A big switch for Stone

A week ago it was down to Alabama and Auburn for the top offensive lineman in Tennessee, but that is no longer the case. He took a last minute visit to Knoxville over the weekend and that changed everything.

"Right now, Auburn is no longer in the picture for James Stone," said Maplewood Head Coach Ralph Thompson.

With Auburn out a new school must be in because Stone has not yet committed to anyone. That new school is Tennessee.

Stone decided late last week that he was going to take a visit to UT and the hard work the Vols put out to convince him to visit paid off big.

"At first James was going to visit just to visit. The front end of the visit was just for fun, just to visit because the coaches asked him too, and that, but things changed on Saturday night."

"I talked to him on Saturday afternoon and nothing had changed, but he had a sit down with Coach [Derek] Dooley and that seemed to change everything."

"When I talked to him on Sunday, James was different. He and Coach Dooley really hit it off and he won James over."

Dooley won the 6-foot-4, 300 pound offensive lineman over enough to put his Volunteers in the lead.

"Tennessee is not only in it now, but they are in the lead," Coach Thompson said Tuesday afternoon.

"It is them and Alabama now with Aubrun totally out. Both Tennessee and Alabama are coming up here to visit with James tomorrow and then he will announce his decision on Signing Day around 10:30am."

"It is going to be a crazy and eventful day up here tomorrow."


Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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