacob Turner became the hero when he sank a 10-foot jumper in the lane with 36 seconds left, giving the Mustangs a 40-39 lead. After a technical foul with 22 seconds left, Turner hit both free throws, giving the Mustangs their winning margin and keeping them in the thick of the 10-AA race.
Turner and center Cody Connally each scored 13 points. Guard Kenny Robertson led Maplewood with 14.
• Ryan-MBA match-up: Father Ryan remains No. 7 in the weekly state high school wrestling poll, with MBA No. 12. The two big rivals clash 7 p.m. Saturday at Ryan in the final big dual meet before the state duals go the following week.
• FRA hosts DII meet: Franklin Road Academy will host the DII-A state qualifying wrestling meet 1 p.m. Saturday following noon weigh-ins.
On Mat 1, FRA wrestles DCA, then Sewanee, then Knoxville Webb. On Mat 2, Webb wrestles Sewanee, then DCA, followed by DCA vs. Sewanee. Top three teams qualify for state.
• Ensworth hosts clinics: Ensworth High is hosting five weeks of free clinics for high school football coaches, starting this week. Speakers include Thomas McDaniel of Oakland and Kevin Creasy of Trousdale County.
Call Paul Wade at Ensworth, 301-5400, for info.
• State Bowling: The state bowling tournament will be held Thursday-Saturday at Smyrna Bowling Center.
The Donelson Christian Academy boys and girls and Pope JP II boys and girls, along with the BGA and Ezell-Harding boys and Harpeth Hall girls qualified for the DII team tournament and will all bowl Friday.