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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer Visits and Orange Carpet Days



June 18 Orange Carpet Day

  • WR Tee Higgins
  • RB Cam Akers
  • DE Tre Lawson
  • DT Fred Hansard
  • DE Latrell Bumphus
  • DE Jordan Williams
  • RB Travis Etienne
  • JUCO DT Malik Young
  • DE MJ Webb
  • DL Elijah Conliffe
  • DT Ben Hutch
  • OT Adrian Ealy
  • DE Michael Allen
  • DT Breyon Gaddy?
  • DE Brandon Gaddy?
  • CB Theo Jackson
  • OT Jed Wills
  • DE Matthew Butler
  • WR Jeremiah Holloman
  • DE Malik Herring 
  • RB Devan Barrett
  • OT Kendall Randolph
  • S Derrick Pitts
  • LB Jaquan Henderson
  • DE Matthew Butler
  • S AJ Harris
  • OG Nick Brahms
  • RB Damon Willliams
  • OT Jordan Tucker
  • WR Prince Fant
  • S Deangelo Gibbs
  • DE LaBryan Ray
  • OG TJ Moore
  • QB Emory Jones (2018)
  • OG Emil Ekiyor (2018)
  • ATH Alontae Taylor (2018)
  • RB Master Teague (2018)
  • DT Eric Crosby (commit)
  • S Maleik Gray (commit)
  • CB Cheyenne Labruzza (commit)
  • OT Cade Mays (2018 commit)
July

  • CB Lamont Wade
July 21

  • OT K'Rojhn Calbert

Monday, May 16, 2016

Announcement Dates


This is where I will update which of our targets are announcing when throughout the recruiting
calendar. Bookmark this and come back to it as there will be frequent updates.








  • Jack Sears -- in the next few months
  • Chase Hayden - Summer (late)
  • Tee Higgins - Early July
  • Justin Foster - Early Fall
  • Jacoby Stevens - before his season
  • Jordan Williams - September 24
    MJ Webb - after his senior season
  • Deangelo Gibbs - December
  • Trey Smith - December
  • Cam Akers - December
  • Ty Chandler – Signing Day
  • Jeremiah Holloman – Signing Day
  • Tee Higgins - Signing Day

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

RealisticTargets for the 2017 Recruiting Class

Top Realistic Targets at every position

RB

  • Cam Akers - Tennessee is in a good spot. Mid term guy.
  • Ty Chandler - Keeping things close to the vest. Tennessee is recruiting him hard.
  • Chase Hayden - Vol legacy who could play multiple positions. Announcing late summer.
  • Trey Sermon - Supremely talented running back with interest in Tennessee. Wants to take summer visits to his top schools then announce a decision.

WR

  • KD Nixon - COMMITTED
  • Princeton Fant - Tennessee leads. Is thinking of announcing during his senior season.
  • Jeremiah  Holloman - Tennessee led going into his Georgia visit, now it's UGA. 
  • Tee Higgins - Tennessee will most likely keep this superstar playmaker at home. Tee will likely  take this decision all the way to December when he will be a mid term enrollee.

TE

  • Chase Rogers - COMMITTED
  • Tre McKitty - Loved his O&W game visit. Will return soon. 
  • Matthew Dotson - Tennessee seems to have faded somewhat as his profile grows.

QB

  • N'Kosi Perry - Miami commitment that just took a Tennessee visit proving he's considering the Vols still. Hard fight to get him out of South Florida. Larry Scott is on the case though so you never know.
  • Jack Sears - Very accurate passer from California who left Tennessee with it being one of his top schools. 
  • CJ Lewis - 3 star QB who visited for the Spring Game but has yet to receive an offer.

