Four football players took official visits to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this weekend. Three of those committed to the Mocs before heading home and a fourth player, after visiting Murray State, told Mocs coaches Sunday that he was committing to UTC.
The four-player haul brings the Mocs' total of known commitments to 15. In the group are two safeties, a defensive lineman and UTC's first wide receiver commitment.
The commitment of Xavier Borishade from North Cobb (Ga.) High School addresses a position of need for the Mocs. Last season, UTC's top two receivers were part-time quarterback/wideout Terrell Robinson (40 receptions) and tight end Faysal Shafaat (37 receptions).
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Borishade had 42 catches and 10 receiving touchdowns last season, earning a spot on the Marietta Daily Journal's All-Cobb County team. Borishade also returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns.
"[UTC coaches] said they wanted to use me like as a speed back and in the slot, so I'll have a lot of one-on-ones with a linebacker," he said, describing a role similar to current Moc Marquis Green.
The Mocs' new safety commitments are Lucas Webb of Tuscaloosa County (Ala.) High School and Jerkerious Scott of Terrell County (Ga.) High School. Webb made the Tuscaloosa News' All-West Alabama Class 6A team and picked UTC over Jacksonville State and Charleston Southern, among others.
"I came up with my family, and just right from the start [UTC] showed us really good hospitality and I really bonded with the players," the 6-1, 190-pounder said. "The whole place in general, I can fit in there."
Scott, a four-year quarterback starter, is up for the Albany Herald player of the year award after rushing for 1,170 yards and throwing for 602. He scored 16 touchdowns, converted 16 two-point conversions and made 72 tackles, according to the Herald.
Scott (5-11, 183) picked UTC over The Citadel and several other schools and said the Mocs want him "to follow in D.J. Key's footsteps." That's high praise since Key as been among the top Southern Conference safeties the past three seasons.
Rated a three-star prospect by 247sports.com, defensive lineman Taylor Reynolds of McAdory (Ala.) High School received Class 5A all-state honorable mention in 2012 and made the Birmingham News' All-West first team. The 6-3, 260-pound Reynolds played offense and defense, totaling 88 tackles and five sacks at defensive end, according to the News.
Reynolds visited UTC earlier this month but didn't make up his mind until Sunday.
"At the end of all this, I felt like [UTC] was the best place for me," he said. "I felt like I had the best chance there to win and become a great player."
Reynolds said he also had offers from The Citadel, Murray State and Tennessee Tech.
John Frierson is in his fifth year at the Times Free Press and fifth 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 ...