Missouri RB interested in Vols?

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The search to add a third running back to the Tennessee 2014 signing class continues.

The Volunteers staff reached out earlier this month to Scout three-star prospect and the No. 70 back in the country, Trevon Walters.

"I was very surprised," Walters told InsideTennessee. "The running backs coach (Robert Gillespie) had wrote me on Facebook and was like 'Let's talk soon,' or whatever and that was it and like we never spoke again after that. Then, it was the national championship game and that's when they offered me. I was shocked. I never told nobody. I just put it out there."

The 5-foot-11, 194-pounder says "yes, I am" firmly committed to Missouri right now and plans on signing with the Tigers on Feb. 5.

He has already taken visits to both Minnesota and Missouri. No plan is in place presently for a trip to Rocky Top.

The Volunteers graduated Rajion Neal from the starting running back spot following the 2013 season and have next to no experience in the backfield aside from Marlin Lane returning for 2014. The thin stable got thinner with the transfer of Tom Smith.

"No, he hasn't," Walters said of depth chart being brought to his attention by Gillespie. "When he offered me he was just talking about getting me up there on a visit. But, he said he's going to get back with me on that. But, he hasn't gotten back with me."

Tennessee just enrolled former Scout four-star Jalen Hurd and have three-star Treyvon Paulk on the commit list. However, both suffered season-ending injuries their final prep year and the Vols staff would like to add a pass-catching element to the backfield.

As a senior at Manatee (Fla.) High School, Walters ran for 1,603 yards and 13 touchdowns on 201 attempts.

In his prep career, he trucked for 2,722 yards and 29 scores. He also caught 43 balls for 567 yards and 54 TDs.

"That was my junior year when I caught a lot of passes and we ran a lot of shovel passes. I'm a full-time running back though," he said. "I can catch screen passes out of the backfield."

The Missouri backfield took something of a hit this month as Henry Josey declared for the NFL Draft.

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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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