“This is the tip of the iceberg for you.” Those were the words of Jellico High School Principal Danny Oakes as he addressed Jellico’s senior quarterback Joseph Paul. Paul will be continuing his football career n the next level as he has signed with the Maryville College Scotts. This is the second year in a row that the Blue Devils have sent a football player to the next level.

Jellico Head Football Coach Brent Peel was emotional when he spoke of his long time quarterback. He told the assembled crowd of how Paul had been with him for many years and that Paul’s work ethic on and off the field had served him well throughout his middle and high school career.

After the initial speeches Pau. but paper to pen and signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Maryville. Paul then told everyone assembled about how much his time as a Blue Devil was an experience and how the school and community had become his family.

Paul said he chose Maryville College because, much like Jellico High, it just felt like family to him. He went on to say that new Scotts Head Coach Shaun Hayes indicated to him that if he put in the off season work that Paul could see the field sooner rather than later. Paul plans to major in criminal justice.

The Maryville College Scots play in the USA South Athletic Conference as part of NCAA Division 3. Other members of the USA South Athletic Conference include Agnes Scott College and Berea College.

Maryville College is a private liberal arts college in Maryville, Tennessee. It was founded in 1819 by Presbyterian minister Isaac L. Anderson for the purpose of furthering education and enlightenment into the West. The college is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the United States and the 12th-oldest institution in the South. It is associated with the Presbyterian Church (USA) and enrolls about 1,100 students.