By Anthony Rhoads
Lovejoy High School is turning into a pipeline for Tennessee.
Lovejoy senior lineman Chris Scott, 6-5, 322 pounds; has verbally committed to play for the Volunteers and will be joining former teammate Anthony Parker, who was a red-shirt freshman offensive lineman at Tennessee in 2004.
"I think it's great," Lovejoy head coach Al Hughes said. "He made a decision he felt that was best for him. I it's great he's got the opportunity. Personally, I would have liked for him to go to Georgia but I guess I'm going to have to learn 'Rocky Top' now."
Scott, one of the mostly recruited offensive linemen in the country, played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio earlier this month and was recently named as a Parade All-American.
"It's just awesome," Hughes said. "I had the best time of my life in San Antonio when he played. He did an awesome job. He played extremely well and was one of the most dominating athletes out there. Then for him to come home and be selected as a Parade All-American; it's a great honor for him. He's our first and we're extremely proud of him."
Scott will be one of about six Lovejoy players who are slated to sign Wednesday.
Defensive back Keith Fitzhugh has committed to Mississippi State and lineman Jack Battle is leaning toward East Carolina. Some other Lovejoy players who are expected to sign including linemen Martegus Yancey and Jermaine Jordan and linebacker/punter David McHone.
"Those three are on the verge," Hughes said.
Lovejoy has had numerous football players go on to play in college including running back Tashard Choice, who originally went to Oklahoma but recently transferred to Georgia Tech. Some other former Lovejoy players who went on to Division I-A and I-AA include Richard Carter and Vernard Hoover to UAB, Santini Washington to Coastal Carolina, Shannon Mayfield to Cornell, Todd Springfield to East Carolina, Jeremy Lomax to Georgia, Kisan Flakes to Illinois, Antoine Huffman to Kentucky, Michael Heard to Mississippi State, Darrin Mitchell to Notre Dame and DeRae Allen to Western Carolina.
"We've been very fortunate," Hughes said. "It's a thrill for me personally. It's such a good thing for our school, our community and our kids. Their college educations are getting paid for and it's an exciting opportunity for them."