Walker Valley wide receiver Bryce Nunnelly has committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. (Banner File Photo)
It was only a matter of time before Walker Valley’s all-around standout athlete Bryce Nunnelly decided on a college — and a sport — to commit to.
On Thursday, Nunnelly verbally committed to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, which had offered the wide receiver on June 16.
“They’ve won their conference three years in a row and that really stood out to me,” Nunnelly explained. “They are performing at a very high level right now.”
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver received a football offer from Tennessee Tech on May 4, and he also had an offer from Charleston Southern. Not surprisingly, Nunnelly has garnered much attention from college programs with Eastern Kentucky, Mercer, East Tennessee State, Samford, Army and Navy all having him on their radar as well.
During his junior season, Nunnelly had six touchdowns on 34 catches for a total of 607 yards, had 124 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, and scored a touchdown on a kickoff return. In his sophomore season, Nunnelly had 358 yards and two touchdowns in 29 catches, averaging 12.3 yards per reception.
At UTC, Nunnelly will have the opportunity to join two former teammates, offensive lineman Alex Hooper and long snapper Tanner Dillard.
In April, the receiver took a trip to Charlotte, N.C., to participate in an invite only Nike+ Football camp called “The Opening.” Nunnelly received a rating of 91.41, which put him in the 97th percentile of all rising seniors in the country. A highlight from the camp was the vertical jump, where he hit 37.5 inches to settle in the top 1 percent.
A three-sport athlete, Nunnelly has also excelled in basketball and track and field, the latter having also attracted college attention.
Nunnelly averaged 10.1 points per game this past basketball season, and was the Mustangs’ leading scorer in the Class AAA quarterfinal game against Cordova, with 14 points.
This past track season, Nunnelly qualified for the state decathlon, where he became the first Mustang to earn All-State honors in the event, thanks to a seventh place finish.