OL

  • TJ Moore - Very impressive 4 star prospect who is raw but athletic and can play tackle. He likes Tennessee a lot.
  • Trey Smith - A lot of schools want this kid so it will be a fight. Alabama and Clemson are Tennessee's main competition. He's one of the highest priorities in Tennessee's class. UPDATE: Trey is still pretty open but Tennessee is a big factor as he knows many of the players. Trey will be another mid term guy.
  • Tony Gray - mutual interest there nothing more to add. Georgia leads the crystal ball


DT

  • Eric Crosby - COMMITTED
  • Rutger Reitmaier - Tennessee leads with teams like Duke chasing 4 star prospect and a key to this recruiting class. Is thinking of announcing around the middle of summer.
  • Emmanuel McNeil - Coaches love this kid.
  • Breyon Gaddy - 330 pound behemoth who will play nose at Tennessee. Athletic for his size. Was impressed by a recent visit to Tennessee. UNC people say we are in very good shape. EDIT: Breyon says the Vols lead. His brother Brandon is a package deal.

DE

  • Marquez Bembry - COMMITTED
  • Jordan Williams - DE who will eventually grow into a DT. He's very high on Tennessee. Crystal ball reads 100% to Tennessee with 4 predictions. Has set a commitment date for September 24th.
  • Elijah Conliffe - SDE who's probably a tackle at the next level. Mutual interest.
  • Isaiah Buggs - JUCO DE many schools are after
  • Malik Herring - Very versatile DE coveted by many schools. Was recently on campus for a junior day.
  • Robert Beal - Another talented DE several big time schools are after. Has visited the Vols a handful of times. Vols trail many teams here.
  • Latrell Bumphus - Tennessee is in very good shape even as he adds offers from schools such as USC and reportedly Bama.
  • Tyree Johnson - DC player who has Tennessee in his top 3
  • Trey Lawson - Loves Coach Stripling. Really looking forward to visiting Tennessee. Another DE the plan is to put weight on and move to tackle.
  • Michael Allen - plays things close to the vest but Tennessee is in it as is Georgia and Wake Forest.
LB

  • De'Morreal Burnam - COMMITTED IMO this is a guy Tennessee will eventually part ways with.
  • Solon Page III - COMMITTED
  • Justin Foster - A guy with a lot of options. Has been to UT multiple times. UPDATE: Foster now says Tennessee has an edge over Clemson because he wants to play linebacker and they've discussed playing him at end. Stanford is 3rd and he's waiting to see if he scores high enough to be admitted. Mid term guy.
  • Laquan Henderson - Says Tennessee leads
  • Chandler Wooten - Georgia linebacker. Tennessee was in good shape. Now it's unclear. Announces May 13th. UPDATE: I expect Wooten to chose the Vols on the 13th.
  • Santino Marchiol - Tennessee leads. He will take an April 30th trip to Ole Miss then has a special announcement planned for the following weekend.
  • Tyler Taylor - Says Tennessee is up at the top with a few other schools. Plans to return to Knoxville "probably" before summer.
CB

  • Cheyenne Labruzza - COMMITTED but LSU still has the full court press on him. Gonna be a fight to hang on.
  • Lamont Wade - Tennessee has as good a shot at this 5 star as anyone in his top group. He has a special bond with Bob Shoop which may ultimately play in our favor.
  • Gentry Bonds - doesn't talk much and I haven't heard his reaction to visiting the spring game but I feel like we're in good shape to land this instate target.
  • Yusuf Corker - Tennessee is in real good shape and he's discussed doing something soon.
  • Jacobe Clement - Recently announced a top 5 of  N.C. State, Wake Forest, Tennessee, North Carolina and Clemson. 
  • TJ Carter - Talented instate CB who knows a lot of the instate guys and really could help recruiting from that standpoint.

S

  • Deangelo Gibbs - cousin to Nigel Warrior and nephew to Tennessee great Dale Carter, Gibbs has seen Tennessee many times. Most think it will come down to a UGA/Tennessee battle. Gibbs is also a mid-term guy.
  • Theo Jackson - From Overton in Nashville. Likes the Vols a great deal. 

