IT's offensive big board

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Mario Pender
Considering:
Florida State, Tennessee, Miami (FL), West Virginia, Alabama
Position:
Running Back
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Pender is without a doubt a Florida State commitment, but Tennessee, without a full-time running backs coach was able to say enough to get him on campus for an official visit. With Jay Graham aboard and the Vols pushing hard don't count out Dooley and his staff on this five-star prospect.

Cordarrelle Patterson
Considering:
Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State
Position:
Wide Receiver
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Patterson is a player that any team in the country would make room for. He is the No. 1 JUCO player in the country and has been argued by some to be the top player in the country in 2012. Tennessee is one of a few who have gotten an official visit. It should be interesting to see if the departure of wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett affects his recruitment at all after the Vols have been considered the leader for several months. However, he has close ties to Darin Hinshaw, who is taking over for Baggett to coach the Vol wideouts.

Mike Davis
Considering:
Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Alabama, South Carolina
Position:
Running Back
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Davis, a long-time Florida Gator commitment, has re-opened his recruitment for the first time since February. He is literally considering nearly everyone who gives him a call at this point. One thing the Vols have working in their favor is their new running backs coach Jay Graham, who developed a relationship with Davis while trying to recruit him to South Carolina. Tennessee is certainly searching for an elite back this class. There is no doubt that Graham will be talking with Davis more than most over the coming months.

Beniquez Brown
Considering:
Tennessee, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Ole Miss
Position:
Athlete
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It is unsure where Brown fits in at Tennessee position-wise, but with his athletic ability there is no doubt that he is a priority for Derek Dooley and the Tennessee staff. His cousin Kivon Coman is already committed to Mississippi State, which could make things interesting. The Florence (Ala.) High School teammates have visited Rocky Top both officially and unofficially.

Sean Price
Considering:
South Florida, Tennessee, Miami (FL), Arkansas, Alabama, South Carolina
Position:
Tight End
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With Justin Meredith set to early enroll and the situation still in question, Price could be a guy you see come on strong in January or February. He is currently committed to South Florida, but Tennessee only has three tight ends on the roster and one will be a senior. They need another and Price could be the answer.

Greg Garmon
Considering:
Iowa, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Tennessee
Position:
Running Back
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There is no doubt that Iowa is out front for Garmon, but again with Jay Graham in the fold at running backs coach you never know what could happen. The Vols need an elite runner and Garmon is one of the players on the short list at Tennessee.

Justin Meredith
Considering:
Tennessee, North Carolina
Position:
Tight End
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Meredith still considers himself committed to the Tar Heels, but he could be seen on the Tennessee sidelines almost as much as the IT staff this season in Neyland Stadium. He has visited the Vols both officially and unofficially. He is waiting on the NCAA to rule on UNC's allegations, but he likely won't be able to get a ruling before he enrolls in January. He has gone silent since visiting UNC officially several weeks ago.

I'tavius Mathers
Considering:
Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Arkansas
Position:
Running Back
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Mathers is still considered an Ole Miss commitment, but with the coaching situation changing in The Grove, Mathers has admitted to opening up a little bit. Again, Tennessee's ace in the hole is running backs coach Jay Graham. Graham is a relentless recruiter and Mathers, being an in-state kid, has to be on Graham's short list to call in his first few days on campus. Don't be surprised if the Vols can get in on Mathers.

Matt Cochran
Considering:
Tennessee, Auburn, Cal, Utah, Washington
Position:
Center
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Cochran is kind of the dark horse in this Tennessee class. You didn't hear anything about him a month ago, but that is because Dooley and his staff hadn't even offered. With the Vols struggles at center this season, Cochran may be more of a priority than some believe. He just took an official visit to the Vols last weekend and is definitely intrigued by the Southeastern Conference.

Andrew Jelks
Considering:
Vanderbilt, Tennessee
Position:
Offensive Tackle
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Jelks is still considered solid to the Vanderbilt Commodores, but Tennessee is still pursing the offensive tackle. Harry Hiestand has visited with Jelks recently at the TSSAA Class 5A state championship. Tennessee hasn't given up yet and both his parents being alumni and season-ticket holders at Neyland Stadium doesn't hurt. James Franklin & Co. don't want to let this one get away, especially with the hoopla of the on-field loss in November.

Demetrius Wilson
Considering:
Tennessee, Arkansas, Boise State, Arizona State
Position:
Wide Receiver
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Wilson is a unique JUCO talent that has an offer from the Vols. He has an official visit scheduled for January. Wilson has caught 45 passes for 841 yards and 10 TDs for the Gauchos, ranking him in the top 10 in the NJCAA in receiving yards.


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