Vols get speed to burn

John Chavis builds Tennessee's defense around speed, and he picked up some world-class building blocks over the weekend. Four of the five Vol commitments are exceptionally quick:

*Adam Myers-White, the sensational safety from Hamilton, Ohio, reportedly covers 40 yards in 4.5 seconds. That's as fast as most college cornerbacks.

*Rico McCoy, the superstar linebacker from Washington, D.C., clocks a 4.55. By linebacker standards, that's almost unheard-of.

*Eugene Hayes, Scout.com's No. 2 ranked linebacker from Madison, Fla., checks in with a 4.6 -- another mind-boggling clocking for a 'backer.

*Raymond Henderson, the pass-rushing defensive end from Oak Creek, Wisc., has run a 4.65 at 255 pounds. That's borderline obscene.

Tennessee also picked up a weekend commitment from Dan Williams, the burly two-way lineman from Memphis East. He's about a 5.2 guy but, hey, he's 300 pounds, so it's OK.

The commitments of Myers-White, McCoy, Hayes and Henderson underscore that Vol recruiters' No. 1 priority this signing season was not so much upgradin g a specific position but upgrading the team's overall speed.

Check out these earlier commitments:

Winston-Salem safety Antonio Wardlow reportedly runs a 4.4.

Antioch tailback LaMarcus Coker also runs a 4.4. Nashville wideout Austin Rogers is another 4.4 guy. *Cornerbacks Marsalous Johnson (Smyrna) and Richard Kemp (Warren, Ark.) ar e 4.5s.

*Receiver Josh Briscoe of Lawndale, N.C., clocks a 4.5.

Linebacker Todd Cox of Memphis runs a reported 4.6, which is awfully quic k for that position. * Big Jeff Cottam, 6-8 and 260 pounds, reportedly clocks a 4.75. For a guy his size, that's picking 'em up and laying 'em down.

Bottom line: If there's any truth to the old saying ''Speed kills,'' Tennessee's going to murder a lot of opponents the next four years.


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