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By TOMMY BRYAN, sports editor
Two Wilson Central football standouts have made their decisions on where they will play in college Wildcat offensive tackle Cameron Clemmons will enroll at Western Kentucky University this fall while linebacker Jordan Poole has cast his lot with Southern Illinois.

Clemmons, who played in the Toyota East-West High School all-star game last month, was listed at 6-7, 265 pounds on the Wilson Central roster. He was a member of The Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen. Poole, 6-1, 220, excels in pass coverage and according to Wildcat coach Brad Dedman, “closes well and is an excellent tackler. Both these guys have their best football ahead of them.”

Earlier this week, Nick Lennox, Watertown High’s two-time all-state defensive end, verbally committed to NCAA Division II power Carson-Newman. He will sign with the Eagles Feb. 3 on National Signing Day. Lennox took in a late season game at C-N’s Jefferson City campus and came away very impressed with what he witnessed.

“It was almost like a different kind of football,” Lennox said Monday afternoon. “The atmosphere and facilities were out of this world. The reputation of the program speaks for itself. I can’t wait to get up there.”

Lennox was in on 74 tackles as a senior, 46 solo, and 11 tackles for loss. He spent part of the season at tightend, but expected to work on the defensive side of the ball for the Eagles -- especially in the early going. He helped lead Watertown’s Purple Tigers to a record of 7-4 as a senior and a berth in the Class 2A playoffs.

“I’ve had a dream of playing college football since I was a little kid. Now I have that opportunity. I want to make the best of it,” Lennox said.

He indicated he wanted to pursue a degree in business administration / marketing with a minor in human resources. Carson-Newman, coached by the legendary Ken Sparks, finished the 2009 season 11-3 overall.

Sparks just wrapped up his 30th season at Carson-Newman -- guiding the Eagles to a record of 287-70-2. He is the all-time winningest coach at the NCAA Division II level. The Eagles fell 41-27 to Grand Valley State  in the Division II national semifinals.

Lennox joins two other former Wilson County prep standouts at C-N. Wilson Central wide receiver Cody Clawson and Mt. Juliet defensive back Collin Earnhardt both sat out the 2009 season as redshirt freshmen.

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