UT Entertains Big Ten Trio

In addition to tangling with rival Alabama on Saturday, the Vols will entertain a talented trio of prospects from Big Ten territory, topped by the nation's No. 3 ranked offensive line prospect Dace Richardson of Wheaton, Ill.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Richardson plays for Warrenville South High School but is originally from Woodland Hills, Calif. Known for his aggressive play and five-flat speed, he has the long arms and quick feet that are in such demand at weak-side tackle.

The athletic Richardson reports a 300-pound bench press, a 400-pound squat and 24-inch vertical jump. He didn't begin playing football until his sophomore season which portends a high ceiling in terms of his potential. Tennessee will be his first official visit although he attended last weekend's Iowa-Ohio State contest in Iowa City. He has an official visit to Iowa planned for Dec. 10 and will use one of his official visits to go to USC while Oklahoma, Michigan and Wisconsin will vie for his other two visits.

"I'm real aggressive and I just like knocking people down," he told a source for Scout.com. "I have a defensive mentality of playing offensive line. Most O-linemen aren't as aggressive as me. I didn't play football as a frosh, so I was late to start lifting. I want to get stronger. I also want to improve my footwork and agility."

In addition to Richardson, the Vols will host his high school teammate Tony Moeaki, who is rated the nation's No. 3 tight end prospect by Scout.com. Listed at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds with a 4.70 speed, Moeaki had 23 receptions for 405 yards and four touchdowns as a junior and had 11 catches for 240 yards and four touchdowns through seven games of his senior campaign. He reports a 290-pound bench press with a 30-inch vertical leap. He is fully qualified with a 2.5 GPA and a 21 score on his ACT. He has taken unofficial visits to Notre Dame and Oregon and an official visit to BYU (9-17). He will take his official visit to Iowa with Richardson. He's also considering trips to UCLA, Nebraska, Penn State and USC.

"I run good routes and I catch the ball good," Moeaki told a source for Scout.com. "I'm also a good blocker and I'm real versatile. I want to improve my knowledge of the game and work on my strength and quickness."

The third member of the visiting Big Ten trio is No. 6 rated defensive end, Raymond Henderson, who is a four-year high school starter. He started two seasons for Milwaukee Vincent before transferring to Oak Creek High School in Oak Creek, Wis. As a junior, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end amassed 104 tackles with 19 sacks and another 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recorded 65 tackles with 11 sacks through six games in 2004.

"Tennessee one of my favorites," Henderson told Scout.com's Chris Pool. "I'm going to take an official to Tennessee on October 23rd when they play Alabama. I've been talking to coach (Greg) Atkins about getting everything finalized for that visit."

The four-star prospect runs a 4.55 time in the 40 and has a 3.4 GPA. He visited LSU on Sept. 25 and is also interested in Iowa, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State and USC. Like Richardson, Henderson has a teammate the Vols are recruiting in Travis Beckum, who is the nation's No. 7 rated defensive end prospect. Beckum, 6-5, 222, 4.50, has yet to set any official visits but could decide to accompany Henderson to Knoxville this weekend.

Tennessee's official visitors list could be expanded as the week unfolds. Another Big Ten area prospect known to be considering a visit this weekend is offensive lineman Rafael Eubanks, 6-3, 290, of Saint Paul, Minn. Eubanks is the nation's No. 17 rated O-line prospect. Another O-linemen who might be on hand this weekend is James Stigall of Blue Springs, Mo.

On the subject of offensive linemen, Tennessee has secured an official visit from Michael Oher of Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis. Oher, 6-6, 330, is rated the nation's No. 4 prospect at his position and is one of four five-star prospects in the state this year. He plans to be in Knoxville the weekend of the Notre Dame game on Nov. 5. He took an official visit to Ole Miss last week for the Rebels' game against UT.

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