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North Oconee football star Tate Titshaw signed to continue his football career at Western Kentucky University.
The move comes after Titshaw decided to decommit from the Naval Academy.
Titshaw announced his decommitment on Jan. 20. Four days later, he announced his decision to sign with Western Kentucky.
Titshaw said the decision not to sign to play for the Naval Academy was in large part due to changes on the coaching staff. Offensive coordinator Grant Chestnut, Titshaw’s primary point of contact with the Midshipmen, was let go in December.
“He was my area recruiter, so I got to know coach Chestnut very well. Seeing him leave was a big, big part of the decision. You never like to see the coach you’re closest to leave the staff,” Titshaw said. “It was that and a couple of other reasons. Me and my family have prayed on it and decided that it wasn’t for me.”
Titshaw played both ways for North Oconee at running back as well as safety. He scored 17 touchdowns for the Titans in 2023.
While Titshaw was committed to Navy as a running back, Western Kentucky has him working with the safeties. Titshaw said that defensive coordinator Tyson Summers was his primary contact from the Hilltoppers’ coaching staff.
“He was a big part in recruiting me and the reason I’m here,” Titshaw said. “He clicked with me and my family. He’s a great guy, a great coach and I like what he stands for.”
Though he took an unconventional path to end up on the Western Kentucky roster, Titshaw is excited for the opportunity. The team had its first day of meetings on Monday, and Titshaw said he’s been embracing building relationships with his new teammates and coaches.
“It’s been a really quick turnaround,” Titshaw said. “It’s been great. They’re all super welcoming. I’ve got a good group of friends so far.”