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Gunn pointing to Eagle Country


Saying he was motivated to stay close to home in case his mother ever needed help, C.J. Gunn, Bearden High School All-state cornerback, signed National Letter of Intent papers with Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City (NCAA Division II), during a ceremony at BHS Thursday, Feb. 21.

Brad Taylor, Bulldog football head coach, labeled Gunn “a big, physical kid (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) and he runs well.” An All-state Tennessee Dream Team and All-state Tennessee Sportswriters Association honoree, Gunn had eight interceptions last fall (four in the playoffs) and 30 tackles. As a sophomore track sprinter, Gunn was a leg on Bearden’s state champion 4 X 400 relay team in 2006 that broke a 30-year school record (3:16.68). “I really liked the campus and the people, it’s a great environment,” he said. “I think they’ll probably put me at free safety or strong safety.” Gunn, 17, is pictured alongside his mother, Vanessa Gunn, and sister, Vanesha, a BHS sophomore. Standing, left to right, are Bearden athletic director Scott Witt, BHS assistant coaches Hunter Fendley (offensive line), Morgan Shinlever (wide receivers), Brian Tanner (defensive ends), Reed Lindsey (defensive backs) and Taylor.

 

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