Four More Scorchers

Yesterday we covered some ground on a group of running back prospects from Florida that can cover a lot of ground in a hurry. Today we take a look at four more Florida high school juniors, which UT is recruiting, that could constitute a Grade A 4x40 relay team.

These swift Sunshine State prospects fall into the wide receiver/defensive back category, and are prized by a plethora of perennial powers. The good news for UT is that both Miami and FSU are in a state of decline. The bad news: Florida is fresh off a national championship and the destination of choice in a state with more than enough top prospects to keep the Big 3 in perpetual title contention for better than two decades.

Because Tennessee has to compete against the Gators in the six-team SEC East Division, it has to be able to challenge them for talent on their home turf. The need for speed puts UT and Florida in a ton of one-on-one recruiting wars. Here are another four that could once again pit the Vols and Gators.

• JANORIS JENKINS, 5-11, 180, is a cornerback from Pahokee, Fla., with 4.45 speed in the 40. As a junior he played both ways and help lead his team to the Class-2A state title game. He ran for 698 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 11.6 yards per carry. He posted 49 tackles and proved to be one of the state's top shutdown corners. He reports offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Tennessee among others. Jenkins quickness and ability to change direction may be better than his straight-line speed. He has a 32-inch vertical and good instincts. Florida is the team to beat but Clemson is in an early position to pull an upset. Expect a late commitment.

• BRANDON HARRIS, 5-11, 186, of Booker T. Washington High School in Miami is another two-way star who runs a reported 4.45. As a wide receiver he had 38 catches for 705 yards and 13 touchdowns. He played the corner on defense and recorded 42 tackles with four sacks and six interceptions. He returned two of those picks for TDs and also returned three kickoffs for scores. He's a solid student, with a gleaming 3.6 GPA and a qualifying test score, who plans to be a criminal justice major. His offer list reads like a who's who of college football including the likes of Florida, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Tennessee, USC, Auburn and West Virginia. Again the Gators have the inside track although he plans to attend camps at both Miami and Rutgers.

• DAVID ROWE, 5-11, 190, of Cocoa, Fla., is almost identical in terms of volume and velocity as Jenkins and Harris. He's credited with a 4.5 flat clocking and played both sides of the ball for Cocoa High School. He ran for eight touchdowns as a junior and caught 18 passes for 297 yards and two TDs. Rowe had five interceptions splitting reps between safety and corner. He returned eight kickoffs for 280 yards, an average of 35 yards an attempt. His brother James plays baseball for South Florida which is recruiting the younger sibling for football. He has been offered by Miami and is receiving a lot of interest from Clemson and Tennessee. Has tentative plans to attend camps in Miami and UT. A good start in his senior season will boost Rowe's stock and increase his demand but UT is in position to pick up a high potential prospect.

• JEREMY BROWN, 5-10.5, 160, plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Boone High School in Orlando. Fla., last season, catching 13 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns while intercepting six passes and taking a pair the distance. But the numbers that really caught the attention of the college coaching world was his 4.43 clocking in the 40 he posted at the Jacksonville Scout.com combine in March. He also had an impressive 4.12 time in the short shuttle and a 34-inch vertical. He has offers from Auburn, Florida and Tennessee which comprise his favorites along with Florida State and Clemson. Brown reports a 3.0 GPA and runs the sprints for Boone's track team. UT projects him as a corner.

Another name to keep an eye on from Florida is Antonio Bell of Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. At 6-2, 180, with 4.50 speed he is seen strictly as a wide receiver. He caught 43 passes for 874 and four TDs last season. Has a 34-inch vertical and a 3.1 GPA. The Vols have offered as has West Virginia, Nebraska, South Carolina and Florida International. Both Florida and Florida State are recruiting him, but UWV has an early lead.


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