Thomson High School offensive lineman Dillon McTier signed a commitment Friday to attend Carson-Newman College.
The senior said he hopes to play football his freshman year with the Jefferson City, Tenn., school.
"He's a hardworking young man and very respectful," assistant coach Brad Smith told The McDuffie Mirror.
McTier played junior varsity football his freshman year at THS. He played center for the varsity his sophomore year before closing two years on the offensive line under coach Luther Welsh.
He also was on the track team under coach Mike Costello, throwing the discus and shot put. McTier said he will not be able to participate in track this spring. He will umpire at Sweetwater and will focus on his football conditioning.
"So I've gotta do my homework sometime," he said.
McTier said his favorite Bulldog memory is of a pancake block that allowed a long gain against Burke County.
"I had a lot of good coaching here," he said of Welsh and Smith.
At college, McTier hopes to major in mathematics or physical education.
"I would like to come back here to teach and coach," he said.
McTier also gave credit to Dr. Roderick Hilton, the assistant principal for discipline. "He was the man responsible for getting me to the college," he said.
He said Hilton made phone calls and sent out videos.
"He did a lot for me," McTier said.
He said Hilton also encouraged him to set a goal for his SAT score.
"He set me up on financial aid and told me what scholarships I should apply for," McTier said.
The assistant principal said he enjoyed helping McTier.
"He has a lot of potential, very humble, very polite," he said.
McTier said he caught the Tennessee school's eye at the Blue Chip Football Camp.
He is the son of Michael and Lynne McTier, of Dearing. Also on hand for the signing Friday were grandparents Lindy and Jan McTier, also of Dearing.
Carson-Newman was in the McDuffie County news just a week ago. Incoming Bulldogs football coach Milan Turner's son, Dylan, has signed to attend the Tennessee school. Dylan Turner earned his football credentials at Emanuel County Institute in Swainsboro, where Milan Turner has been head coach and athletic director.
McTier told The McDuffie Mirror he hopes to share a weightlifting program with the younger Turner at THS this spring.