Report: Holbert to pick UT

According to a report in today's editions of The Tennessean, one of the state's top football prospects will commit to the UT Vols later today.

Brentwood fullback David Holbert (6-1, 235) has narrowed his college options to the Vols and the Gators. He'll publicly announce his pick during a 1:40 news conference today at his school.

However, The Tennessean reported this morning that Holbert already gave a private commitment to UT, and offered a quote from him which supports this scenario.

''Trooper Taylor (new Vol running backs coach), was a big factor in my decision,'' Foster told The Tennessean. ''And I also felt like the offense fit what I do best, and that is cut back and use my vision.''

With two-year starter Troy Fleming out of eligibility, Tennessee is in desperate need of a young fullback to groom. Two of UT's reserve fullbacks (Aaron Kirkland and Ruben Mayes) left the program last season, so the Vols have just one scholarship fullback currently on the roster -- converted linebacker Will Revill.

Assuming Holbert follows through and picks Tennessee, he projects to split time with Revill in 2004.

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