Leading the way was Josh Routh, who signed to run cross country for East Tennessee State University.
Also making their choices were three athletes who selected Milligan College. Jaclyn Jenkins will play softball and Caroline Little will play volleyball for the Lady Buffs while Mitch Bronstetter will run cross country for the men’s program.
Also, two other softball standouts made their choices with Caroline Wilson going to Roane State and Rhetta Persinger picking Davis Wilkins University in West Virginia.
And over in Elizabethton also on Thursday, quarterback Hunter Tyree made it official to play football at Alderson Broaddus in West Virginia.
Routh said ETSU was his choice for two big reasons.
“I looked at ETSU not only for its athletics, but also for its academics,” said Routh. “Academically they have a great medical program, and that includes pharmacy, which is the type of career I plan on pursuing.
“On the athletic side, Coach (George) Watts is a top-of-the-line coach, and the team has such a great atmosphere and chemistry. I just couldn’t turn it down.”
Making the step from high school to the college level will be quite an athletic challenge, Routh said.
“I’m going to be competing against grown men, who have that college-level experience — whereas I’m still competing against people my age,” he said. “It’s definitely not going to be something that’s easy, but I see it being like my freshman year of high school. I’m going to have to go in and prove myself.
“I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to go in and race against some new competition.”
For now though, Routh said his focus is still with the Trailblazers.
“I’m looking forward to my senior year of track, and hope to make the most of it,” he said.