It's the goal of Scout.com and InsideTennessee.com to cover the entire state of Tennessee like no other.
Whether an in-state prospect does or does not have an offer from the University of Tennessee, it's still our objective and goal to evaluate every prospect in the Volunteer state.
It's that time of the year again when preseason rankings and predictions are popular.
InsideTennessee.com is proud to announce the "InsideTennessee Top Thirty Prospects." Our experts spent a lot of time in the spring getting to know these prospects firsthand.
We are basing our preseason rankings on personal scouting, film evaluations and official offers, among other factors. We will re-rank each prospect after the completion of the Fall 2010 season. This is not the official Scout.com state rankings but just the opinions of our InsideTennessee.com recruiting staff.
One factor in deciding the top prospects in the state was this question: Who has the best NFL potential? This year, two prospects' names could fit that scenario.
We will now continue the InsideTennessee.com countdown.
No. 10 Brendan Downs, TEa, Tennessee High School, Bristol, TennesseeThis talented athlete only has two official offers but that doesn't mean he isn't one of the top players in the state. Committed already to Duke, that has slowed his recruitment.
It didn't keep Tennessee from offering, but we understand that the talented tight end will end up a Blue Devil. Good size, good hands. Needs to get bigger and stronger.
No. 9 We have our first tie in the top third of the poll.
While Sensabaugh has no official offers, don't let that fool you, as he is one of the top running backs in the state. Gibson has official offers from Kentucky, LSU and Memphis. The Bluff City athlete has already chosen to stay home and has committed to Memphis.
No. 8 Mack Crowder, OL, Tennessee High School BristolOne of the top centers in the state. Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Crowder has already picked up 13 official offers including one from Tennessee.
No. 7 Terry Redden, DL, Memphis Whitehaven High SchoolRedden is one of the top defensive linemen in the state. He already has offers from Ole Miss, Memphis, Clemson, and Kansas. Redden has good size at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds. Look for his offer list to increase. He is one of several stars on his Whitehaven Football team.
No. 6 Jairi Dunaway, LB, Siegal High SchoolDunaway is one of the biggest surprises of the spring and summer. He picked up his first offer from Tennessee. He has great size; he is a physical specimen, and a physical football player. He showed good fundamentals during the Badgers 7-7 Tournament and has been very impressive in several spring combines.
11. Hunter Long 12. Alexandro Antoine 13. Cody Robinson 14. Ryan Mack 15. Devrin Young 16. Deon Meadows 17. Tino Thomas 18. Tra Darius Golf 19 Johnny Baddour 20. Matt Hanby 21. Lucas Patrick 22. David Helton 23. Christian Coleman 24. Jeremiah Bryson 25. Shaquille Mason 26. Tray Becton-Martin, 27. Stephen Rich 28. Wirth Campbell 29. Michael Johnson 30. Michael Wegzyn