Cade Nayadley pledges to Austin Peay

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Scott Herpst

The Austin Peay Gov­er­nors have al­ways pulled play­ers from the metroChat­tanooga area, but the Clarksville, Tenn. school is be­gin­ning to make in­roads into north­west Ge­or­gia with its re­cruit­ing in re­cent years.

The Govs’ 2018 spring foot­ball ros­ter al­ready in­cludes the likes of Ah­maad Tan­ner (Dal­ton), Levi Se­abolt (Gilmer), Ter­rius Cal­la­han (Cartersville) and Tris­ten Pierce (Ring­gold), while re­cent high school grad­u­ates Bucky Wil­liams (Ring­gold) and Ja­lyn Shel­ton (Ridge­land) will be join­ing the Austin Peay ros­ter this fall.

And in the fall of 2019, they will be adding at least one more name from the top cor­ner of the Peach State as Cade Nayadley, a ris­ing se­nior at Ring­gold, pledged to the Govs last Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

“Blessed and hon­ored to say I have de­cided to fur­ther my aca­demic and ath­letic

ca­reer at Austin Peay State Univer­sity!,” Nayadley posted on his Twit­ter ac­count. “Thanks to all the coaches and fam­ily who have got­ten me to where I am, and I am ready to be a Gov!”

Nayadley said Austin Peay was the first school to start re­cruit­ing him.

“I just love that place and ev­ery­thing about it,” he said. “It feels like home to me. It’s still fairly close to home and Coach (Will) Healy is a great coach. It just felt

like the place I wanted to be.”

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder plays mid­dle line­backer for the Tigers on de­fense, but is mak­ing the move from tight end to of­fen­sive line this sum­mer to help out the Ring­gold of­fense in the trenches.

He said Austin Peay also sees him as an of­fen­sive tackle at the next level.

“They want me to put on some more weight, but still stay ath­letic,” he added.

Nayadley, a Ca­toosaWalker County Foot­ball Dream Team hon­or­able men­tion pick last fall,

showed his ath­leti­cism by be­ing named an All-Re­gion (6-AAA) se­lec­tion in bas­ket­ball dur­ing the 2017-2018 sea­son.

He av­er­aged 10.4 points, 7.1 re­bounds and more than two as­sists and steals per game while play­ing mul­ti­ple po­si­tions on the floor, in­clud­ing some at point guard.

He will be the ninth schol­ar­ship line­man for Ring­gold since 2013 and the sixth that will play Di­vi­sion I.

Austin Peay was one of the big­gest sto­ries in col­lege foot­ball dur­ing the 2017 sea­son. After post­ing a com­bined

3-54 mark from 20122016, they went 8-4 last fall in their sec­ond sea­son with Healy – a stand­out quar­ter­back at Chattanooga’s Boy­dBuchanan - at the helm.

Healy played col­le­giately at Rich­mond, help­ing the Spi­ders beat Mon­tana in the 2008 FCS Cham­pi­onship Game be­fore get­ting his start in coach­ing at Chattanooga un­der Russ Huse­man.

When he was hired at Austin Peay on De­cem­ber 23, 2015, he be­came the sec­ond youngest foot­ball coach in all of Di­vi­sion I foot­ball.

Ring­gold’s Cade Nayadley crunches Sono­rav­ile quar­ter­back Pa­trick Moore dur­ing a Re­gion 6-AAA game last fall. Nayadley, a ris­ing se­nior, ver­bally com­mit­ted to play foot­ball for Austin Peay last Wed­nes­day morn­ing. (File photo by Court­ney Couey/Ring­gold...

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