By Janay Roberson
Chattanooga, Tenn. (UTC/The loop)—To many football fans, National Signing Day is a holiday. At least it felt like a holiday at Finley Stadium as fans celebrated Feb. 3 while UTC’s head coach Russ Huesman announced the 16 football recruits for the 2010 season.
Last season, Huesman and his staff only had roughly two months to put together a recruiting class for National Signing Day being that he was hired in December 2008. This year Huesman had more time to prepare. A lot of fans, especially students are ready to see what the new players have to offer. Senior Davaunte Dotstry from Memphis, Tenn. who was satisfied with the first season under the new coaching staff and is eager to see the continued success.“I have a good feeling about the new Chattanooga Mocs. I think the future is very bright for the team,” Dotstry said.
Even though the Mocs focused their recruiting on high school seniors, they had two transfers among the recruits. Like B.J. Coleman who transferred last year from Tennessee,Chris Donald, from Huntingdon, Tenn., also transferred from Tennessee in January. Coming out of high school in 2006, Donald was ranked a five-star recruit. To add to him being a five star recruit, Donald was also the No.1 rated inside linebacker as a senior in high school.
Also among the 2010 recruits was Terrell Robinson from South Pittsburg, Tenn., who was the 2009 Tennessee Mr. Football Division I-A Back of the year. Robinson threw for 1,687 yards, rushed for 1,322 yards, and scored 46 total TDs as a senior. Even with local players, Huesman said that his recruits have been amazed with what UTC has to offer and that’s it has been a great selling point for them to get football players to UTC.
“The last two years I’ve been recruiting for UTC, every recruit we had come in here has loved the campus, and loved our academics,” Huesman said.
While looking forward to another successful year, The Mocs’ will try to “Restore the Glory” with their 16 new recruits that will be welcomed for the new season.