Scott High's Matt Smithers is joined by family members as he signs a letter of intent to play football at the University of the Cumberlands during a signing ceremony at the SHS Library Thursday, May 2. (Independent Herald photo/LeEtta Boyatt)
Scott High's Matt Smithers is joined by family members as he signs a letter of intent to play football at the University of the Cumberlands during a signing ceremony at the SHS Library Thursday, May 2. (Independent Herald photo/LeEtta Boyatt)

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HUNTSVILLE — Scott High senior Matt Smithers signed a letter of intent Thursday to play football at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg.

Smithers, a lineman who helped Scott to a school record three consecutive playoff appearances, was joined by family members, coaches and teammates for a signing ceremony in the SHS Library Thursday afternoon.

A two-sport standout who was an all-district selection in basketball as a senior, Smithers joins Josh Mason (MacMurray College) and brothers Jake and Jared Sexton (Austin Peay University) as Scott football players on collegiate rosters.

A week earlier, Oneida senior Houston West signed with Maryville College. Former OHS football player Dylan West is currently on scholarship at the University of Tennessee, while Douglas Manning is also a part of the UT program.

The University of the Cumberlands is coming off a 10-2 season in 2012 and a second place finish in the Mid-South Conference East. It was the second 10-win season for John Bland, who is 57-20 overall at UC.

Representing UC at Thursday’s signing ceremony was defensive coordinator Michael Collins, who recruits Scott and neighboring counties.