Lineman, athlete from Overton
Roughly a week after signing McGavock tailback Kendall Johnson, Cumberland University football has inked two more Nashville high school standouts in KimLee North and Tamim Aldarawcheh from John Overton High School.
The teammates helped led the Bobcats to a record of 7-5 and a second round berth in the Class 6A TSSAA playoffs -- where they were eliminated by eventual state champion Ravenwood.
"I am extremely proud of Kimlee and Tamim and excited they get an opportunity to continue playing the game they love at the next level," said Overton High head coach Steve Williams. "Their leadership both on and off the field will be missed and difficult to replace. Not only are these two young men excellent football players but they are excellent students with great character.
"We appreciate the diligence and class shown by (Cumberland) Coach Buddy Brown in recruiting them."
Brown, retired as a teacher / coach from the Metro Nashville system, coaches defensive line for the Phoenix and heads up recruiting efforts at several schools in Davidson County.
"I truly believe that Cumberland is getting two student-athletes who will come in and compete for early playing time on Saturdays," Coach Williams said.
For three seasons, Aldarawcheh was a two-way starter in the line for the Bobcats. Voted the Region 3, 6A Offensive Lineman of the Year, Aldarawcheh was also solid playing noseman on defense as he recorded 61 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, forced four fumbles and had six tackles for loss during the 2015 season.
A three-year starter, he was a two-time All Metro Nashville selection.
North, listed as an athlete, ended the 2015 season with 603 yards, nine touchdowns and averaged 7.9 yards per offensive carry. On defense he played in the secondary, accounted for 40 tackles and two tackles for loss.
A rare four-year starter for Overton, North was named to the All-Region 3,6A team and was an honorable mention All Metro Nashville pick in 2015.