After losing three top linebacker prospects last week, the Tennessee Vols
will be eagerly watching Tuesday when another big-time 'backer goes public
with his pledge.
of Marlboro County High in Bennettsville, S.C., has UT in his
final three with roughly 24 hours left until his announcement.
''I will announce on Tuesday at 6:20 (p.m.) or so on local television,''
Ayers told TheInsiders.com. ''It will be South Carolina, Florida or
Tennessee. I am still working on the decision.''
Ayers is a 6-foot-4, 227-pounder with 4.5 speed. He projects to play outside
linebacker, and is ranked No. 8 nationally at that position.
Tennessee just missed on three highly touted linebacker prospects late last
week. Josh Johnson picked Georgia, Lawrence Timmons opted for Florida State
and Hugh D'Imperio committed to Michigan State.
Tennessee has three linebackers committed -- Demarcus Stevens, James Turner
and Antonio Reynolds. But Reynolds, already enrolled, has been issued a
lineman's number (90) and told he'll play defensive end.