Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway defensive end Dasmine Cathey has decided to stay close to home to play college football.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder committed to Memphis following his official visit to the school last weekend.
"I wanted to go to Memphis from the get-go," he said. "I picked them because it is my home school and I didn't want to leave home."
He also considered Mississippi State. Cathey is the second Ridgeway defensive end to commit to a Division I-A program. Lagrone Shields has committed to Colorado.
Tigers assistant coach Randy Fichtner was Cathey's recruiter of record.
"I liked coach when he came to the school and liked the way he talked to all of the players about the program," Cathey said.
Cathey made an official visit to Memphis last week.
"It was awesome," he said. "Duke Calhoun was my player host and he showed me around. I also liked the campus and how they help the athletes stay on top of their schoolwork."
Cathey will play defensive end for the Tigers. He discussed that topic and the Tigers defensive scheme during an interview with Memphis head coach Tommy West during his official.
"(Coach West) was just talking about how he was looking for a coach to run his kind of defense," Cathey said. "He was excited about the defense he wanted to run and me playing in it because it's a 4-3.
"I like how he talks to the players,"
Cathey, who added that he will not take any further visits, is a three-star rated recruit by Rivals.com and the nation's No. 38 weakside defensive end prospect. He had 17 sacks as a junior to lead Shelby County, Tenn.