ATH

  • Maleik Gray - Vols are in great position with Maleik who probably ultimately plays linebacker here as well as his teammate WR Princeton Fant. Maleik may wait for his all-star game to decide.
  • Jacoby Stevens - Tennessee sits 3rd on his list behind UGA and LSU. Wants to play DB at the next level though some think he'll grow into a linebacker.
  • CJ Holmes - Tennessee moved to CJ's top group after attending the spring game. Probably a DB at the next level.
  • Kam White - Teammate of Cam Akers. The two want to play at the same college.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Junior Days

I will keep a running list of names for upcoming Junior Days and the Orange and White Game here. You'll notice a theme: a bunch of defensive linemen. No doubt it's a focus.




Orange and White Game April 16

  • DT Elijah Conliffe
  • WR Tee Higgins
  • ATH Jacoby Stevens
  • QB CJ Lewis
  • RB Chase Hayden
  • DB Theo Jackson
  • OL Patrick Leitten
  • DT Ben Hutch
  • RB Damon Williams
  • CB Gentry Bonds
  • CB Ambry Thomas
  • CB Cheyenne Labruzza
  • DT  Jordan Williams
  • TE Tre McKitty
  • DE Tre Lawson
  • DE Tyree Johnson
  • DE Latrell Bumphus
  • WR Princeton Fant
  • ATH Maleik Gray
  • ATH Jaquan Henderson
  • RB Javon Leake 
  • TE Matt Dotson
  • CB Jacobe Clement
  • OLB Solon Page III
  • WR Evidence Njoku
  • WR KD Nixon
  • DT Emmanuel McNeil
  • DT Brandon Jones
  • ATH CJ Holmes
  • WR Tarik Black
  • LB Jeremiah Gemmel
  • LB Chinedu Ogbonna
  • OT Toryque Bateman
  • DE DJ Taylor
  • OL Jalen McKenzie
  • ATH Jay Howard
  • LB Santonio Marchiol
  • TE Chase Rodgers (commit)
  • OT Obinna Eze?
  • RB Ty Chandler?
  • DE Robert Beal ?
  • RB Trey Coleman?
  • CB Yusuf Corker?
  • S Deangelo Gibbs?
  • WR Emmanuel Greene?
  • DT Alfred Thomas (2018)
  • OT  Reuben Unije (2018)
  • QB Emory Jones (2018)
  • OG Emil Ekiyor (2018)
  • ATH Alontea Taylor (2018)
  • OT Christian Armstrong (2018)
  • WR Dillon Spalding (2018)
  • RB Jamal Elliott (2018)
  • RB TJ Pledger (2018)
  • DT D'Andre Litaker (2018)
  • OT Cade Mays (2018 commit)
  • DE Joseph Anderson (2019)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

2017, An Early Look

Here are the list of Rivals 100 members in the state of Tennessee alone. We are recruiting all of these
guys heavily. 

ATH Jacoby Stevens #30
ATH Maleik Gray #31
WR Tee Higgins #69 
RB Cordarrian Richardson #88

Stevens was once committed to LSU, his childhood favorite, but decommitted once the buzz around Les Miles intensified. He now claims he's open to Tennessee and has a former teammate on the Tennessee team recruiting him in Jack Jones. Many schools in the mix here but you gotta like where Tennessee is early.

Makleik Gray seems to be favoring FSU currently with USC in second place but he's said some nice things about Tennessee and has been a frequent visitor on campus this past year. He mentioned to Rivals.com that he's discussed with some other Middle Tennessee players all playing for the same school at the next level.

Tee Higgins grew up loving the Vols but may have committed a little too early in the process as other schools have started recruiting him hard including Clemson where he just came off a visit from with a guy we'll mention later, Tee Martin's son Amari Rodgers. Tennessee will be in the thick of it til the end which will be much later down the road I predict.

We are in really good shape, if not the favorites, for top runningback Cordarrian Richardson. Richardson is an explosive running back and deserving of his top 100 rating. He claims a top 8 of Tennessee, LSU, Auburn, Oklahoma, Alabama, Michigan State, Clemson and Florida State.


