Six McCallie athletes announced Wednesday their plans to participate in college sports during the spring signing period, with four seniors signing with NCAA Division I programs in football and soccer.
Standout wide receiver Rico Dozier announced that he will be a preferred walk-on for new Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt, and Dozier was joined in signing with teammates Xavier Brooks (Tufts University), Alec Earp (Berry College), Jay Gibson (Western Kentucky) and Jorden Starling (Middle Tennessee State).
Coach Ralph Potter praised his five former players for their hard work and dedication to the team, and he urged all of them to look at signing day as a beginning in their paths to become better men and adults.
In addition to the five football players signing in Wednesday's ceremony. Two other former football players have signed college scholarships in other sports. Hakim McMorris signed in the fall to run track at California Berkley, and River Henry has signed to wrestle at Old Dominion University.
In soccer, Thomas Priest signed a letter of intent to continue his athletic career at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Priest was a crucial part of last season's TSSAA Division II-AA state championship team, and Coach Chris Cushenberry spoke of Priest's unique combination of confidence and humility as the key to his success.