Vols lead for versatile back

Tennessee is leading for one of the South's most versatile football prospects.

Derek Pegues of South Panola High in Batesville, Miss., is a 5-11, 190-pounder with 4.5 speed. Playing quarterback, he rushed for 1500 yards and passed for another 1100 last fall, accounting for 44 touchdowns.

Both Southeastern Conference schools from his home state have offered scholarships but Pegues continues to list UT as his leader.

''Mississippi State and Ole Miss have offered me scholarships,'' Pegues told Scott Kennedy of TheInsiders.com. ''I was invited to go to spring games at State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Auburn. Auburn and Notre Dame have really stepped up their recruiting. I get two or three hand written letters a week from them right now.

''Tennessee is a slight leader right now though.''

At 5-11, Pegues is unlikely to play quarterback in college. With his athleticism, he probably will move to tailback, wide receiver or cornerback.

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