Brentwood Academy senior Jeremiah Oatsvall has committed to play football at Austin Peay
Oatsvall, the reigning 2015 Tennessean Male Athlete of the Year and a 2015 All-Midstate first-team selection, accounted for more than 3,000 yards from scrimmage for Brentwood Academy last season, helping lead the Eagles to a 12-1 record and their first state championship since 2007.
“When I first got the offer I really overlooked them and didn’t really give them a fair shot,” said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Oatsvall. “The thing that appealed to me the most is that they’re a rebuilding program, and I like the idea of helping rebuild the program. I kind of like that underdog mentality.
“I was just on a call with Coach (Will) Healy. We were talking and I just kind of felt it — like this was the right time — and he was ecstatic.”
Oatsvall, who chose Austin Peay over scholarship offers from Air Force, Chattanooga, Navy and Samford, among others, threw for 1,965 yards, ran for 1,164 more and accounted for 30 total touchdowns last season.
Oatsvall, who has also helped lead Brentwood Academy to back-to-back state basketball titles, had received recruiting interest from a handful of larger schools, such as Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. However, the two-sport standout was set on playing quarterback at the next level.
“Vandy wanted me to play safety — I had never played safety before, and they wanted to try me out there — but I really believe I’m a quarterback at heart and I have the mindset of a quarterback,” he said. “Austin Peay believes that, too, and their plans for me are at quarterback.
“I really feel like I can go there and make an impact right away.”
Oatsvall, a three-star quarterback and the state’s 45th-ranked prospect according to 247Sports, is the fourth Midstate senior to commit to the Governors this offseason, joining Brentwood Academy fullback Jack McDonald, Hendersonville lineman Brandon Dove, Independence wide receiver Owen Murphy and Station Camp linebacker Hunter Scholato.