published Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

UTC football signing day (Final)

Like all other college football teams, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had a busy signing day. The Mocs signed 15 players and celebrated the day with a catered lunch from Wally's.


OL Corey Levin, Dacula (Ga.) High School — Picked the Mocs over Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.

DE Vantrel McMillan, Monroe (Ga.) High School — Voted to the Georgia Class AAA all-state second team.

RB Tolerance Shepherd, Fitzgerald (Ga.) High School — Rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns

TE Kevin Niethammer, Maryville High School — Mocs think Niethammer has, to steal a line from Mel Kiper Jr., “a lot of upside.”

DE Keionta Davis, Red Bank — Missed his senior season with an ACL injury after a big junior year. Was a Times Free Press Dynamite Dozen pick.

OL Robert Hill, Buford (Ga.) High School — Hill made the Gwinnett Touchdown Club’s All-Gwinnett second team and was named honorable mention all-area by the Gainesville Times.

DB Will Johnson, Chattahoochee (Ga.) High School — Johnson earned Class AAAA second-team all-state honors after just his second season of high school football.

DB Cedric Nettles, Jonesboro (Ga.) High School — A quarterback/defensive back, Nettles had more than 1,700 yards of offense and 20 touchdowns as a senior.

(Sorry for the delay. I was over at McKenzie Arena doing some interviews)

DB Nakevion Lesie, Hillgrove (Ga.) High School — He returned two fumbles for touchdowns against South Cobb, including an 85-yarder.

WR C.J. Board, West Creek (Tenn.) High School — Board is a receiver in the Joel Bradford mold. He earned Class 5A all-state honors as a junior.

DB Dee Virgin, Seminole County (Ga.) High School — Voted Class A second-team all-state.

WR Al Thompson, Brentwood Academy — Originally committed to Arizona State, Thompson found UTC after the Sun Devils made a coaching change.

WR Tray James, Bannaker (Ga.) High School — A big target at 6-foot-4, James was limited as a senior because of an ankle injury.

LB Alex Kirby, Calhoun (Ga.) High School — The Mocs’ first commitment, Kirby decided on UTC in November.

Along with the signees, the Mocs also have early enrollee D’Eddric Williams, a linebacker from Hillcrest (Ala.) High School.

For more Mocs coverage, see tomorrow's Times Free Press. You can also follow beat writer John Frierson on Twitter at

about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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