When Tre Emory hangs up his soccer cleats for the last time, there’s a good chance he’s cooking up fine Southern cuisine in his own restaurant.
The University of Arkansas defensive tackle target grew up watching his grandmother cook and started cooking at age 11.
Emory, 6-3, 295 pounds, of Mount Pleasant, Texas, narrowed his list of scholarship offers to Arkansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State, SMU, Arizona and TCU on April 6.
He thanks his grandmother, Shirley Brown, and chef Kathleen Anker, a culinary arts teacher at her high school, for her love of cooking.
âMy teacher, she’s like one of the best,â Emory said. “I say that my grandmother and my teacher are really the reasons for my love of cooking.”
Emory’s taste for cooking took to another level after taking Anker’s course in second year.
âIt was really a class that we deserved credit for, but I ended up falling in love with the class,â he said. “It took my cooking skills to another level, and I see that I have potential.”
Emory and his classmates were tasked with making grilled chicken, and his was rated the best of 15 Grilled Chicken Dishes by Anker.
âIt was like a two-person group project,â he says. âI ended up cooking, finished with and checked the temperature, then she tasted it and said she loved it. Since she loved my cooking. It motivated me to cook more.
Emory’s use of honey, garlic powder, salt and pepper were some of the ingredients that made him the best.
âI gave them the choice of how they wanted to season it,â said Anker. âIt was something else, everyone liked the taste.
âThe reason it tasted so good is because most of them are so afraid of making the wrong temperature and they don’t always listen to the instructions on how the chicken will continue to cook. He set his to the perfect temperature, so it wasn’t dried out. It was juicy.
Emory plans to study culinary arts at university.
âI want to be a chef in a restaurant and have my own business,â he said. “This is the plan.”
He learned to make meatloaf from his grandmother.
“I’m trying to tell you if you let me bake some meatloaf for you, you won’t regret it,” Emory said.
The ESPN 3-star prospect was named District 9-5A-II Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. He will be able to sample some of the best food in several college towns when he starts sightseeing.
Emory plans to officially visit Arizona June 4-6, Oklahoma state June 9-11, Baylor June 18-20, and Arkansas June 25-27.
His relationship with coach Sam Pittman, offensive coordinator Kendal Briles and defensive line coach Jermial Ashley has been solid since the Hogs offered him in November.
âThey were the second Power 5 school to give me,â said Emory, who reports a 375-pound bench press and 620 squat. âSince they gave me it’s only love. These three people are the main three people I talk to on staff. They constantly show me love. They are the ones I am really looking forward to meeting in June. “
Anker said that Emory’s combination of personality and cooking skills sets him up for success.
âEveryone knows who is and he’s just the sweetest thing there is,â Anker said. âHe’s just like a giant teddy bear. It just gives off that smiley happiness that kind of makes your day. I really think he’s going to do something right. I know if he goes into the culinary industry he can do so much with it.