Vols hit Vigor with vigor

Tennessee already has one quality cornerback from Alabama (rising junior Jason Allen), and the Vols are chasing another.

Ellis Lankster is a 5-10, 185-pounder from Vigor High School of Prichard, Ala. Lankster covers 40 yards in 4.45 seconds and has the skills to be a cover corner in college. That has the Vols interested, along with many other schools.

''I have offers from Florida, Auburn, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Southern Miss," Lankster told Andrew Bone of TheInsiders.com.

Three schools stand above the rest at present.

''I really like Florida, Auburn and Kentucky,'' Lankster said.

He added that he likes Auburn because the Tigers have ''a really good program and a good football team.''

He likes Florida because it ''doesn't lose much and I really would like to win a championship.''

Why Kentucky?

''My dad is a fan,'' he said, ''and I started liking them.''

Lankster is versatile enough that he has played cornerback, safety and running back. He also punts, returns kickoffs and returns punts. He was Vigor's second-string tailback his junior year but will be the No. 1 tailback and No. 1 cornerback his senior season.

''I was awarded Defensive Player of the Week during the play-offs,'' he recalled. ''In that game, I recorded 12 tackles, one fumble recovery and an interception return for 88 yards.''

Aaked about his strongest asset, he replied: ''My quickness. I run a 4.4, and I am really quick. I have good awareness. My coach says I have really quick feet.''

Although Tennessee isn't among his top three schools at present, Lankster plans to camp at Knoxville this summer. No doubt UT's coaches will use the visit to determine how he'd look in an orange jersey.


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