The rest of the 250 shakes out like this:

RB Ty Chandler #145
WR Amari Rodgers #180
LB Jacob Phillips #182
CB Gentry Bonds #207
WR Princeton Fant #216

There are many who would make the argument that Ty Chandler, and not Cordarrian Richardson is the top runningback in the state and I wouldn't argue with them. He's got prototypical runningback size at 5'11" 190 and is a bruising style runner for his High School. His father briefly played for Ole Miss and that's a school he is considering but Tennessee is also very much in the mix. 

Amari Rodgers is a slot wide receiver and the son of Vol legend Tee Martin. He committed to his dad on a visit to USC while he was still the wide receiver coach but has since backed off that pledge. Tennessee was thought to be in the mix but many have suspected he would end up at his childhood favorite Clemson where, as mentioned above, he just came off a visit. He announced via Twitter that he would be doing a Bleacher Report commitment within a month and a half.

Jacob Phillips is out of
Nashville Magnet School in Nashville and formerly of Beech High School in Hendersonville, Jalen Hurd's alma mater. Vols are in the thick of things here.

I like where Tennessee is with Gentry Bonds after a recent visit.

Princeton Fant, I expect to be a Vol.

Just outside of the Rivals 250, but still a 4 star instate prospect is offensive tackle Trey Smith. He's the 10th best prospect in the state of Tennessee and a Vols target. In addition to Tennessee he is listening to Alabama and Clemson.

Here are the rest of the top 100 guys we are in on. These guys are not neccesarily instate but are big targets for Tennessee in the class.

CB Lamont Wade #6
S Jeffery Okudah #9
CB William Poole III #14
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones #20
RB Cam Akers #21 (Bama commit)
S Deangelo GIbbs #45

LB Justin Foster #53

Lamont Wade is one of the top 10 players in the class and a guy which the "who's who" of college football are all pursuing. He is already very familiar with Tennessee defensive coordinator Bob Shoop having been recruited by him at Penn State. He's taken two very recent visits to Ohio State who some consider the team to beat. One thing to note is Ohio State already has two very good corner backs committed in this class.

Jeffery Okudah is one of the top safeties in the country and has been on Tennessee's campus and has come away impressed. Tough to get a kid out of Texas but he's one to watch.

William Poole III is a georgia prospect who Tennessee is after but so are the in-state Dawgs.

Donovon Peoples-Jones is one of the top wide receivers in the country and his offer list reflects that. Out of Detroit, he will be tough to keep away from Michigan but Tennessee made a recent list of his top schools.

Cam Akers is a Bama commit who is leaving the door cracked for Tennessee. Sources tell me that, if he were to decommit from Alabama, Tennessee would be the destination. He sees the opportunity for immediate playing time on Tennessee's roster and it doesn't help Bama that they have two other top running backs committed in his class.

Deangelo Gibbs, the nephew of Tennessee legend Dale Carter and cousin to Nigel Warrior, is one of the top prospects in the state of Georgia. He's been on Tennessee's campus multiple times and almost every time Warrior was on campus, so was Deangelo. It's hard to see him getting away from the Vols.

Justin Foster is one of the top linebacker prospects in the country and is a guy Tommy Thigpen is heavily involved with. The North Carolina product has been on campus several times and Tennesse is dogged in their pursuit of him.




Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Streak Must End

10 years. You're probably getting sick of hearing it -- I know I am -- but that's how long it's been since Tennessee has beaten it's biggest rival in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. They've had their chances. There have been many close games but Florida just seemed to have Tennessee's number. Well guess what? I don't believe in any of that shit.

Last year people said, "If Tennessee is going to beat Florida, this is the year." and it was true. There really is no valid excuse for losing to an abysmal football team whose coach was soon to be fired for being so awful especially with a 9 point lead in the 4th quarter. Butch Jones has since said that that game was the lowest point of his coaching career. I'm glad he feels that way.

Once again, one year later, pundits and talking heads are saying "If Tennessee is ever going to beat Florida, this is the year." Jim McElwain's offense may work out for Florida eventually but the talent level on that side of the ball is not good right now and probably will not improve enough for Florida to have any success this year in the SEC.

