From Skyy Clark to Gretchen Walsh, here are 21 Nashville area high school athletes to watch in 2021

Tom Kreager
Nashville Tennessean

For Nashville area high school sports fans here are 21 athletes to watch in 2021.

Brie Asmondy

Springfield, Sr.

Sport: Softball

Why chosen: Asmondy hit .519 with 24 doubles and hit 18 home runs with 87 RBIs as a sophomore in 2019. She also was 16-7 with 125 strikeouts and had a 1.96 ERA in the pitcher's circle.

Aubrey Barnhart

Goodpasture, Sr.

Sport: Softball

Why chosen: The Alabama signee hit .597 with 12 doubles, four home runs and 28 RBIs in 2019 as a sophomore.

Caroline Betts

CPA, Jr.

Sport: Girls soccer

Why chosen: The Vanderbilt commitment has been a standout for the Lady Lions since her eighth-grade year. She has over 175 career goals, including 39 in 2020 in 17 games.

Jaloni Cambridge

Ensworth, Fr. 

Sport: Girls basketball

Why chosen: Cambridge burst on the scene a year ago when she was the Lady Tigers' starting point guard and No. 1-ranked eighth-grader in the country by ESPN. She averaged 11.5 points and 3.7 assists last year. She's extended her scoring range this year and is potent from the 3-point line.

Skyy Clark

Ensworth, Jr. 

Sport: Basketball

Why chosen: Clark, a five-star college basketball prospect and Kentucky commitment, is the No. 2 prospect in Tennessee for the Class of 2022 according to the 247Sports Composite and No. 15 recruit nationally.

Taylor Groves

East Robertson, Jr.

Sport: Basketball, football

Why chosen: Groves, who was The Tennessean's Boys Athlete of the Year in 2020, is the No. 6-ranked college prospect for the Class of 2022, has 1,933 career receiving yards with 17 TDs. He also has nine career interceptions. He averaged 21 points and entered this season with 1,264 career points.

Luke Haley

MBA, Sr.

Sport: Hockey

Why chosen: Haley had 77 points (41 goals, 36 assists) as a junior. That included 23 points scored in the postseason. He tied for a GNASH-best 41 points, including a league best 28 assists.

Acacia Hayes

Riverdale, Jr.

Sport: Girls basketball

Why chosen: Hayes is the No. 13-ranked point guard for the Class of 2022 according to ESPN. She is averaging 25 points a game this season.

Camden Hayslip

Friendship Christian, Sr.

Sport: Baseball

Why chosen: The Alabama signee and outfielder, hit .413 with 11 home runs and 12 doubles in 2019.

Oakland’s Jordan James (2) runs in an 81-yard touchdown during the first quarter of the Class 6A BlueCross Bowl Football Championship game against Oakland at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020.

Jordan James

Oakland, Jr.

Sport: Football

Why chosen: The four-star running back is the No. 3 college prospect in the state for the Class of 2022 according to the 247Sports Composite. He rushed for 1,740 yards and scored 26 rushing touchdowns.

Brandon Miller

Cane Ridge, Jr.

Sport: Basketball

Why chosen: The 6-foot-8 forward is the No. 1 prospect in Tennessee for the Class of 2022 and No. 10 prospect nationally. He averaged 20.8 points and 50 3-pointers a year ago while also averaging 7.7 rebounds.

Devin Obee

Ensworth, Sr.

Sport: Baseball

Why chosen: The Duke commitment and outfielder competed twice in the Little League World Series. He is the son of former NFL wide receiver Terry Obee.

Kennedy Price

BGA, Jr.

Sport: Girls soccer

Why chosen: Price had 24 goals and had 19 assists in 2020 and helped lead BGA to state titles the past two seasons.

Marcel Reed

MBA, So.

Sport: Basketball, football

Why chosen: Reed is a multi-sport standout athlete for the Big Red. He's been the starting quarterback since his freshman year as well as a star basketball player. He's thrown for 2,646 yards in two seasons with 23 TDs and 10 interceptions. He averaged 13 points a game as a freshman guard.

Montgomery Bell Academy's Baylor Sai return the ball during the Div. II Class AAState Boys Singles Tennis Championship against McCallie's Will Leathers on Friday, May 24, 2019, on the last day of Spring Fling, in Murfreesboro.

Baylor Sai

MBA, Sr.

Sport: Boys tennis

Why chosen: Sai is the No. 1-ranked player in the state and No. 8 nationally. The Tennessean's 2019 player of the year won the Division II-AA singles state championship.

Grant Slatten

White Co., Sr.

Sport: Boys basketball

Why chosen: The 6-foot-6 guard and Ole Miss signee averaged 27 points a season ago. He is the No. 6 prospect in Tennessee for the Class of 2021.

Kavares Tears

Columbia Academy, Sr.

Sport: Baseball

Why chosen: The Tennessee signee and infielder hit .492 with 20 doubles and nine home runs in 2019, when he was a Class A Mr. Baseball finalist.

Destin Wade

Summit, Jr.

Sport: Football

Why chosen: After leading the Spartans to the Class 5A state championship this season, what can Wade do as an encore? The three-star dual-threat quarterback threw for 1,390 yards with 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,509 yards and scored 18 rushing TDs.

Harpeth Hall swimmer Gretchen Walsh at Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

Gretchen Walsh

Harpeth Hall, Sr.

Sport: Girls Swimming

Why chosen: The Virginia signee set national high school records in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle at the 2020 state meet. She was The Tennessean's 2020 Girls Athlete of the Year.

Karly Weathers

Loretto, Jr.

Sport: Girls basketball

Why chosen: The two-time Class A Miss Basketball finalist is averaging 21 points a game this season. She averaged 18.8 points and 5.0 assists as a sophomore.

Evan Woosley-Reed

Cascade, Jr.

Sport: Boys golf

Why chosen: Woosley-Reed, a Tennessee commitment, has won back-to-back TSSAA Small Class state titles. He is the son of former Lady Vol standout Tiffany Woosley.

Reach Tom Kreager at 615-259-8089 or tkreager@tennessean.com and on Twitter @Kreager.