Class of 2011 Offensive Grades

Today we take a look at the 2011 Recruiting Class offensive prospects and give each position our grade. Go "Inside" and see if you agree with our grades.

While everyone wants to grade Derek Dooley's 2011 recruiting class, the Tennessee Head Coach would be the first to admit that its truly a work in progress.

Giving early ratings are fun to do, but it's what Dooley and his staff does with this class over the next three to five years that will truly be the defining moment for these young prospects.

"Once you have them on campus it will be our job to develop and train them," Dooley said in an earlier interview. "Player development is vital, teaching these young men what we want and what we expect from them is just the beginning process."

Dooley and his staff turned in a No. 11 rated class by, the highest ranking of any of the recruiting services.

We at realizes it's really early to give this class a grade, but of course we will. Here is what we are looking for and what we are grading on. Each position will be graded on talent, how much need was met at the position and the overall potential of the group.


The Vols picked up only one signal caller here, but the one they got is special. Justin Worley of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina was named Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Worley was a three year starter for Northwestern, leading his team to an undefeated season this past fall and a state championship.

While there are some who say that Worley is a system quarterback etc, he broke every passing record in his home state and is expected to push true freshman Tyler Bray in spring football at Rocky Top in a few weeks.

Grade: B+


WIth the exodus of David Oku, picking up at least one back was critical and the need for two was very evident.

Dooley and staff did a great job here picking up two quality backs in Tom Smith and Marlin Lane

Lane, a four star back and longtime Clemson commitment is one of the jewels of this class. Smith is going to be a blue collar type, but his work ethic will keep him in the mix.

Grade: A


This is a group that is already loaded with a lot of talent. They lose two guys in Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore, they replaced those two with DeAnthony Arnett and Vincent Dallas. Expect Arnett to have a much bigger career at UT than the two mentioned above.

Grade: A


WIth the loss of Luke Stocker to graduation, he will leave big shoes to fill. The Vols signed two solid prospects in Memphis' Cameron Clear and Tennessee High School athlete Brendan Downs.

Speaking of filling big shoes, Clear is listed at 6-foot-6, 265-pounds, he is definitely capable of filling this role.

Grade: A-


It was a little surprising for the Vols to pull such a class with so many young linemen already on this squad. What was once thought of as a major weakness on this team is going to become a major strength.

The Vols signed five linemen in this class, with two four star guys. This is probably the most talented group overall that Dooley and staff pulled in.

Tennessee signed Antonio Richardson, Kyler Kerbyson, Marcus Jackson, Alan Posey and Mack Crowder.

Grade: A+

This is the offensive grades, we Will Do the defensive grades in Part 2.

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