However, Florida's defense has had success this year having given up only 256 yard of offense per game including only 55.3 rushing yards average. Granted those numbers are somewhat skewed by an ECU game which saw ECU having much success through the air without the presence of Vernon Hargreaves III, who was nursing a knee injury, to the tune of 346 passing yards, but only accumulating -13 rushing yards for the game. But guess what, Florida hasn't seen an offense like ours, nor a rushing attack like ours which is ranked second in the SEC with 738 yards rushing.

On paper this is a game the Vols should win. Florida hasn't faced a defense like they will face Saturday and they only managed 14 points vs. a Kentucky defense which still is enduring growing pains. But as we all know and have seen, painfully at times, football is a game played between the hash marks and anything can happen on any given Saturday.

There is a great breakdown of Florida's offense and it's limitations here that you should definitely check out. An Inside Look at the Gators' New Look Offense

I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Florida will be without Jalen Tabor who is their second-best lockdown corner and Treon Harris who is their only other competent QB other than Will Grier. If something were to happen to Grier, the next in line is Josh Grady who flamed out at both QB and WR at Vanderbilt and could not beat out any of the lousy QBs Vandy fielded last season. Should Grier go down, their chances of winning this game drop to nearly zero.

So it's prediction time and I've given this game much thought in advance of predicting a score, I do not see a high scoring game and if I were a betting man I'd take the under at 48.5. Both defenses will make it hard on the offenses to score. It may be the homer in me though I try and take emotion out of the picture and make realistic guesses. I say that we win this game 20-10 with a modicum of confidence.

Should we lose though (and it wouldn't be that shocking) Vol Nation will be unbearable. Many will call for Butch's head. We will hear about the awful play-calling (strange that few complain about play-calling when it works.) and fans will demoan the hiring of Mike DeBord.

Win this one because you can, Butch. It's not only the most important game because it's the next game. It's the most important game because of 10 years of Vol fans' suffrage.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Visitors for the Oklahoma Game

It's the home opener. Big for many reasons: a win will signal the Vols return back to national relevancy and set up an undefeated season heading into the Swamp to face a Florida team at it's weakest point in decades. A loss will have Vol fans restless and leave national pundits wondering if this is truly the Vols team that can threaten to win the East and is ready to be back on the national spotlight.

It's big for another reason too. The number of top-flight recruits hoping to take in such an overwhelming atmosphere is seemingly endless and Tennessee will have some of it's top targets in the 2016 class and many of it's top 2017 targets on hand to take in the affair.

I've compiled a list as best I can of everyone who will be in attendance. I'm sure there are more that will show up than are listed here. But this is the most accurate list you'll find. There are no scheduled official visits for this game so all visits are unofficial.

Many of Tennessee's current commits will be here as well but we'll just list the targets as those names will become repetitive throughout the year.

2016

  • DB Joejuan Williams
  • WR Mecole Hardman
  • S Ikenna Okeke
  • DE Tariqious Tisdale
  • DL Marlon Dunlap
  • DE Josh Brwon
  • DE Antonneous Clayton
  • DB Nigel Warrior


2017

  • S DeAngelo Gibbs
  • CB William Poole III
  • LB Justin Foster
  • RB Ty Chandler
  • RB Chase Hayden
  • DB Derrek Pitts
  • TE Matthew Dotson
  • ATH Maleik Gray
  • DT Eric Crosby
  • DE Malik Herring
  • WR Amari Rodgers
  • WR Ryan Jones
  • LB Jaden Hunter
  • CB LeAnthony Williams Jr.
  • OT Jedrick Wills
  • WR Tahj Capehart
  • WR Princeton Fant
  • LB Breon Dixon
  • S Xavier McKinney
  • LB Jacob Phillips
  • S Davondre Robinson
  • ATH Shi Smith
  • OT Obinna Eze
  • WR Shi Smith

2018

  • QB Trevor Lawrence
  • WR Camron Johnson
  • S Mike Jones Jr.






Wednesday, February 4, 2015

National Signing Day 2015

Here it is, folks! The day we've all been waiting for. I'll be chronicling who has sent in LOIs here so
we can keep track.

