UT leads for Georgian

Tennessee has surged into the lead for a versatile Georgian.

Drew Elrod is a 6-2, 180-pounder from Adairsville who projects to play safety or wide receiver in college. He covers 40 yards in 4.46 seconds. As a junior last fall he recorded 22 tackles, 3 pass breakups and 2 interceptions.

''The top 3 is Tennessee, Georgia, and Vanderbilt,'' Elrod told Ryan Jordan of TheInsiders.com. ''I like Notre Dame and Indiana after that.''

The homestate Bulldogs and the neighboring Vols are showing the most interest.

''Georgia and Tennessee are recruiting me the hardest right now,'' Elrod said. ''We went up to Tennessee for the Fresno State game last year and it was unbelievable. The atmosphere and the fans were great. I loved it.

''With Georgia, they just have great coaches. Coach Bobo and Coach Richt are real nice guys, and it would be great to play for the big time home state school.''

Florida State was Elrod's early leader but the Seminoles no longer grace his top five.

''Florida State has always been my favorite team,'' Elrod conceded. ''So far, they just haven't shown me much interest.''

Playing quarterback last season, Elrod ran for 1023 yards and passed for another 760 yards. He will attend Georgia Southern's Quarterback Camp but understands that he may not be a signal caller at the collegiate level.

''I'll play whatever position they need me too,'' he said.

Tennessee is looking for safety help after losing its top three safeties from 2003 -- Rashad Baker, Gibril Wilson and Mark Jones.

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