Vols Host Prodigious Prospects

Tennessee is hosting some super-sized visitors this weekend that won't be wearing gold helmets but will be walking the red carpet.

The biggest of the big — both in terms of size and rank — is Michael Oher, the 6-foot-5, 330-pound offensive lineman from Memphis Briarcrest Christian School. Oher, a five-star prospect, is rated the nation's No. 4 O-linemen by Scout.com. He is one of four five-star prospects in the Volunteer State this year and a high priority target for UT. Oher has visited North Carolina State, Ole Miss and LSU. He is slated to take his last official visit to Alabama on Nov. 19. He's expected to choose between LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Another highly regarded offensive lineman set to be on campus for the Notre Dame contest is Chris Scott, 6-4, 315, of Lovejoy High School in Georgia, the same school that produced UT's redshirt freshmen OL Anthony Parker. Scott is rated the nation's No. 9 offensive linemen by Scout.com. Named recently to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Scott bench presses 355 pounds and runs a 5.3 time in the 40. He made an unofficial visit to Knoxville for the Florida game and decided to return for his first official visit. He is also scheduled to visit Georgia (Nov. 16), LSU (Dec. 3), Nebraska (Dec. 10) and Florida (Jan. 21).

"I want to see more of the campus, get a feel for it," Scott told Chad Simmons of Scout.com when asked about his UT visit. "I also want to talk to the academic counselors and learn more about their engineering program. I will also get a chance to talk more to the coaches as well. I am looking forward to all that."

The third O-line prospect scheduled to visit UT for the Notre Dame contest is Chris DeGeare, 6-4, 320, 5.00, out of R.B. Glenn High School in Kernersville, N.C. The rising sleeper is a three-star prospect who is being recruited by Wake Forest, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Clemson in addition to Tennessee. He took an official visit to Wake Forest last week and has since committed to the Demon Deacons. He planned to cancel the trip to Knoxville but is reportedly reconsidering. Tennessee is also expecting an official visit from Vladimir Richard, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman from Piper High School in Sunrise, Fla. A four-star prospect who is rated the nation's No. 18 defensive end by Scout.com, Richard committed to Florida last month but has decided to reopen the process in light of the impending coaching change in Gainesville. Blessed with outstanding quickness and 4.8 speed, Richard could develop into a defensive tackle or a strong side defensive end. He is also looking at Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina State and Ohio State.

"They're doing well right now," Richard told Ryan Jordan of Scout.com. "I see that they are recruiting Florida guys like Brent Schaeffer. I feel I could go up there and excel."

Last month Tennessee picked off another former Gator commitment in cornerback Demetric Morley out of Miami, who is rated the nation's No. 4 safety. The Vols have also contacted Gator commitments Gerald Williams, Avery Atkins and Louis Murphy with offers of official visits. The Vols are also interested in prospect Bryan Evans who is being recruited by Florida but is not committed.

• Williams is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker rated No. 21 in the country by Scout.com. The four-star prospect is from Boyd H. Anderson High School in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. He recently declared himself to be "65 percent" committed to the Gators. He recorded 132 tackles and six sacks as a junior.

• Atkins, 5-11, 185, 4.45, is a two-way star at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla. The five-star prospect is rated the nation's No. 4 cornerback but is also playing tailback as a senior and could play either position at the next level.

• Murphy, 6-3, 180, is out of Lakewood High School in Saint Petersburg, Fla., and rated the nation's No. 35 wide receiver. He has been offered by Maryland, Duke, Iowa and Louisville.

• Evans, 5-11, 177, 4.45, hails from Edward H. White High School in Jacksonville, Fla., and is rated the nation's No. 5 cover corner. He is considering offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU, Georgia and Tennessee. Evans had five interceptions as a junior and returned four kickoffs for touchdowns. He also rushed for 732 yards and 15 touchdowns in just 66 carries.


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