Enrolled

Alvin Kamara
Quinten Dormady
Andrew Butcher
Jack Jones
Chance Hall
Shy Tuttle
Jajuan Jennings
Stephen Griffin
Darrin Kirkland Jr.
Kyle Phillips

Faxed in LOI

Darrell Taylor
Zach Stewart
John Kelly
Quart'e Sapp
Venzell Boulware
Justin Martin
Darrell Miller
Micah Abernathy
Preston Williams
Kahlil McKenzie
Drew Richmond
Riley Lovingood
Sheriron Jones
Kyle Oliver
Austin Smith
Quay Picou
Tommy Townsend



Blueshirts (will not sign LOI)

Vincent Perry
Joc Bruce

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Florida Visitor List

It's setting up to be the best environment inside Neyland Stadium in years. A pivotal game that could be the difference in Tennessee making a bowl or sitting at home for a 4th consecutive year, the checkerboard Neyland movement which promises to paint the stadium like never before, and an all-star list of recruiting prospects who will take it all in. It will be big.

A win would mean we simply need to take care of business against Kentucky at home and Vandy on the road (assuming we beat UTC which is a safe assumption) in order to make a bowl and show the world how far this program has progressed in such a short time and how prepared it is to take the next step. 

As I mentioned, it will be a big weekend for recruiting as several prospects Tennessee is chasing will be taking official visits along with several more who will be on unofficial visits. I've compiled a list of who will be there and will just mention briefly that while Ugo Amadi and Kyle Phillips initially planned to be in attendance, they have ultimately decided to attend the Ole Miss/Bama game instead. Here's the list.

2015 Official Visitors

  • LB Ricky Deberry
  • OT Pat Allen
  • DT Kahlil McKenzie (commit)
  • RB Johnny Frasier
  • CB Mook Reynolds
  • DE Darrell Taylor (commit)
  • CB Micah Abernathy
  • OL Matthew Burrell

Unofficial Visitors

2015

  • LB Jerome Baker?
  • RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn
  • LB Quarte Sapp
  • DE De'Andre Walker

    Commits
    • DE Andrew Butcher 
    • DT Shy Tuttle 
    • DT Khalil McKenzie
    • QB Quinten Dormady
    • P Tommy Townsend
    • OL Jack Jones
    • WR Preston Williams
    • LB Austin Smith
    • DT Quay Piccou
    • OL Chance Hall
    • TE Kyle Oliver
    2016
    • RB Tavien Feaster
    • LB Jaleel Laguins
    • CB Rontavius Groves
    • DB Nigel Warrior
    • RB Elijah Holyfield
    • LB Daniel Bituli
    • OL Drake Jackson
    • RB Antonio Williams
    • OT Bryce Mathews
    • TE Gabe Angel
    2017

    • ATH Maleik Gray
    • RB Ty Chandler
    2018
    • OL Cade Mays

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Visitors for the Opener




    It's a big opening weekend for the Tennessee football team and a big opportunity to get recruits on campus with a Sunday day game with no competition from it's rivals for airtime and a vacation from school the following day, being Labor Day. As you would expect, the list is long of both 2015 and 2016 prospects set to take it all in.

    2015 Visitors

    DE Andrew Butcher (commit)
    ATH Joc Bruce (commit)
    DE Dylan Jackson (commit)
    S Jauan Jennings (commit)
    OL Zach Stewart (commit)
    RB Rocky Reid (commit)
    S Stephen Griffin (commit)
    OL Jack Jones (commit)
    TE Kyle Oliver (commit)
    ATH Vincent Perry
    DE Kyle Phillips
    DT Shy Tuttle
    LB Roquan Smith
    CB Ugo Amadi

    2016 Visitors

    OT Ryan Johnson (commit)
    QB Austin Kendall (commit)
    CB Donte Vaughn
    CB Marquill Osborne
    S Joejuan Williams
    DT Malik Walker
    RB BJ Emmons
    CB Mecole Hardman
    WR Dillon Mitchell
    S Donte Vaughn
    RB Moe Neal
    RB Antonio Williams
    OLB Tariqious Tisdale

    2017 Visitors

    QB Hunter Johnson



    Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Junior Day March 8th

    Spring practice starts Friday and it's another important weekend for recruiting. Here is a list of who is expected in for Junior Day this weekend.

