SEC Recruiting Overview, Pt. 6

We conclude our look back at recruiting efforts for 2002 in the Southeastern Conference with Tennessee and Vanderbilt.



The Volunteers, without a doubt, brought in the top class in the Southeastern Conference and one of the best in the country. Over 50 percent of the signees are ranked in the top 20 at their respective positions with seven placing in the top ten. More efforts like this could help UT overtake Florida as the premier team in the SEC East – a process that some feel is already well underway.

LSU went head-to-head with Tennessee for a couple of their top prospects – Gerald Riggs and Jason Allen. The Tigers shouldn't feel too bad because the Vols are able to win match-ups like this throughout the country.


OL Brandon Jefferies

(6-5 265)

Shelby, N.C.

K James Wilhoit

(5-11 180)

Hendersonville, Tenn.

RB Gerald Riggs Jr.

(6-0 220)

Chattanooga, Tenn.

DE Jonathon Mapu

(6-3 275)

Kahuku, HI

DE Mondre Dickerson

(6-4 268)

Coffeyville (Kan.) CC

S Gibril  Wilson

(6-1 190)

San Francisco CC

TE Aaron Kirkland

(6-5 256)

Fayetteville, N.C.

DE Parys Haralson

(6-4 255)

Madison, Miss.

RB Jason Allen

(6-1 200)

Muscle Shoals, Ala.

OL Rob Smith

(6-3 280)

Frankfort, Ky.

OL Heath Benedict

(6-5 275)

Hightstown, N.J.

CB Jonathan Wade

(5-10 170)

Shreveport, La.

OL Cody Douglas

(6-4 320)

La Marque, Texas

LB Omar Gaither

(6-2 210)

Charlotte, N.C.

DT Greg Jones

(6-6 275)

Jonesboro, Ark.

TE Leon Pinky

(6-3 255)

College Of Canyons (Calif.)

CB Antwan Stewart

(6-0 180)

Dumfries, Va.

OL Justin Harrell

(6-5 286)

Martin, Tenn.

DT LaRon Harris

(6-2 305)

Memphis, Tenn.

DT David Ligon

(6-5 270)

Memphis, Tenn.

QB Chris Hannon

(6-4 184)

Sarasota, Fla.

OL John Henry

(6-5 305)

Nashville, Tenn.

DE Jason Hall

(6-4 240)

Chattanooga, Tenn.





There were not many strides made by new head coach Bobby Johnson in his first recruiting effort compared to the previous Vandy regime, but there is undoubtedly going to be a grace period. There seems to have been one for everyone who's held the job.

Only two members of the Commodores' 2002 signing class – Grant Brigham and Steven Bright - appeared on the national position rankings of network.  


WR Grant Brigham

(6-0 170)

Mountain Brook, Ala.

QB Steven Bright

(6-3 205)

Greer, S.C.

OL Steven Brent

(6-3 263)

Georgetown, Texas

RB Kwane Doster

(5-11 175)

Tampa, Fla.

RB Brad Anderson

(6-1 230)

Ijamsville, Md.

RB Ron Bullock

(5-10 215)

New Orleans

WR Andrew Pace

(6-1 185)

Mountain Brook, Ala.

WR Erik Davis

(6-3 180)

Antioch, Tenn.

OL Mac Pyle

(6-6 280)

Adairsville, Ga.

OL Blake Luker

(6-5 300)

Collinwood, Tenn.

OL Adam Dossett

(6-4 260)

Gloster, Miss.

DL Richard Freeman

(6-5 230)

Brentwood, Tenn.

DT Ray Brown

(6-3 275)

Jackson, N.J.

DE Antwan Morgan

(6-5 225)

Bennettsville, S.C.

DE Herdley Harrison

(6-1 205)

Marietta, Ga.

LB Chris Booker

(6-4 225)

Brandon, Miss.

LB Kevin Joyce

(6-3 205)

Orlando, Fla.

CB Tim Miller

(6-1 190)

Beverly Hills, Mich.

K Patrick Johnson

(5-10 170)

Athens, Ala.

P Greg Johnson

(6-2 185)

Lilburn, Ga.


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