The look was not by accident.
Both Taylor Dodds and Devonte Taylor came to their college football letter of intent signing ceremony at Pacelli wearing a bow tie.
“Yeah we planned it,” said a smiling Dodds. “We thought it’d be different. Actually, I kind of like the look.”
“I just learned how to tie it this morning,” Taylor said. He laughed.
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Both were obviously having fun Wednesday. Seated at a table draped with a red tablecloth in front of a portrait of Pope Pius XII in the lobby of the Elena Amos Arts and Science Center, Dodds signed to play next season at The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Taylor signed with the University of West Georgia.
Taylor, 6-foot, 195 pounds, will play safety. Dodds, 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, will play offensive tackle.
Taylor added some suspense having placards with the names of other schools considered, Catawba College, Savannah State and Morehouse College, on the table.
“Just teasing the crowd,” he said.
Fellow students cheered and held banners.
Both said academics would come before athletics. “Making grades is what it is all about,” Taylor said.
Dodds said “everything was amazing” when he visited Chattanooga. “I’m ready to get started in the weight room.”
He’s excited that Chattanooga will be playing a Southeastern Conference opponent each season. Chattanooga will play at Auburn in 2010.
Among other schools he considered were Furman and Georgia Southern.
“It’s all very exciting,” Taylor said. Dodds agreed.