Signing Day Proves Fruitful For Chattanooga Area High School Football Players


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Several Chattanooga area high school football players signed college scholarships Wednesday on Nationals Signing Day. Red Bank play-maker Calvin Jackson signed with Wofford. Jackson scored 85 touchdowns during his career with the Lions. McCallie’s signing party grew so big, they had to move the ceremony to the gym as seven players signed scholarships. Quindarius Dunningan signed with MTSU. Shannon Walker signed with the University of the Cumberlands. Stone Roebuck signed with Berry College. Kristopher Bowman signed with Samford. Cameron Stewart signed with Tennessee State University. Wyatt Hughes singed with Furman, and Brandon Benn signed with Yale. Notre Dame had four kids sign on Wednesday. Cameron Wynn is headed to Florida Atlantic to play for Lane Kiffin. Tarik Nelson and Monroe Beard signed with Arkansas Pine Bluff, and Jordan Ford signed with Garden City College.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at