Hendersonville Head Coach Bruce Hatfield
"First of all, Joe has meant the world to our football program. He has been been an outstanding leader for our younger players. He's just a very mature young man, a guy that wants to do well, and has exceptional work habits.
"He can play on either side of the ball, but I can foresee Joe as an interior defensive lineman. He has that mentality and really likes that aspect of the game.
"Joe has the explosiveness, intensity and mindset to become an excellent player at the next level. He will be an outstanding representative for the Vanderbilt football player."
Selected Vanderbilt over Middle Tennessee, Tulane, Arkansas State
Senior captain... Surpassed 100-tackle total and contributed seven QB sacks as senior, helping Commandos to 11-4 mark and AAA state finals... Played in postseason Tennessee East-West All-Star Game... As junior, selected as district's Defensive MVP and first team All-Area after making 61 tackles, 5 tackles for losses, 3 forced fumbles. As a sophomore starter, contributed 58 tackles and two forced fumbles... Also lettered as thrower in track and field.
Joseph Edward Townsend II.... Born March 15, 1993 in Hendersonville, Tenn.... Has lived in the same house his entire life.... Son of Darlene and Joey Townsend.... Father is a contractor and mother works for Cigna.... Has two siblings: sister Ashley Stagle, 23, and brother Landon, 5.... Also played basketball at Hendersonville H.S.