Maleik Gray has played just five high school varsity football games as a La Vergne High freshman.
Gray, a 6-foot-1, 178-pound athlete, has already caught the eye of college football recruiters.
The Wolverine running back has been offered by three SEC programs — Kentucky, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.
“He’s pretty good,” La Vergne coach Stanton Stevens said. “I’ve been saying it. Every week he gets better. He’s adjusting quickly.
“It’s unusual for a freshman to adjust like he’s doing. He has a really good upside to him.”
Stevens, who won a state title at Austin-East and reached the state championship game at Oak Ridge, said he’s never had a freshman garner this much attention this early.
“He does things you can’t coach,” Stevens said. “We are really pleased at what he’s doing. But the thing is he’s as good of a young man than he is football player. Several in the building have complimented him on how nice and pleasant (he is).”
Gray has rushed for 244 yards on 50 carries this season. He has 156 receiving yards on eight catches.
Recruiting update: Oakland junior linebacker Josh Smith currently has offers from Kentucky, MTSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Clemson also has intensified its recruitment of the 6-3, 215-pound linebacker. Smith has 27 tackles this season.
He missed a portion of the Patriots’ 37-14 win over Smyrna because of an ankle sprain. He is likely out this week against Brentwood because of the injury.
Creek maturing: Stewarts Creek’s girls soccer has three wins and a tie with perennial power Siegel, which isn’t bad for a team with a roster that includes 11 freshmen, six sophomores with one junior and one senior.
“It definitely was a huge confidence boost,” Stewarts Creek coach Brooke Mayo said of the 0-0 tie. “We are starting to pick it up. We’re playing well right now because of our heart and chemistry.”
Stewarts Creek (3-5-1) will play in a tournament at McGavock this weekend.
Porter to Vol State: Riverdale senior Caylee Porter recently committed to Volunteer State Community College. Porter, a first baseman and outfielder for the Lady Warriors this past season, was the District 7-AAA Offensive MVP. Porter hit .403 this past season with four home runs, 11 doubles and 25 RBIs.
“I really like the program,” Porter said. “I like where it’s going, and I like the style of coaching.”
Porter played for Germantown Gold during the summer.
“I had a good summer,” she said. “I hit four home runs and had a bunch of extra base hits.”
Riverdale was the District 7-AAA and Region 4-AAA runner-up this past season and reached the Class AAA state tournament.
Chattanooga State, Motlow and Trevecca also recruited Porter.
Lynn to Young Harris: Oakland senior Sebastian Lynn recently committed to Young Harris College to play baseball. Young Harris is a Division II school located in Georgia.
Lynn, a catcher, sat out most of the 2013 season due to TSSAA transfer rules.
Lyons takes over Siegel softball: Perry Lyons has taken over the Siegel High softball program following the resignation of Karen Green.
Green, who was the Lady Stars’ coach for the school’s first 10 seasons, resigned as a teacher and coach after the school year began to be a full-time health coach. She had been doing it part time.
“I teach people how to get off their medications, get more energy and how to lose weight,” said Green, who had been a health coach for over a year. “It just was so rewarding, and it just kept growing and growing.
“Things just lined up perfectly. Normally, you don’t want to do it at the beginning of the year.”
Green has coached softball for 25 years. She was MTSU’s first softball coach. She said that competitiveness in coaching will continue in her new job.
“You can still be competitive in this,” Green said. “This has a competitive side to it as well. I get to help people not only lose weight, but help train people how to be health coaches all over the country.”
Blaze in college: Four members of Blackman’s 2013 District 7-AAA boys basketball championship team are currently playing basketball in college. In addition to Tennessee freshman Darius Thompson, Justin Coleman, Josh Maher and Alec McMiller also are playing in college.
Coleman is attending Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Coleman will play small forward this season. Maher is at Martin Methodist. McMiller is playing at Northwood University in Midland, Mich.
Star in college: Siegel graduate Robert Brandon signed with Cleveland State, where he will join Oakland graduate Dontae Lippert.
Brandon was one of the area’s top scoring leaders prior to sustaining a season-ending knee injury.