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  • Rodney Malik Owens with parents at Early National Signing Day, December 19, 2018 at Stratford High School. Photo provided by Stratford High School

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Congrats to all of the MNPS Athletes who signed their National Letters of Intent

Seven Metro Nashville Public School Athletes signed Wednesday, December 19, 2018 commitments to play football

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – College football’s Early Signing Period runs from Dec. 19 through 21, with almost all of the action on Wednesday 19, 2018. Generally, this signing day has little of the drama that is almost always present  for National Signing Day in February.

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Wednesday, six MNPSA football programs held signing events for on the December 19, 2018 National Signing Day for seven athletes who chose to forgo the drama.

The group includes three defensive lineman, two defensive backs, two running backs, two offensive linemen, a tight end, a quarterback and three defensive line men.  


John Overton High School, Head Coach Steve Williams

OL, 6-4, 290, Fr., Nashville, TN

Parents: Shannon Judge and Steve Losoya


  • Most Valuable Offensive Linemen in Region 5 and
  • Most Valuable Offensive Lineman, Metro All-City, Nashville
  • Selected to play in Toyota East West All Star Game
  • 3 year starter on the OL and DL

MTSU – Read More about MTSU Signings

Director of Player Personnel Will Redmond on Losoya III: “Steven will join our team from John Overton High School in Nashville, TN. Every time we turned on his tape, Steven was outworking his opponent. He is a team first player who is very consistent in his blocking. We want offensive lineman who finish the play with their opponent on the ground and that is exactly how Steven operates in the trenches.” -MTSU Athletics

Rodney Malik Owens with parents at Early National Signing Day, December 19, 2018 at Stratford High School. Photo provided by Stratford High School

Roderick Malik Owens – Eastern Kentucky University 

Stratford High School, Head Coach – Thomas Porter

TE,  6’5 from Nashville, TN

Parents: Rodney and Tiffany Owens


  • 14 rec,  300 yards,  2tds, – All-Region TE
  • 31 tackles, 5pbu, 2ints, 1td
  • Team Captain- State Semi-FinalistLed the Spartans to a region championship and an improbable run to the state semifinals
  • Averaged 22.7 yards per reception
  • Earned all-region honors

Joseph Honeysucker – University of Memphis

Hillsboro High School, Head Coach – Maurice Fitzgerald

DET,  6’5; 230  from Nashville, TN

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Parents: Jeanette and Joseph Honeysucker


  •  Ranked 36 in the state
  • Career 112 total tackles (48 solo/64 assist)
  • Career 27 Sacks
  • 75th Hume Award Award recipient, a scholar-athlete trophy given each year to only one football scholar
  • All-City 1st team, ’17, ’18 HM ‘16
  • Regional MVP Defensive Player
  • All-Region 1st team ’17, ‘18
  • East-West 1st team, ‘18
  • Middle Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Federation and College Hall of Fame  and nominee Admiral William P. Lawrence Award.

Head Coach Maurice Fitzgerald describes Honeysucker as a “generational player who comes along once in a generation. Every so often God will allow you to  coach a student athlete that you will term a generational player. Joe Honeysucker  is in that class. He is God fearing and humble young man. Joe cares so much about his teammates and the world around him. He is at peace with himself and has a clear understanding of who he is and his purpose in life.”


Donald Fitzgerald – Vanderbilt University 

Hillsboro High School, Head Coach – Maurice Fitzgerald

OT,  6’9; 280  from Nashville, TN

Donald with his mom, Cynthia Fitzgerald at the NSD event held at Hillsboro High School, December 19, 2018. Photo – Mike Strasinger

Parents: Maurice and Cynthia Fitzgerald


  • Earned 25 solo tackles and 21 assists for a total of 66 tackles for the 2018 season.
  • Forced 6 turnovers and had 6 sacks for a loss
  • All-City 1st team for 2018
  • All-Region 6 5A team for 2018

Other Honors: St. Thomas Scholar…


Anthony  Collier – Miami University (OH)

East Nashville High School, Head Coach – Brian Waite

DL,  6’3, 275 from Nashville, TN

Parents: Denise Arnell


  • All-Region 2017, 2018
  • 26 Solo Tackles
  • 38 Career Tackles
  • Averaged 2.5 Tackles a game
  • 3 Sacks


Clint Dowty III – Tennessee State University

Maplewood High School, Head Coach – Arcente Broome

DE, 6-3, 235 from Nashville, TN 


  • Helped MHS to a 12-2 record as a senior
  • Guided his squad to a semifinal appearance at the Tennessee Class 4A State Championships
  • Registered 69 tackles, 45 solo, in his final campaign
  • Tallied 17 tackles for loss, including 15 sacks
  • Offensively, caught three passes for 37 yards and a touchdown at tight end

TSU Head Coach, Rod REED’S TAKE
“Dowty is a defensive end from here locally out of Maplewood. He had 20-plus sacks his senior year. He has good size at 6-3, 235 pounds. It is great to have local kids who want to come in and be a part of the TSU family.”


Xavier Shepherd  – Kennesaw State University

Pearl Cohn High School, Head Coach Elie Brunetti

QB, 6-0, 190 from Nashville, Tenn.

Parents: Sheila and Karl Shepherd


Three year starter for PCHS

Career 5,485 passing yards for 52 touchdowns passing

Career 1,778 career rushing yards for 25 touchdowns

Averaged 157.9 total yards per game 157.9 total yards per game

Metro All – City 2016, 2107, 2018

All – Region 2016, 2017, 2018

Region MVP.


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