The success of the Marshall County High School football program continues to pay dividends for the players and the school as two more of this season's defensive stars have verbally committed to continue their football careers at the next level.
MCHS head football coach Don Thomas said at the announcement, "This is a positive for Marshall County High School. Getting people year in and year out getting help with a college education is a positive for all of us. Because of the foundation these players and players before them have set the past few years, we now have the opportunity to continue to grow as a football program.'
Kareem Peterson announced a verbal commitment to Western Kentucky University while Michael Murphy will continue his football playing days at Tennessee State University.
Murphy was recruited by TSU, MTSU, Tennessee Tech, and Memphis University before deciding to stay close to home in Nashville. "That really meant a lot to me and made it easier to make the decision, knowing I could play close to home and let my family and friends come see me play", said Murphy.
Murphy went on to say, "Playing college ball is something I always wanted to do. I can't wait to get to the next level and play with the big boys."
Murphy will play defensive tackle at TSU, a position he has played most of his life and Thomas talked about the new recruit's potential.
"Murph's athleticism is tremendous", said Thomas. "He can make plays when he wants to make plays. His footwork and quickness off the ball is tremendous."
Peterson will go to Western Kentucky and vie for the strong safety spot on the Hilltopper squad.
"He is a hitter", said Thomas. "Kareem will be very physical and is a great athlete who has a knack for the football. He was our last line of defense this season so it took away a little from his aggressiveness to getting to the quarterback."
Peterson said, "I am really excited to get this opportunity. I really did not think I would ever get this chance. I can't wait to play with other players from all over the country."
Both players, under NCAA rules cannot officially sign on the dotted line until national signing day on February 4, 2009.