Georgia 'backer on UT's list

Tennessee's penchant for producing quality linebackers may help the Vols land another one.

Dan Foster of Early County High in Blakely, Ga., projects to be one of the South's top linebackers in the signing class of 2005. He is a 6-foot, 210-pounder with 4.55 speed, a 35-inch vertical jump and a 400-pound bench press.

''I've already got letters from Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina and Florida State,'' Foster told Dave Peters of ''My favorite schools are Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia and Clemson.''

FSU appears to be the team to beat at present.

''Florida State was my favorite school growing up,'' Foster said. ''My cousin Tay Cody played football there. I like their tradition and competition.''

The Vols are running strongly, however, and appear to have an excellent shot at landing the Peach State standout. Alas, so do the homestate Bulldogs.

''Tennessee has a tradition of great linebackers,'' he said. "Georgia is starting to build a dynasty and I really like Coach Mark Richt.''

Early County head coach Trey Wolf describes Foster as ''the total package,'' adding that he has ''strength and speed.... I would describe him as a football player.''

Defensive coordinator Kerry Morris agrees.

''He's going to be the best linebacker in the state,'' Morris said. ''Octavious Balkcom is a good one but Dan is going to be a lot better.''

Foster recorded nearly 80 tackles as a junior last fall.

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