Arnett's a Vol

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley's reputation as a run-first football guy may be tested next fall, thanks to tonight's commitment of Saginaw (Mich.) superstar DeAnthony Arnett.

Arnett, a 6-0, 175-pounder, is rated a 4-star recruit by and ranked sixth nationally among receiver prospects. He committed privately to the Vols two weeks ago, then went public in a ceremony tonight.

Arnett toyed with the country Tuesday night by going on a social network and playfully "committing" to an assortment of schools, including Slippery Rock. He continued to prolong the suspense tonight by sitting at a desk featuring the caps of his five finalists.

The hats, in order, were Michigan, an orange Tennessee cap, Michigan State, USC and Cal.

After stepping to the podium, he thanked God, his family and his coaches. Next, Arnett briefly disappeared behind the podium and rummaged around for half a minute before emerging. With a smile, he finally broke the suspense by saying he had picked Tennessee. With that, he revealed a sixth hat - a black one that said VOLS across the front - and pulled it onto his head.

Arnett described Dooley as "a great guy. He's going to help me become a man."

Asked why he picked the Vols, Arnett singled out Vol wide receiver coach Charlie Baggett, noting that he "didn't just recruit me. He recruited my family."

The addition of DeAnthony Arnett gives Tennessee a frightfully impressive corps of young receivers for the future. The Vols already have two standout freshmen playing this fall in Justin Hunter (6-4, 181) and Da'Rick Rogers (6-3, 215).

Through the Vols' first nine games Hunter has 11 catches for 278 yards. He's averaging a whopping 25.3 yards per catch and has converted three of his 11 receptions into touchdowns.

Rogers has seven catches for 63 yards, a 9.0 average. He made his first college TD grab last Saturday night - a 22-yarder vs. Memphis.

The Vols have two other young receivers who will return for the 2011 season - 6-0, 180-pound sophomore Zach Rogers (13 catches for 202 yards, 1 TD) and 6-5, 220-pound freshman Matt Milton, who has yet to record a reception.

The thought of Hunter, Rogers and Arnett running routes on the same pass play next fall is enough to give opposing defensive coordinators the shakes.

Here's what's Scott Kennedy has to say about Arnett:

"Arnett does as good a job as any receiver in the country at getting separation through his route running. On the smallish side, Arnett can still present a big target because of his ability to elevate and contort his body in traffic to make the tough grabs. Can work on getting off of jams as he gets stronger and adds weight. Is extremely elusive after the catch and is quick in space."

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