Four Siegel High football football players that had a big impact in Siegel’s success recently signed letters of intent with colleges.
Quarterback Dakota Crane (Bethel), athlete Dominique Gooch (Cumberland University), wide receiver Wes Hayes (University of Cumberlands) and linebacker Nick Peters (University of Cumberlands) signed this past week to play in college.
Crane threw for 2,073 yards with 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions in his lone season as the Stars’ starter. He helped lead Siegel to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
He also rushed for 521 yards with five touchdowns.
“It means a lot to me to be able to play college football,” Crane said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was young. It doesn’t matter that it’s not a big school.”
Bethel is located in McKenzie and is an NAIA school. Crane said the school runs some spread offense and also get in the I-formation. He said he’s been told he should be able to compete for playing time immediately.
Hayes caught 41 passes for an area-best 808 yards with nine receiving touchdowns. Hayes acknowledged that there are Rutherford County players there or headed there. Former Siegel lineman Jamison Frazier is there. And Oakland’s Fred Wade recently committed to the school.
Peters, a standout at linebacker the past two seasons, had 96 tackles this year with three forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and three interceptions. He also was named to the all-state team this past season. Peters said he and Hayes plan on rooming together next season.
Peters said he believes that the Cumberlands can remain at a high level next season.
“I fee like we can go back to the championship game again next year and hopefully win it,” Peters said.
Gooch, who played on offense and defense for the Stars, struggled with shoulder injuries during the season, but remained one of Crane’s top receivers.
More Cumberlands signings: La Vergne senior Dylan Linville, a defensive back, recently signed with the University of the Cumberlands.
Smyrna fullback Trenton Couch also signed with the University of the Cumberlands.
Offered: Blackman running back Charlie Davidson (Class of 2015) has picked up offers from Austin Peay, Illinois State and Furman. Davidson rushed for 1,000 yards as a junior for the Blaze.
* Oakland receiver Kyle Oliver (Class of 2015) has picked up offers from Illinois State and Mercer. Teammates Austin Barrett and Caleb Yates — both linemen — signed with the Southern Conference team in February.
Respect: Coming off its first state softball title in school history, Smyrna was ranked 26th in the nation by MaxPreps in its preseason poll. Smyrna (40-10) won the Class AAA state title in 2013 and returns its ace Makenzie Prince, who was the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.