Wideout finds UT peachy

An electrifying receiver who averaged nearly 30 yards per catch last fall ranks Tennessee No. 1 on his list of preferred colleges.

Ridge Corbin is a 6-2, 195-pounder from Stone Mountain (Ga.) High School who covers 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. Playing in a wing-T offense, he caught just seven passes last season but converted these into 191 yards, a whopping 27.3 yards-per-catch average.

Corbin recently told Ryan Jordan of TheInsiders.com that his five favorites are ''Tennessee, Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Georgia, and North Carolina State.''

And the early leader is the Big Orange.

''Tennessee is my favorite,'' Corbin said. ''I like their program. I've been looking at some things about them, and I think it's a great opportunity for me and somewhere I could learn a lot. I don't want to redshirt my freshman year, and Tennessee doesn't have a lot of folks.''

Ridge plans to make an unofficial visit to Knoxville this weekend for the Orange & White spring game. What will he be looking for?

''I'm going to be watching the coaches and the players at my position,'' he said. ''See how they do things.''

Asked what matters most in his decision, Corbin replied: ''I want a good program where everyone has equal opportunities.''

Tennessee once was known as ''Wide Receiver U'' because of a string of pass-catching stars that included Willie Gault, Anthony Hancock, Anthony Miller, Carl Pickens, Alvin Harper, Thomas Woods and Anthony Morgan. Corbin believes he might help lead the Vols into another Golden Age of receiving talent.

''I'm a big time player,'' he said. ''I'm also a good leader.''


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