Top CB Chooses N.C. Over UT

In the ever evolving world of recruiting, change is the only constant and the status quo is mutability. In keeping with that concept, commitments are only as good as the paper they're not written on and expecting a prospect to keep a scheduled visit is like being on standby at the airport.

With that qualifier out of the way, it's no surprise to learn that two days before a scheduled visit to UT's campus the nation's No. 9 rated cornerback, Trimane Goddard, has committed to home state North Carolina. Goodard, 5-10, 170, 4.4 had a standout season at Roanoke High School in Roberson, N.C.

As a junior he rushed for 1,857 yards, passed for 800 yards and accounted for 39 touchdowns. He also started on defense where he recorded 124 tackles and six interceptions. His versatility led to schools recruiting him at four different positions. He was highest rated cornerback left on Tennessee's board.

UT's attention will now turn to No. 10 cornerback Michael Grant of Stone Mountain, Ga. The 5-11, 175-pound Grant runs a 4.4 in the 40 and is one of the nation's best sprinters at 200 meters. The Vols track program is known to be a strong attraction but Georgia is his leader and one of his Stephenson High School teammates recently committed to continue his track career in Athens. Grant is scheduled to be in Knoxville Jan. 23.

Cornerback is a need position for the Vols in this class and UT coaches are hoping to sign a couple of prospects that can impact the position. The Insider's No. 21 rated cornerback, Tony Carter, 5-10, 145, 4.37, is still considering the Vols and may visit this weekend.

Of course, like everything else in recruiting, that's always subject to change.

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