Portland linebacker Joshua Dutcher recently finalized his college football plans.
Dutcher, who also goes by Kobe, committed to Maryville College on May 3 after an initial visit in early February.
Dutcher was named to the 2018 All-Sumner County third team for his defensive efforts. He had 74 assisted tackles, 20 unassisted tackles, one fumble recovery and one sack as a senior. He also garnered Region 5-4A first team honors.
“He’s a team player and leads by example,” Portland coach Greg Cavanah said. “He did an outstanding job for us at inside linebacker, and I think he’ll flourish there for Maryville.”
But Dutcher was also an option in the backfield, especially when the Panthers needed to pound the ball up the middle.
“When we needed a big first down, we put the ball in his hands,” Cavanah said. “He made some good decisions and had some good, hard runs. He was 248 [pounds] when he played. That’s a load to bring down.”
Cavanah said the key to Dutcher’s effectiveness is his physicality. As the game gets rougher, so does he.
“He’s tough, he’s very physical when he hits people,” Cavanah said. “He has a different mentality when he steps in between the white lines.”
Dutcher joins Station Camp kicker Trey Hampton and defensive tackle Zion Ware in Maryville’s 2019 signing class. The Scots host Berry College for their season opener on Saturday, Sept. 7.