KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Whether you're heading to the SEC or playing for a small college at the next level, signing your national letter of intent is the continuation of a dream for student-athletes. It's the next step in a pursuit of sporting passion. That's especially true for the Early Signing Period, where young players (especially those playing football) have an opportunity to get a head start on their journey to the next level.

While those heading to Tennessee get a lot of attention in the area, it's important to highlight as many of the local student-athletes as possible that are chasing their dreams. This list will be updated throughout the next few days to include pictures, videos and more of players signing on the dotted line.

Cocke County

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Stiles Moore, defensive end (football)

SCHOOL: Western Michigan.

Greeneville

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Will Albright, long snapper (football)

SCHOOL: Tennessee

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Ty Youngblood, linebacker/fullback (football)

SCHOOL: Furman

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Chris Everhart, guard (football)

SCHOOL: Marshall

Maryville

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Tee Hodge, running back (football)

SCHOOL: Tennessee

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Cade Chambers, quarterback (football)

SCHOOL: Indiana State

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Mason Shelton, linebacker (football)

SCHOOL: Coastal Carolina

Greenback

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Derrell Bailey Jr, defensive end (football)

SCHOOL: Virginia Tech

Powell

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Colton Webb, defensive end/tackle (football)

SCHOOL: ETSU

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Walker Trusley, baseball

SCHOOL: ETSU

South-Doyle

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Elijah Young, running back (football)

SCHOOL: Missouri

Catholic

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Cooper Mays, center (football)

SCHOOL: Tennessee

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Bryn Tucker, guard (football)

SCHOOL: Clemson

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Tyler Baron, defensive end (football)

SCHOOL: Tennessee

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Chancellor Bright, wide receiver (football)

SCHOOL: Marshall

Union County

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Wyatt Hall, long snapper (football)

SCHOOL: Tusculum

Alcoa

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Brackston Alford, tackle (football)

SCHOOL: Memphis

Oneida

STUDENT-ATHLETE: Hunter Barnhart, TE/LB (football)

SCHOOL: Tennessee Tech

Hunter Barnhart
Oneida's Hunter Barnhart commits to Tennessee Tech during the Early Signing Period.
Tony Lambert

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