EAST FLAT ROCK
Western Carolina University football has kept another Eagle from flying outside the mountains.
East Henderson tight end Tyler Sexton committed to the Catamounts on Tuesday.
Sexton earned All-Western North Carolina Athletic Conference and All-WNC honors in 2012. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound senior made 35 receptions for 779 yards and set a single-season school record for touchdown receptions (18).
“How many tight ends do you see break a school record like that?” said Brett Chappell, who left the Eagles to become Pisgah’s coach on Jan. 7.
“Tyler brings a lot to the table. I’m excited for him.”
Sexton expects to sign with WCU today alongside another Catamounts recruit, East Henderson defensive back/wide receiver Steffon Hill, and quarterback Seth Owen (who is headed to UNC Pembroke).
As of Tuesday, Hill and Sexton were the only two local seniors scheduled to become part of WCU’s latest signing class.
Chappell and the 2012 Eagles (11-2) won their fourth conference title in eight years in his final season. Chappell is a former All-Southern Conference linebacker who played his college ball in Cullowhee.
“I think that (WCU coach Mark Speir) has been a great hire for them and his staff is really looking at a lot of local talent,” Chappell said.
“I think it’s going to benefit not only on the field, but in filling the stands up. It goes beyond football.”
Reynolds senior linebacker John Nick Setterlind committed to play football for Liberty.
Setterlind was an All-Mountain Athletic Conference and All-WNC linebacker last fall who made 123.5 tackles (12 for a loss) for the MAC 4-A champion Rockets (9-3).
Setterlind is the second WNC football player to commit to the Flames, joining Asheville High lineman Jesse Karnezis.
Setterlind plans to sign today along with Reynolds teammate Moliek Short (Mars Hill).
Swain trio makes
Three members of Swain County’s 1-AA Western Regional championship football team are expected to sign with colleges today.
Defensive back/wide receiver Matthew Maennle and linebacker/lineman Corbin Panther have committed to Mars Hill, while linebacker/lineman Jacob Wildcatt will continue his career at Georgia Military.
All three seniors were All-WNC selections this past season for the Maroon Devils (15-1). Maennle was the 2012 Citizen-Times All-WNC Player of the Year and set school records for career receptions (136), receiving yards (2,589) and receiving touchdowns (37).
Western Carolina is among the colleges which have offered a scholarship to All-WNC receiver Greg Tisho, but he remains undecided.
Erwin’s Metts makes baseball commitment
Erwin senior Joe Metts has committed to play college baseball for Erskine (S.C.).
The first baseman batted .315 with 25 RBIs and six home runs last season to earn a spot on the All-MAC team. Metts plans to sign with Erskine on April 17.