Two of Berkeley High School’s most productive offensive weapons in football have solidified their college choices.
Speedy receiver DJ Chisolm is headed to Middle Tennessee State and downfield threat Dervon Pesnell committed to Campbell. The duo helped lead the Stags to their third straight region crown this past fall.
Berkeley football coach Randy Robinson said he got a text about an hour apart that two of the Stags’ offensive stars had found their future homes. They will put pen to paper the first Wednesday in February on National Signing Day.
Chisolm (5-9) caught 56 passes for 911 yards and a dozen touchdowns as a senior after setting school records for receptions, yards and touchdowns as a junior.
He ended his high school career in the Shrine Bowl and was selected the Region 7-AAAAA player of the year.
“He’s a Power 5 guy that’s two inches too short,” Robinson said. “He was blown away with MTSU.”
Pesnell (6-4) was tough to handle in jump-ball situations for opposing defenses this season. He hauled in 42 passes for 629 yards and 11 touchdowns.
He was All-Region 7-AAAAA.
Robinson said the receivers were special players for the Stags. Several moments stood out about both.
He recalls a play in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs when the shifty Chisolm turned an ordinary swing pass into a crucial touchdown.
Twenty-seven seconds after River Bluff took a 7-0 lead on its opening drive in the second round of the playoffs, Chisolm grabbed a pass in the right flat, broke a tackle, reversed field and outran defenders down the other sideline for a 58-yard touchdown reception.
It squashed River Bluff’s momentum and the Stags won 32-14.
Pesnell routinely made teams pay if they cheated over to give Chisolm too much attention. He often topped the 100-yard mark in games on a handful of receptions.
A leaping, 12-yard grab in a win over Summerville in the regular season was his season in a snapshot.
“He had great ball skills and great hands,” Robinson said. “He went out and worked on his speed and got much faster. When DJ was doubled, Dervon could usually win the matchup.”