BY CORY WOODROOF
A longstanding tradition at Brentwood High School comes with setting up plenty of tables on National Signing Day.
Those tables are adorned with memorabilia, celebratory cardboard displays, jerseys, pom poms and plenty of snacks for hungry high school friends.
Wednesday, Brentwood High had plenty of tables set up for its six newest Bruins off to play sports in college.
Football players Tank Starr (The Citadel) and Avery Williams (UT-Chattanooga), rower Millie Oldham (Navy), soccer standout Kennedy McCoy (UNC Asheville), lacrosse standout Ashlyn Hanover and golf standout Drew Howard (Montevallo) will all head on to represent the school at the next level of competition.
For Starr, Wednesday’s celebration is a moment to finally take a bit of a breath.
“It’s just a big accomplishment for me,” Starr said of signing. “It’s been a long journey, and it’s just finally over. I can relax a little bit.”
He sees The Citadel, South Carolina’s Military College, as a place he can challenge himself.
“I feel like it gives me the best opportunity,” he said. “Four years for forty years, you know?”
He credits his future alma mater as a place that taught him to compete in all moments.
Williams will be heading just about two hours east, and sees the
“It’s just amazing to be here,” Williams said on joining UTC.
The wide receiver showed his gratitude for his high school.
“They’ve given me everything, since I was in middle school, I’ve been working out with them,” he said. “They’ve been teaching me the game of football, teaching me how to be the best teammate, the best student, the best man. They taught me everything.”
There was another wide receiver named Terrell Owens who was once a Moc, a standard for any and all who go to play college football that the greats can come from anywhere.
“It can,” Williams said of the sky being the limit for him and anyone who plays at the next level. “It absolutely can…I just hope to do my best as soon as I get up there. I can’t wait.”
Oldham joins Nolensville running back Colton Dooley as a WillCo athlete going to compete at one of the nation’s major service academies (Dooley is off to West Point).
She says she’s been wanting to join Navy for all of her four years of high school, making Wednesday’s ceremony a dream fulfilled.
“Making it official is super exciting,” she said.
She said she sees heading up to Annapolis for college as one with many positives.
“I think Navy has a really good balance of academics and athletics, and also being able to serve my country,” she said. “So the opportunities are just endless.”
Photos courtesy of Brentwood High School.