Murfreesboro trio among top area junior players

Murfreesboro trio among top area junior players

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Murfreesboro trio among top area junior players

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Coming on the heels of a talented senior class, Middle Tennessee has a group of juniors that are already in demand by colleges and should make their presence felt this fall. Here’s a look at a few of them.

Jackson Harris

Columbia, TE, 6-6, 245

* After a solid sophomore season and a strong showing on the combine and camp circuit, Harris has received offers from Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

Van Jefferson

Ravenwood, WR, 6-2, 180

* Jefferson moved to the area during the offseason after his father was hired as receivers coach for the Titans. Penn State, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and MTSU have already made offers.

Jauan Jennings

Blackman, DB, 6-4, 185

* The dual-threat quarterback is more likely to play safety in college and had three interceptions last season. He has offers from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Duke, MTSU and Tennessee Tech.

Jack Jones

Oakland, OL, 6-5, 270

* Committed to Tennessee since May, Jones projects as one of the top 2015 offensive tackles in the country, earning a No. 7 ranking among linemen and a No. 4 spot among tackles at the Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge.

Rico McGraw

Ensworth, DB, 6-0, 185

* Coming off a sophomore season in which he had 25 tackles with two interceptions and 12 pass breakups, McGraw has offers from most of the SEC, including Alabama, LSU, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee.

Kyle Phillips

Hillsboro, DE, 6-4, 250

* Phillips backed his all-district effort last fall with a series of eye-catching performances on the camp and combine circuit. He has offers from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Clemson, Duke, Virginia and Tennessee State.

C.J. Sanders

Brentwood Acad., WR, 5-9, 170

* The son of former Titans receiver Chris Sanders had 27 receptions for 445 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore along with 387 kickoff return yards and a TD on 11 tries. He has offers from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Stanford.

Donovan Sheffield

Ensworth, DB, 5-11, 170

* Already committed to Vanderbilt, where his father played, Sheffield also plays running back (304 yards, three TDs in 2012) but projects as a cornerback in college. He had two interceptions, 11 pass breakups and 30 tackles as a sophomore.

Josh Smith

Oakland, LB, 6-4, 225

* Limited by an injury last fall, the younger brother of Vanderbilt commitment Emmanuel Smith has offers from the Commodores, Tennessee, Kentucky, MTSU and UT-Martin. He could grow into a defensive end by the time he reaches college.

Andrew Wood

Friendship, OL, 6-5, 285

* A starter on both sides of the ball as a sophomore, Wood has received offers from Vanderbilt, Duke and Navy. He graded out at 90 percent for the season with 17 pancake blocks and didn’t allow a sack during the Commanders’ 2A championship season.

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