Tennessee has only one running back commit in the Class of 2018 and he’s playing well when it matters most. Anthony Grant helped lead Buford high school past Stockbridge 20-17 to advance to the Georgia state semifinals next Friday.
Grant finished the game with 69 rushing yards and a touchdown, according to Sarah Woodall of the Gainesville Times. He has consistently made big plays when his team has needed it, on both sides of the ball. Grant also plays linebacker and does a pretty good job of it.
Tennessee potentially has junior John Kelly coming back next season, and his possible return could make for a crowded backfield. Freshman’s Ty Chandler and Tim Jordan have both received playing time this season, too.
Grant will have to wait his turn behind the more experienced backs, but the all-around star has the potential to make a difference down the line for the Vols. He hasn’t wavered in his commitment, and that’ll be very encouraging to the new staff when it is hired.
Buford fans chanted, “We want Rome — We want Rome!” after the quarterfinals win. Buford will face Rome High School, which features Tennessee commit Jamarcus Chatman.
Chatman has been one of the leaders on the defensive line, helping Rome reach the Class 5A state semifinals.
Rome has yet to be truly tested in its playoff run thanks to its stout defense, which limited Starr’s Mill to 10 points Friday.
Chatman and Grant will try to get the better of each other one final time before the two are teammates on Rocky Top.
Tennessee’s possible quarterback of the future has had one heck of a season, but he couldn’t bring a state championship to Tampa Bay Tech. That doesn’t take away from his accomplishments this season, though.
Michael Penix finished with 131 yards passing and an interception but did add an 80-yard touchdown run, according to Rodney Page. Tampa Bay Tech fell 48-17 on Friday.
Penix led his team to an 11-2 record his senior season. The lefty plans to take advantage of the early-signing period Dec. 20 and enroll early.
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