Myles picks Tennessee

Tennessee's football staff got its first pleasant surprise of National Signing Day when highly touted safety Darren Myles of Atlanta returned signed scholarship papers to the Vols.

As noon approached, Myles was among nine Wednesday signees. Tennessee signed four recruits early who already are enrolled – Montori Hughes, Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, Rae Sykes and Toney Williams. They are profiled elsewhere on this page.

Here's a look at the players who were on board as of Wednesday morning:

- Darren Myles, 6-2, 180, 4.5, Carver High School, Atlanta, Ga., is ranked No. 8 among the nation's safety prospects, and he's the most pleasant signing day surprise to this point. A four-star prospect, Myles selected the Vols over offers from LSU, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky and Purdue. His father was Jamal Lewis' coach at Atlanta Douglas, and worked a couple of Tennessee football camps under Phillip Fulmer. As a senior Myles had 80 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, one interception and two fumble recoveries. He was named AJC First Team All-State DB, and selected for the Under Armour All-Star Game. An excellent athlete with refined skills and great recognition, Myles closes quickly and delivers a blow with verve. He reports a 36-inch vertical, a 260-pound bench and 550 in the squat. Could also play wide receiver on the next level, but most teams prefer his experience and expertise on the last line of defense.

- Jerod Askew, 6-0, 230, 4.55, Chesapeake, Va., is a fast, compact linebacker, who hits like a ton of bricks and punishes ball carriers regularity, is ranked the nation's No. 6 strong-side linebacker. Askew compiled 130 tackles as a senior including 18 for loss, 12 sacks and three interceptions. He had another 120 stops, 14 sacks and 24 tackles for loss in 2007.

- Nyshier Oliver, 5-10, 170, 4.40, Jersey City, N.J. returned to Tennessee's fold after de-committing in November in favor of Notre Dame. The nation's No. 20 ranked safety and a four-star prospect, Oliver is an athletic, physical defender with good instincts and outstanding closing speed. Could be pressed into duty at running back if depth becomes a concern.

- Mike Edwards, 5-10, 170, 4.45, of renown Glenville High School in Cleveland, Ohio, is almost an exact replica as Oliver in terms of size, speed and athleticism, except Edwards is the nation's No. 21 cornerback. Excellent body control and transitional skills. A big, late get for the Vols who will compete for playing time from his first day on campus.

- Arthur Jeffery, 6-4, 285, 4.90, Sarasota, Fla., is another four-star prospect ranked the nation's No. 20 defensive tackle. This may be the Vols best value signing in the Class of 2009. He tore an ACL in October which raised concerns but his potential alone makes Jeffery worth the gamble. As a junior he had 74 tackles, 28 for losses, 11 sacks, five blocked kicks and four caused fumbles.

- James Green, 6-2, 205, 4.55, of Tallahassee, Fla., was handpicked by Lane Kiffin as a fit for UT's new pro offensive system. Green, who had 45 receptions for 807 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior, has seen his stock steadily rise during his year at Leon High School where he transferred to from Dr. Krop High on Miami. The three-star prospect is currently ranked No. 73 at his position. He chose the Vols over Auburn, Ole Miss, North Carolina, South Carolina and South Florida.

- Zach Rogers, 6-1, 170, 4.48, David Lipscomb High in Nashville, is the younger brother of UT senior receiver Austin Rogers, and is also a receiver who is ranked No. 56 nationally. Rogers amassed 688 yards and eight TDs in 29 catches, and rushed the ball 44 times for 460 yards and five TDs in 2007. On defense, he intercepted seven passes from his safety post. He was offered by Alabama, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Stanford and Texas Tech among others.

- JerQuari Schofield, 6-6, 298, South Aiken (S.C.) High School, is an imposing specimen who is ranked No. 31 among offensive tackle prospects. He originally committed to Tennessee in June of last year, but the Vols had to hold off a late charge by in-state schools South Carolina and Clemson to earn this behemoth's autograph.

- Kevin Revis, 6-4, 270, 5.3, Rhea County High School in Evensville, Tenn., is ranked the nation's No. 38 offensive guard but could play center. Explosive off the line and aggressive at the point of attack, Revis earned a reputation as a hard-nosed player and has been active in supporting the Vols recruiting efforts.

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