UT Set for Linebacker Invasion

Anyone who doubts the importance Tennessee has placed on acquiring linebackers in the Class of 2004 only has to look at the visit list for the next two weeks to find eight of the nation's top 30 prospects at that position slated to be on the Hill.

However No. 12 on that elite list, Andrew Bowman, who has already visited Knoxville (Nov. 21) won't be returning to the Hill, as the Richmond, Va., senior has committed to home state Virginia Tech. At 6-1, 220, Bowman has a reputation as a striker and run stopper who could develop into a middle linebacker at the next level.

While that won't happen at Tennessee, the Vols have no shortage of prospects capable of filling that role. One is already on campus in the form of the nation's No. 14 linebacker prospect Antonio Reynolds of Hargrave Academy. Chief among those are two prospects who will be in K-town this weekend — No. 5 Brian Toal, of Don Bosco Prep School in Ramsey, N.J., No. 8 Robert Ayers of Marlboro County High in Bennettville, S.C., No. 19 Brandon Siler of Don Evans High School in Orlando, Fla. and No. 26 Jerod Mayo of Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Va. and No. 31 Hugh D'Imperio of Washington High School in Sewell, N.J.

Slated for official visits next weekend (Jan. 23) are No. 10 Lawrence Timmons of Wilson High School in Florence, S.C., No. 9 Josh Johnson of Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., and No. 20 Rodney Gallon of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla.

There is also a chance No. 23 Worrell Williams of Grant Union High School in Sacramento, Calif., may also visit Knoxville before the calendar flips to February.

That's an impressive array of defensive talent and the Vols only need a couple of these standouts to fill out what might be their best group of linebackers in any class in the last decade.

Stay tuned and IT will keep you posted.

Andrew Bowman Scout Profile
Brian Toal Scout Profile
Robert Ayers Scout Profile
Antonio Reynolds Scout Profile
Brandon Siler Scout Profile

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