    Junior Day March 8

    LB Tyler Cooksey
    LB Roquan Smith
    QB Nick Tiano
    QB Tommy Stevens
    QB Cole Kotopka
    QB Kelly Bryant
    QB Joe Burrow
    RB Bryce Love
    WR Tyron Johnson
    WR Van Jefferson
    WR Alex Ofodile
    WR Jalen McClesky
    DT Elijah Taylor
    DT Sterling Johnson
    DT Tyrell Jacobs
    DE Jalen Dalton
    DE Russell Ude
    DB Cam Ordway
    DB Micah Abernathy
    OL Venzel Boulware
    OL Marquelll Harrell
    OL Alex Givens
    OL/DL Dylan Jackson (commit)
    DE Andrew Butcher (commit)
    OL Zach Stewart (commit)
    OL Jack Jones (commit)

    2016

    DL Briston Guidry
    DL Malik Walker
    TE Jake Hausmann
    RB Kareem Walker

    Friday, February 14, 2014

    Jr. Day 2015 class #1 Feb 15

    Watch Emmit Gooden this weekend for a possible commit. Here's a list of everyone planning on being there this weekend for Jr. Day. The guys with a "?" were once scheduled to be here but I'm uncertain if they will make it in.

    • LB Darrin Kirkland Jr.
      DE Sterling Johnson
      WR CJ Sanders
      DE Darrian Roseboro
      OT Matthew Burrell
      DT Tim Settle
      LB Keaton Anderson
      WR Carl Tucker Jr.
      OT Austin Clark
      OL Zach Stewart (commit)
      FB/HB Joshua Thomas
      OT Matthew Burrell
      S Stephen Griffin
      DE Kyle Phillips ?
      OT Drew Richmond ?
      ATH Jaason Lewis ?
      CB Duke Shelley
      OLB Dee Smith
      DE Joc Bruce
      CB Cameron Ordway
      DE/OT Dylan Jackson (commit)
      ATH/Slot WR Jaylond Woods (commit)
      RB Keshawn Vaughn
      WR Jayson Stanley
      OLB Jaye Miner

      '16 commit CB Dorian Banks
      '16 DE Emmit Gooden (may commit)
      '16 OT Ryan Johnson
      '16 OT Bryce Matthews

    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    National Signing Day 2014 NLIs

    First 14 are already enrolled

    1. Donatvius Blair
    2. Neiko Creamer
    3. Daniel Helm
    4. Jalen Hurd
    5. Jakob Johnson
    6. Josh Malone
    7. Emmanuel Moseley
    8. D'Andre Payne
    9. LaVon (Von) Pearson
    10. Ray Raulerson
    11. Coleman Thomas
    12. Owen Williams
    13. Ethan Wolf
    14. Demarya Mixon 
    15. Todd Kelly Jr.
    16. Dillon Bates 
    17. Vic Wharton
    18.  Rashaan Gaulden
    19. Derrell Scott 
    20. Aaron Medley
    21. Gavin Bryant 
    22. Treyvon Paulk
    23.  DeWayne Hendrix
    24. Jashon Robertson
    25.  Charles Mosley
    26. Derek Barnett 
    27. Michael Sawyers 
    28. Chris Weatherd 
    29. Cortez McDowell 
    30. Joe Henderson 
    31. Evan Berry
    32. Elliot Berry

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

    Top 10 Instate Targets for the 2015 Recruiting Class

    The days until Signing Day are now in the single digits and there's little to talk about in
    regards to the 2014 class so I thought I'd break down where we stand with some of the top instate targets in the 2015 class. We're in good shape with several top prospects instate so let's take a look at them. I'm looking at the 247 rankings so if you want to follow along, look up our targets and click Tennessee on the right to pull up the list.

