Signing day was a bit overwhelming for Andrew Montgomery.
The Overton fullback/linebacker signed with Carson-Newman on Wednesday at a noon ceremony in a packed school library in front of family, friends and fellow students.
Complete with pizza, cookies, cake and lemonade, the festivities included a big sign in the background “Congratulations Andrew #8.’’ It highlighted a day when Montgomery completed a boyhood dream, which he ranked a close second only to the Hume Award he won in mid-December.
“When I made my decision Tuesday, I felt like a weight had left me, but as [Wednesday] arrived, I got nervous because of all the build-up to the situation – like, ‘Wow, I’m signing to play college football,” he said. “All the hard work I put in the weight room, extra work all paid off — I’m bench pressing 380 pounds — pretty good for me.
“This is kind of overwhelming.”
“Drew is an excellent example of someone who did all the extra work, came in early, left late, did the things he needed to do to be successful — and this [scholarship] is his reward,” Overton coach Terry Anderson said. “No one on our team was more encouraging of our teammates than he was.”
As he placed his ‘C-N’ cap on his head, Montgomery said “it fits.” And as such, he seems to be a perfect fit for the Eagles, who plan to play him at linebacker.
Montgomery’s good friend and Overton’s leading rusher Montez (Tez) Humphrey said Wednesday he planned to sign with Lindsey-Wilson, after he takes the ACT on Feb. 10.
Anderson said that split end Tracy Hampton (MTSU) and tackle Pat Luken (Carson-Newman) who both made the all-region team, would sign soon, “along with possibly a couple more.”
• Richardson picks UT: Antonio Richardson, the top ranked prospect in the state, selected Tennessee in a Wednesday morning ceremony at Pearl-Cohn High.
The mammoth 6-foot-6, 315-pound lineman, who transferred from Ensworth in October, picked UT over Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.) and Auburn.
Richardson was ranked the No. 1 prospect in the state, the No. 9 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 74 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.
Also Pearl-Cohn’s wide receiver Nick Hill signed with Duke, lineman David Huey signed with Western Kentucky, and defensive back Senquay Eichelberger and defensive end Jeremy Knight both signed with Tennessee State.
• Four McGavock signees: They were: wide receiver/cornerback Aaron Simms (UT-Martin), wide receiver cornerback Darius Turner (Arkansas State), tackle Leonard Amarh (Austin Peay) and receiver Ifaybeian Daney (Tusculum).
Quarterback Kody McKinley may sign with Hanover (Ind.) on financial aid scholarship. And safety Deantae Battle will take his ACT test Feb. 12 before he decides.
• One from MBA: Montgomery Bell Academy tackle Andrei Lucaci (6-2, 290) signed with Henderson State (Ark.)
• CPA selections: Christ Presbyterian Academy tight end Britton Woodall signed to play at Carson-Newman.
Also, CPA soccer stars Alyssa Curtis and Amy Maksimowicz both signed with UT-Martin.
• FRA's day: Franklin Road Academy quarerback Connor Maitland will sign with Tennessee Tech, and pentathlon star Abbie McKinney will sign with Virginia for track Thursday at 10 a.m. at the school.