Coming off an up and down season in the powerful Class 6A Region 4, the Germantown Red Devils had a successful signing day this year, with five players inking National Letters of Intent to play football at the college level. That brings the total to 12 players in two years under Head Coach Chris Smith.
“Everyone across the country knows how good this level of football is in Memphis, so a ton of teams come to our campus to recruit every year… they see the brand of football we play here and they know our players are prepared to take that next step and benefit their programs,” said Smith.
Germantown High played state champion Whitehaven down to the final seconds before losing and also hung in until late with another ranked team in Cordova.
This year’s signing class includes:
Cameron Tewari - (Hutchinson, KS. Junior College) - Tewari proved to be one of the area’s most versatile players in 2016. He moved from running back to receiver in his senior season and was one of the tougher players to defend in the city, at 6-1, 220 pounds. He grabbed 40 catches for 500 yards, 6 TDs. In addition, he still carried the ball 55 times for 650 yards and 6 TDs. He also moved to the defensive side of the ball late in the season and had 10 tackles and an interception. Hutchinson is one of the top JUCO’s in the country. Cameron is a versatile player who can catch the ball out of the backfield, and has the unique ability to beat people one on one on the perimeter as well. We expect good things from Cameron in the near future.
Brandon Lloyd – (Henderson State University) – Lloyd, a 6-2, 240 pound defensive end, joins Josh Puryear at HSU, the alma mater of Coach Smith. Lloyd was one of the team’s most solid defenders with 61 tackles, including 18 for loss. He also had two sacks and forced three fumbles. The Reddies are members of the Great American Conference. Brandon is an extremely hard working player with great character. Brandon will translate well to the college game, and brings a relentless pursuit of excellence with him that's needed at the collegiate level.
Trey Goins – (Tennessee State) – Goins, a 6-0, 305-pound defensive lineman, was a preseason All-State pick in Class 6A. He lived up to his billing with 51 tackles, including 17 for loss. He had 3 sacks, 4 forced fumbles and recovered three fumbles. Trey is very athletic on the defensive line and has a great first step. He has been a great ambassador for Germantown High School. He also made a 28 on the ACT which demonstrates the definition of student/athlete.
Anterrious Branch – (Southern Arkansas University) – Branch, a 5-11, 180-pound safety, generated a lot of interest at the D2 level after playing football for just two seasons. He joins former GHS quarterback Marcus Mitchell at SAU, a member of the Great American Conference. He had 56 tackles, 6 interceptions, three forced fumbles, five deflections and a sack. Anterrious has improved greatly over the last few years. I believe his best football is in front of him. He has shown ability to make the big plays and finish them.
Devin Banks – (Arkansas Baptist College) – Banks, a 6-1, 220-pound linebacker, spend a lot of time in the opponent’s defensive backfield. He recorded 30 tackles, including 10 for losses. He had two sacks and recovered two fumbles. Devin has great range for a defensive player. He will be a hybrid defensive end/linebacker who can run and track down speedy defenders side to side.