    1. OT Drew Richmond 4* - Richmond was a frequent visitor on campus this past year and was present for Foundation Day 2014 in addition to taking in the Georgia and Vanderbilt games. He is tight with Charles Mosley which obviously helps the Vols and has been known to chat with some of our prospects on Twitter. Our biggest competition for Richmond is probably Ohio State but we edge them out slightly on the crystal ball.
    2. CB Rico McGraw 3* - McGraw committed to Georgia soon after the hire of Jeremy Pruitt as defensive coordinator. Tennessee will not give up though. Expect them to continue to recruit the talented corner.
    3.  SDE Kyle Phillips 4* - Phillips is another guy who's fairly familiar with UT's campus as he was also present for Foundation Day as well as taking in the Georgia game. This one is shaping up to be a Vanderbilt/Tennessee battle. Phillips is no stranger to Vandy's campus either. He's been there several times and distance wise is much closer to Nashville than Knoxville. His mother played women's basketball for the Commodores so there is certainly a draw but Tennessee has put itself in good position to battle for the uber-talented defensive end. Tommy Thigpen, our ace recruiter is Phillips' primary recruiter. He doesn't let the good ones get away very often.
    4. ATH Juan Jennings 4* - Tennessee has offered this talented athlete though many suspect they like him as an athlete instead of his preferred position of QB. Vandy had offered under the previous staff at QB but it's not clear whether he's in their plans still and if so at what position. Jennings is still wide open and hasn't named any leaders so this one will be interesting to watch.
    5. OLB Joshua McMillon 4* - McMillon intends to take his time with his recruitment and really explore his options. One of those options is Tennessee. McMillon visited the Volunteers back in June of last year. He is a Memphis guy and one who Ole Miss has targeted at the top of their wish list. Memphis guys are always a tough pull for the Vols but Butch has Tennessee squarely in the picture for McMillon.
    6. ILB Josh Smith 4* -  Josh loves the Vols but his brother is committed to Vanderbilt. I think he's going to be tough to pull away from the Commodores who are just 30 minutes down the road from him but I expect us to try. He's been on campus multiple times both with and without his brother and has friends committed to Tennessee currently.
    7. WR Van Jefferson 4* - Jefferson is the son of Titans WR coach Shawn Jefferson. Van resides in Middle Tennessee currently but has no ties necessarily to the area. Tennessee is trying with him but many expect him to go North to Ohio State or possibly even Penn State.
    8. OT Jack Jones 4* - Jones is committed to Tennessee.
    9. CB Ugo Amadi 3* - Amadi, who is a 4* on Rivals, holds a Tennessee offer and we are currently his favorite. Vandy may try with him but Butch has us in a good spot. Amadi was on Tennessee's campus to take in the Auburn game and came away impressed.
    10. OT Zach Stewart 3* - Stewart is committed to Tennessee
    Those are really the names you need to know at this time. A couple of guys just out of the top 10 are ATH Jaylond Woods who is committed to Tennessee but I'm hearing may not end up part of the 2015 class and Dylan Jackson who is also committed to Tennessee. 

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

    Vol Commits in All American Games

    Under Armour All-America Game

    January 2nd, 4 PM EST ESPN

    LB Dillon Bates
    K Aaron Medley

    Offense-Defense All-American Bowl

    January 3rd, 5 PM EST ESPN3

    DL Derek Barnett
    TE Daniel Helm
    S Cortez McDowell
    OG Charles Mosley
    CB Emmanuel Moseley
    DL Cory Thomas
    WR Vic Wharton

    U.S. Army All-American Bowl

    January 4th, 1 PM EST, NBC

    RB Jalen Hurd
    S Todd Kelly
    LB Kevin Mouhon
    WR Josh Malone

    Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl

    January 5th, 9 PM EST, Fox Sports 1

    OL Orlando Brown
    CB/S Rashaan Gaulden
    DE Dewayne Hendrix

    * Tennessee targets OL Benjamin Knox, RB Derrell Scott