Local football commitments
By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Mt. Juliet High tight end Matt Stewart committed over the weekend to UT-Martin and will sign scholarship papers with the Skyhawks on National Signing Day. He becomes the second Mt. Juliet Golden Bear to verbally commit, after kicker / punter Tyler Emmetts said late last week he would be signing with Cumberland University. Here's Tyler's story.
Problem solved. -- Seeking a resolution to hiccups in the kicking game that cost the squad three wins in 2009, Cumberland’s coaching staff didn’t have to go far for a remedy. Mt. Juliet High’s all-state kicker / punter Tyler Emmetts has verbally committed to CU and is expected to sign scholarship papers next week.
Emmetts, son of Bill and Lesli Emmetts, turned down “priority” walk-on opportunities at Middle Tennessee State and Austin Peay in favor of a scholarship offer from Bulldog head coach Dewayne Alexander.
“We had a very good visit to Cumberland last weekend,” Tyler’s mother Lesli said Thursday morning. “Coach Alexander and the players seemed to place a lot of value on signing the right kicker.”
Emmetts is expected to major in criminal justice at Cumberland. As a senior at Mt. Juliet, Emmetts punted 16 times for an average of 41.6 per. He connected on 10-of-13 field goal attempts with a long kick of 46 yards and went 48-of-51 on PAT attempts.
In the off season, Emmetts has worked with former University of Tennessee kicker James Wilhoit and former Vanderbilt punter John Markham. Emmetts was voted Class 6A All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and in 2008 was named Region 5, 5A Kicker of the Year.
Other local commitments include: Watertown DE / TE Nick Lennox to NCAA Division II power Carson Newman; Wilson Central offensive tackle Cameron Clemmons to Western Kentucky and Central linebacker Jordan Poole to Southern Illinois.