May 9, 2017 (Germantown, Tennessee) Tyler Watson is the latest high school standout to sign to play for the Volunteers. He signed Volunteer Rugby Scholarship papers on Tuesday during Germantown Rugby's annual awards ceremony. Tennessee alumnus and UT Old Boy Rob Halcomb was on hand to welcome the newest Volunteer to the UT Rugby family.
The Volunteer Rugby Scholarship provides a combination of player stipend, full player kit and/or the waiver of the first year team fees for the freshman year. This combination of benefits is unique to each recipient and based on academic performance, rugby experience and character, commitment and devotion to the game as defined by the Tennessee Rugby Maxim: Family-School-Rugby. While many very talented incoming freshmen commit to play for the Volunteers each fall, only a few are also selected for the honor of receiving the Volunteer Rugby Scholarship.
Tyler, the son of Caroline Earnest and Trenton Watson, has played rugby for 4 years at Germantown serving as captain his senior year. He's also an accomplished musican and enters the University of Tennessee in the 1794 Chancellor's Honors & Leadership Program.
"Tyler is a 6 year player that started with us in middle school. He has a very high Rugby IQ, developed into a strong runner and worked hard on his kicking game. We moved him to flyhalf this season due to his experience but he is a natural wing and will be a great finisher for the Vols."
- Germantown Head Coach Kevin Roedel
The 6'1" / 175 lb back has played flyhalf, wing and fullback and plans to study engineering at Tennessee.