UT chasing superstar wideout

Tennessee didn't sign any receivers on Feb. 4 but the Vols are among seven favorites listed by one of the top wideout prospects in the Signing Class of 2005.Tennessee didn't sign any receivers on Feb. 4 but the Vols are among seven favorites listed by one of the top wideout prospects in the Signing Class of 2005.

Asked by Stacey Dean of TheInsiders.com to list his favorites, Texas Hot 100 wideout Malcolm Kelly replied: ''USC, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech, Tennessee and Miami.''

The numbers the 6-4, 190-pound Kelly compiled last fall at Longview High School are imposing -- 26 catches, 826 yards and a mind-boggling 30.6 yards-per-catch average.

Here's what he had to say about the schools in his top seven:

USC: ''I like the way they throw the ball. And the way they like to get the ball to their big, huge receivers. They signed several receivers, but I know I have the potential to compete with the best. It's kind of far away from home though.''

LSU: ''The style of offense they run and they throw it enough. They don't throw it a whole lot, but I could come down there and play as a freshman. A lot of freshman played last year. They seem to play a lot of freshman every year.''

Oklahoma: ''I like the style of their offense. There's a big upside to going there. They throw the ball a lot. But Norman's not that big. Kinda want to live in a city bigger than that.''

Tennessee: ''They throw the ball a lot and I like their style of offense. They didn't recruit any wide receivers last year. And most of their receivers will be juniors and seniors next year. They play in a tough conference and have to play against the LSUs and Georgias. Plus I already got to know Coach (Pat) Washington who's recruiting me for Tennessee. He recruited my brother (Chris Butcher) when he was coaching at Baylor.''

Texas Tech: ''They throw that ball. Every play it seems like. I sort of have doubts about an offense that throws as much as they do. But it would be a lot of fun to attempt to catch a pass on nearly every play. They're mostly a passing team, I like the style of offense and they're No. 1 in the nation in passing offense.''

Miami: ''Always known for having good receivers and tight ends. And they throw the ball a lot. If they know they have a play-maker, they do a good job of getting him the ball. I also like the way they mix it up (offensively) and change up their offense. They have really nice scenery. They have these channels running through the city. It's a really nice city to live in and you're right by the ocean.''


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