Can Vols Pick off Big-Time Safety?

Adam Myers-White didn't have the senior season he had hoped for at Hamilton High School, but his recruiting season is progressing splendidly.

Rated the nation's No. 7 safety prospect, the Hamilton, Ohio, native suffered through a winless (0-10) campaign in which he contributed 55 tackles. As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound, defensive back posted 70 tackles, grabbed four interceptions and caused three fumbles against opponents that passed more often.

Hamilton's winless season hasn't done anything to dampened the enthusiasm of the long list of suitors eager to add a player of Myers-White's ability to their signing classes. Nor has it had any impact on the high regard talent scouts have for him, as was underscored by his selection to play in the U.S. Army All-American game.

Myers-White took an official visit to Knoxville for UT's game against Alabama and came away so impressed with the campus and football program that he elevated the Vols to co-leaders with the USC Trojans. He also visited UT with his father for the Florida contest.

He visits USC this weekend and just recently slated an official visit to Nebraska for Dec. 10. He took an official visit to Purdue on Oct. 15. He has offers from Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Penn State and Kentucky among others, but this is expected to come down to USC and Tennessee. Myers-White recently indicated he'd know where he'll go after his USC visit.

Fully qualified with a 3.7 GPA and a 900-plus on his SAT, Myers-White played both safety and quarterback this fall despite being slowed with a high ankle sprain. Blessed with 4.5 speed and a 6-3 frame, Myers-White could develop into a prototypical Tennessee outside linebacker or he could help solve a season-long problem at strong safety. He is rated the No. 5 overall football prospect in the state of Ohio.

Ohio State offered Myers-White a scholarship but later rescinded that offer when he wasn't ready to commit in September. That opened the door for schools outside of the Buckeye State to get involved.

It also makes UT the school that is much closer to his Ohio home than either USC or Nebraska.


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