MNPS National Signing Day Class of 2016 from Overton’s “The Bobcat Beat”

Posted on Feb 4 2016 - 11:10pm by Mike Strasinger



The John Overton High School Event Marketing Academy and the journalism staff of the Bobcat Beat are pleased to announce the National Signing Day Class of 2016.

  • Each MNPS school below has its own Online Press Room.
  • Included are quotes from the day available for your use, as well as a gallery of pictures for you to use for the purpose of media and sharing with friends and family.

From the sidelines:

Any day one of our own student journalism staff members gets an opportunity to witness great work being done in a Metro Nashville Public high schools it is its own intrinsic reward.

However, to witness students sharing their own personal successes with other students, ON THE RECORD, was beyond a blessing indeed.


If you are in need of more than what is available, do not hesitate to contact us, as we most likely have it. We just shared a tidbit of the day. The list is compiled based on coaches responses and Bobcat Beat NSD participation.


Teams, Players and Schools are in alpha order:

Cane Ridge

12848 Old Hickory Blvd, Antioch, TN

Football Letters of Intent Signed

Austin Jackson  – Eastern Kentucky

Brysen Terrel – Cumberland University

Soccer Letter of Signed Intent

Shake Adams – Florida Gulf Coast University



East Nashville Magnet:
110 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN
Head Coach, Brian Waite


Football Letters of Intent Signed

Devarius Cortner  Western Carolina University

DeAndre Gavins – Cumberland University

Dewayne Williams-Cumberland University

WBB Letter of Intent Signed

LaJzae Davidson – Furman University

“The class of 2016 is a very tightknit group who is proud to see you one of their own succeed so sending them off is not a sad thing but a celebration.” Brian Waite, East Nashville Head Football Coach 



Hillwood High School

400 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN

Head Coach, Kurt Page

Football Letters of Intent Signed

Jamal Kirklen  – Tennessee State University

Terron Smith  – Cumberland University


The community was very excited for both of these players and the school can’t wait to see what these toppers do next.” Kurt Page, Head Coach for Hillwood High School

In response to questions regarding the turn around season Hillwood had this year, and Jamal’s part in this ….

These players have been through a lot as a team and played together for a while and make each other better. -Mother of Jamal, Michelle Kirklen  



Hillsboro High School

3812 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, Tn

Head Coach, Craig Clayton


Football Letters of Intent Signed

Sampson Bradley- University of the Cumberlands

Malique Fleming- Mercer University

Roy Hunter- Eastern Kentucky University

Jay King– Coastal Carolina University

Malcom Swann- Austin Peay University


All these players have the tools to be great they just need to keep that work ethic and I know they will have success”. -Craig Clayton, Hillsboro Head Football Coach

This is a new book and he gets to write his own story. -Jay Kings dad (Hillsboro signee)



McGavock High School
3150 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN

Head Coach, Jay Gore

Football Letters of Intent Signed
Evan Gowdy – University of Tennessee at Martin


Overton High School:

4820 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN
Head Coach, Steve Williams

Football Letters of Intent Signed
Elijah Pankey – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Mareio D McGraw – Murray State University

“I believe that both of these players will be great fits no matter what side of the ball they play on”. -Coach Steve Williams, Overton High School



Pearl Cohn High School

904 26th Avenue North, Nashville, TN
Head Coach, Elie Brunetti


Football Letters of Intent Signed
Jimmy Ferrell – Alabama State University
Jaelin Fisher – Ellsworth Community College
Rontavius Groves – North Carolina University
Gregory Hancock – Bethel University
Marcus Left – Bethel University

Tony Graves – Bethel University
Aijalon Morris – Highland Community College

My “Wow” moment of the season was seeing my men demonstrate the character of who they are on the field. -Sonia Stewart, Pearl Cohn Entertainment Magnet, Executive Principle 



Stratford STEM Magnet High School

1800 Stratford Ave, Nashville, TN

Head Coach: Maurice Fitzgerald

Trevaughn Hatcher – North Dakota State College of Science; 
Khalil Jones – Tennessee State; 
Ty McKibbon – Lindsey Wilson (Ky.); 
Corey Simmons – Austin Peay; 
William Summers – Tennessee State.

Daniel Williams – Citrus Junior College (Ca)



The shared pictures in these galleries are owned by the
They are shared here for the purpose of community and school engagement, media relations and family enjoyment.
The sale of any photo, for any reason, is strictly prohibited.

The Event Marketing Academy

Dr. Jill Pittman, Executive Principal

Dr. Stephen Sheaffer, Event Marketing Principal and Athletic Director

Susan Strasinger

Media Relations Director

John Overton High School

4820 Franklin Road

Nashville, TN 37220


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