It’s been almost a month since the NCAA early signing period for football ended and two months since the initial signing period for basketball and all other sports opened.
During that time, a few dozen Nashville-area high school seniors announced their college plans.
Here’s a quick rundown organized by sport:
Andrew Davidson, Lipscomb Academy: The two-way player announced his pledge to Harding University (Arkansas) on Jan. 4. Davidson batted .287 with five home runs and 28 RBIs for the Mustangs in 2021.
Reggie Cooper, Stewarts Creek: The 6-foot-2 outfielder is taking the JUCO route. Cooper announced his commitment to Cleveland State Community College on Nov. 30.
Paxton Davidson, Green Hill: The combo guard committed to coach Lennie Acuff and the Lipscomb Bisons on Dec. 13. He averaged 14 points and four rebounds per game while shooting nearly 50 percent from the 3-point line for the Tennessee Tigers on the AAU circuit last summer.
Jake Mulder, Ravenwood: The 6-foot-7 forward signed with Trevecca this week. Mulder has been an all-district and all-region performer while serving as an intimidating post presence for the Raptors.
Sam Beasley, Brentwood: Beasley, an offensive tackle and center, paved the way for Brentwood's prolific offense to shine. He scored a 34 on his ACT and committed to Washington University in St. Louis this week.
Cole Becker, Father Ryan: The linebacker and TnFCA All-State selection announced on Dec. 21 his intent to play football at Appalachian State, joining former Father Ryan quarterback D.C. Tabscott in Boone, North Carolina.
Upton Bellenfant, Stewarts Creek: Bellenfant was 2-of-4 on field-goal tries with a long of 40 yards last season while recording touchbacks on 31 kickoffs and averaging 41 yards per punt. The kicker/punter committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide on Dec. 16.
Kane and Keenan Burnley, Trousdale County: The brothers announced their commitments to Cumberland University on Jan. 5. Both athletes helped guide the Yellow Jackets to the Class 2A semifinals.
Evan Carney, CPA: The Lions leaned on Carney to protect quarterback Cade Law and company. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound left tackle did just that, earning TnFCA All-State honors and a scholarship to Western Carolina.
Braden Ford, Lipscomb Academy: Ford compiled 68 total tackles and 8.5 tackles for loss as a linebacker for the Division II-AA state champion Mustangs. He committed to Lindsey Wilson on Jan. 8.
Adam Hickerson, Blackman: After handling right tackle duties for Blackman last season, Hickerson plans to be a defensive lineman at Maryville College. He announced his commitment on Thursday.
Jalen Jones, Brentwood Academy: Jones finished his senior year with 18 tackles and an interception. The inside linebacker committed to UT Martin on Dec. 29.
Marcus Lloyd, Riverdale: Lloyd rushed for 899 yards and nine touchdowns on 168 carries last fall. He will continue his career at Bethel University (Tennessee) after committing on Dec. 20.
Luke Manning, Hendersonville: Manning accounted for 2,032 total yards 24 touchdowns as the Commandos' signal caller last fall. He committed to Campbellsville University on Jan. 7.
Jadon Moore, Ravenwood: The 6-foot, 225-pound defensive lineman announced his commitment to Mount St. Joseph University (Ohio) on Dec. 25, choosing the Lions over offers from Birmingham-Southern and Sewanee.
Rashad Owens, Davidson Academy: Owens racked up 85 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, four passes defended and two interceptions as a senior. That led him to commit to Lindsey Wilson on Dec. 23.
Logan Penhollow, Pope Prep: The 6-foot-2, 265-pound two-way lineman announced his plans to play football at Indiana Wesleyan on Jan. 7.
Isaac Rollins, Ravenwood: Considered a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rollins decided to challenge himself on the field and in the classroom. He pledged to Harvard on Dec. 20.
Jeffrey Vercher, FRA: Vercher carried the ball 170 times for 1,083 and 17 touchdowns in 2021, while also returning kicks and punts and playing defense. He committed to Drake on Dec. 26.
Kaitlyn Lorenzi, Brentwood: Lorenzi committed to Hanover College (Indiana) on Jan. 4. She is averaging 10.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the Lady Bruins this season.
Sarah Kate Rath, Ravenwood: She scored 17 goals and added 23 assists to earn District 11-AAA Co-Attacker of the Year last fall. The midfielder committed to Cincinnati earlier this week.
Yukino Wakatsuki, Franklin: Wakatsuki provided a steady presence in the midfield for the Lady Admirals, who fell to Nolensville in the Region 6-AAA semifinals. She will continue her career at New York University.
Nya Browne, Hume-Fogg: The middle blocker played a key role in leading Hume-Fogg to its first state title since 1998. Browne announced her commitment to USC Upstate on Dec. 27.
Tanya Sichling, Ravenwood: The outsider hitter delivered 321 kills, 220 digs and 35 total blocks for the Class AAA runner-up Lady Raptors in 2021. She committed to The Catholic University of America (Washington, D.C.) on Dec. 15.
Morgan Wilson, Lipscomb Academy: After helping the Lady Mustangs to the first round of the Division II-AA state tournament, the setter/opposite hitter announced her commitment to Freed-Hardeman on Nov. 11.
NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list. Please report any recent college commitments not listed to email@example.com with the athlete’s name, sport and school.
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