Nolensville High School’s Tim Coutras committed to continue his football career under the guidance of head coach Hugh Freeze at Liberty University.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety had a breakout junior season with the Knights, highlighted by his jack-of all-trades playing style. Coutras’ versatility was rewarded when he was named all-Williamson County on both sides of the ball and selected as the Region 4-4A Athlete of the Year.
“First of he’s just a really good football player,” said Nolensville’s head coach Paul Derrick. “You can throw it to him, you can hand it to him, he can return punts, kicks and cover people. His versatility is something that we’re really looking to tap into this year on both sides of the ball.”
Coutras’ eight interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns, and more than 700 yards receiving and six touchdowns, solidified him as a valuable weapon last season when Nolensville advanced to the second round of the playoffs for a second season in a row. He collected 47 tackles as well.
The rising senior impressed at a camp in early June and committed after Liberty extended an offer. He also had offers from Eastern Illinois, Tennessee Tech and UT Martin, among others.
Coutras said he knew Liberty was home from the moment he stepped into the stadium.
“We were visiting for a camp at Liberty,” Coutras said. “As we’re driving up, the mountains just opened and all of the sudden you come into this clearing, and there’s the stadium right there.
"I saw it and my mouth dropped. I had to step out of the car to get a better view. Suddenly I got this feeling that this was home for me.”
Though committed, Coutras can't sign until Dec. 18 at the earliest during the early signing period. The regular signing period, which begins Feb. 5 next year, is also an option. Freeze, a former Ole Miss coach, has landed seven commitments, including another Tennessee product in Maryville wide receiver Ashton Maples.
With his college mapped out, Coutras has turned his attention back to his senior season and in the face of all of his accolades he remains driven by his personal mantra to never be satisfied.
“When you get satisfied there are people that are going to pass you by, and I refused to be passed by,” said Coutras, whose grandfather Nick Coutras is in the TSSAA Hall of Fame and led Overton to the Class AAA state championship in 1981.
Coutras said his sights and the rest of the Knights are eyeing a deep playoff run with one solidified goal for the young school ironed out.
“Our town and our community deserve a home playoff game,” he said. “That’s what my teammates and I want to do for the city of Nolensville.”