UPDATED: Several Nashville area players plan to sign their name on the dotted lines when national signing day arrives on Wednesday.
Some of the more noteworthy football players include MBA’s Fitz Lassing, who headed to Vanderbilt, and Brad Bars, who got a last-minute offer from Penn State which he quickly accepted; Doug Page who will sign at noon Wednesday at FRA with Tennessee Tech; Overton’s Dezmond Johnson who will sign with Duke; and state TSSAA Mr. Football kicker Ryan’s Nick Pollard who, like Page, will sign with Tennessee Tech.
Mt. Juliet running back Brady Earnhardt, signed Wednesday morning to accept a scholarship to play football for Army. Earnhardt will attend West Point in the fall.
Previously accepting a preferred walk-on status at Vanderbilt, Montgomery Bell Academy two-way star Lassing got the full offer from Vanderbilt Tuesday, the day before signing day, and will sign. He was to visit Stanford later this month but has canceled that trip.
“We’re very excited about Fitz, and Vanderbilt is getting an outstanding and very dependable player,’’ said Coach Daniel McGugin.
Lassing was MBA’s leading rusher and one of the top tacklers on the team. He was named the DII Region Most Outstanding Player of the year and the City Paper Most Versatile player in Nashville in December.
Lassing rushed for 1,442 yards and 16 TDs, caught 16 passes for 212 yards and four TDs and threw completed halfback passes, all three going for TDs. He had 97 tackles on defense and also punted for a 42-yard average.
Also, MBA’s Andrew Fletcher, a finalist for Mr. Football kicker, said Tuesday he will walk on at Louisville. “They (Louisville) had already fulfilled their limit of scholarships,’’ Fletcher said Tuesday. “I’ll walk on this season and kick for them as a freshman, and if things go well, I’ll sign with them for the following season.’
Fletcher turned down a scholarship from Tennessee State University.
The 6-4, 220-pound Bars, the Montgomery Bell Academy standout defensive end, was one of the Big Red’s leading tacklers and helped his team reach the Div. II state finals in November.
Bars canceled a scheduled visit to Central Michigan last weekend, instead opting to visit will the home of the Nittany Lions and legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
“We are extremely proud of these young men,’’ said McGugin, whose team finished 9-5 as state runner-up. “Fitz was a great two-way player. And in the case of Brad, he was a young man who worked tirelessly with his assistant coaches. I think this is the first player MBA has ever sent to Penn State.’’
Ensworth stars Orleans Darkwa (Tulane) and Sam Cooper (Clemson) also signed on Wednesday.