Three Dobyns-Bennett gridiron standouts chose to pursue their college football careers at Carson-Newman on Wednesday, the declarations being among several signings and commitments of local talent that surfaced on national signing day.
Indians quarterback Sean Seabolt, running back Chris Sensabaugh and offensive lineman Corey Hall numbered among 42 signees in coach Ken Sparks’ 2011 recruiting class.
Seabolt, who was Big 8 Conference Player of the Year, was a Times-News Elite pick at defensive back. He was the first Tribe quarterback in history to both pass and run for 1,000 yards. Sensabaugh, another T-N Elite pick, is D-B’s all-time rushing leader with 4,294 yards. Hall, a 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle, was an all-conference selection who graded out at 87 percent with 46 pancake blocks and 16 blocks resulting in touchdowns.
While not technically a signing, the biggest news coming out of Southwest Virginia was Gate City running back Joseph Vaughn’s firm commitment to play for Don Montgomery at Emory & Henry. Vaughn, an All-State selection with both The Associated Press and Virginia High School Coaches Association, rushed for 1,606 yards and scored 20 touchdowns while leading the Blue Devils to a Group A state championship in 2010. With the graduation of durable Division III All-American Caleb Jennings, the Wasps have an acute need for a go-to back in 2011.
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