published Monday, February 4th, 2013

Alabama receiver coming to UTC

2013 Commit List

Alejandro Bennifield, QB, Lovejoy (Ga.) High School

Xavier Borishade, WR, North Cobb (Ga.) High

Malcolm Colvin, TE, Peach County (Ga.) High School

Derrick Craine, RB, Union Grove (Ga.) High School

Matthew Foster, DE, Cook (Ga.) High School

Davis Howell, WR, Christian Academy of Knoxville

Terrance Jenkins, LB, Plant (Fla.) High School

D.J. Prather, DL, Gordon Central (Ga.) High School

Jacob Revis, OL, Rhea County High School

Taylor Reynolds, DT, McAdory (Ala.) High

Tyler Roberson, QB, Augusta (Ga.) Christian

Jerkerious Scott, S, Terrell County (Ga.) High

Channing Smith, OL, Marshall University*

Alphonso Stewart, WR, Robertsdale (Ala.) High

Logan Teichmann, OL, Brentwood High School

Hunter Townson, OL, Ider (Ala.) High School*

Lucas Webb, S, Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High

• Already enrolled

During his official visit to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this weekend, Robertsdale (Ala.) High School senior Alphonso Stewart had an interesting reaction to Saturday morning's snowfall.

"It was a big surprise, but I wanted it to snow," said the wide receiver from south Alabama -- Robertsdale is about halfway between Mobile and Pensacola, Fla. "[Receivers coach Will Healy] thought I wouldn't like the snow and was worried I would change my mind about Chattanooga, but I was really hoping it would snow."

Stewart, who had committed to Jacksonville State the previous weekend following an official visit, was in Chattanooga on Friday and Saturday with his mother, aunt and younger sister. He said the trip could not have been any better.

"Everything went exactly how I wanted it to go," Stewart said after committing to UTC on Sunday afternoon. "I felt an instant connection with the coaches and my mom felt a connection, as well, and that means a lot to me."

Stewart is the Mocs' 17th commitment, counting early enrollee Hunter Townson and transfer Channing Smith. National signing day is Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Stewart, rated a 2-star prospect by Rivals.com, moved from wide receiver to quarterback before his senior season. He said he caught some passes, but mostly ran the offense and ran the ball, including a 237-rushing yard, four-touchdown game against Faith Academy.

Stewart said he was looking forward to being a full-time receiver again.

"I played receiver my junior year and I really liked that," he said. "Quarterback is fun, but I feel more comfortable at receiver."

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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