Signing Day 2005: Running Tally of New Vols

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JONATHAN CROMPTON

BIO: 6-foot-4, 218 pounds, 4.90, quarterback/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 3/ Tuscola High School, Waynesville, N.C./ Parade All-American, U.S. Army All-American.

SCOUTING REPORT: Probably the best known prospect in the Class of 2005 by Big Orange fans, Crompton has been the subject of discussions since signing day 2004. Many wondered if his commitment would hold since UT started two freshmen quarterbacks in 2004. He not only kept his pledge but also was one of the Vols best recruiters, encouraging players from across the country to join Tennessee's No. 1 rated recruiting class. As a senior the five-star prospect threw for over 2,300 yards and 23 TDs vs. only five interceptions. He rushed for another 500 yards. He played safety on defense and recorded 132 tackles. A national scholar athlete with a 3.5 GPA, Crompton is a natural leader and superb QB. He was impressive during workouts in San Antonio, displaying a very strong arm and good movement in the pocket. Crompton chose Tennessee over offers from Miami, LSU, Georgia, Michigan, Virginia and North Carolina State.

AUSTIN ROGERS

BIO: 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, 4.55, wide receiver, safety/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 89/ Nashville, Tenn., David Lipscomb Campus School.

SCOUTING REPORT: Rogers could be the biggest sleeper in UT's Class of 2005 or the biggest reach. He has good size to go with surprising speed and leaping ability. Played several positions at David Lipscomb where he was a two-way starter. He surpassed the century mark for receiving yards five times as a junior, finishing with 1,180 yards and 18 touchdowns in only 32 catches. In four contests, Rogers broke the 100-yard barrier with just two receptions. Talk about big plays: Seven of his touchdown receptions were for better than 50 yards and his 37-yard per catch average is nothing short of mind boggling, particularly for a program that prefers pounding it out to airing it out. He also ran the ball 15 times for 250 yards. He will get a look at receiver first for UT. Rogers chose Tennessee over offers from Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

JEFF COTTAM

BIO: 6-foot-7, 255 pounds, 4.75, tight end/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 13/ Germantown, Tenn., Germantown High School/ Tennessee's Class 5A Mr. Football.

SCOUTING REPORT: Cottam joins brother Brad in Tennessee's tight end rotation and brings excellent credentials including size, speed and pass-catching ability. A two-way starter, Cottam led Germantown to a 10-4 record with 80 tackles at defensive end with seven sacks, He had 15 catches for 200 plus yards. Although he didn't get many footballs thrown his way he showed he could catch the ball when it was thrown to him. He's also an excellent blocker who can take on linebackers, a skill that will help him earn playing time at Tennessee. Cottam chose UT over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi and Notre Dame.

ANDRE MATHIS

BIO: 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, 4.60, linebacker/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 18/ Erie, Pa., Cathedral Prepatory School/ Pennsylvania All-State performer.

SCOUTING REPORT: A four-star prospect with big-time potential, Mathis posted 85 tackles as a senior including 24 for losses, three sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Led his team with 88 tackles as a junior despite missing two games. Mathis appears to be an ideal candidate to play middle linebacker at UT and will get a chance to earn playing time behind Kevin Simon and Marvin Mitchell. He reads plays well, closes quickly and and finishes with authority. Mathis chose Tennessee over offers from Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State.

RAYMOND HENDERSON

BIO: 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, 4.65, defensive end/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 4/ Milwaukee, Wis., Oak Creek High School/ U.S. Army All American.

SCOUTING REPORT: The player known as "Game Time" brings a lot of heat from his defensive end position. A two-year starter at Milwaukee Vincent High School before transferring to Oak Creek, Henderson recorded 104 tackles, 19 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss as a junior. He followed with an 83 tackles and 14 sacks in 2004 as Oak Creek finished 8-3. Henderson competes with passion and chases down a lot of plays from behind. Could impact Tennessee's depth chart next fall at defensive end and may develop into a tackle by the time he stops growing. His brother plays defensive back at Northern Iowa. He chose Tennessee over offers from Nebraska, LSU and UCLA.

SLICK SHELLEY

BIO: 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, 4.55, wide receiver/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 20/ Fort Smith, Ark. Southside High School/ U.S. Army All-American.

SCOUTING REPORT: A precision route runner who gets into and out of his cuts quickly and can find the soft spot in the zone. Shelley has good hands and the size to create mismatches. He burst out of the game as sophomore catching 56 passes for 1,019 yards and 15 touchdowns to help lead the Rebels to the Class-5A state title. As a junior he nabbed 62 aerials for 873 yards an 16 TDs and also returned 21 kickoffs for 611 yards (an average of 29.1 per return) and another score. Faced double coverage in a rebuilding season as a senior but caught a career-high 74 passes for 860 yards and eight TDs in only eight games. The prospect who needs no nickname has plenty of game and proven production under pressure. Caught four passes for 37 yards and a touchdown in U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Chose UT over LSU and others.

JOSH McNEIL

BIO: 6-foot-4, 290 pounds, 5.10, center/Scout.com Ranking: No. 11 offensive lineman, No. 1 center/ Collins, Miss, Collins High School/U.S. Army All-American.

SCOUTING REPORT: One of the best pure centers UT has signed since All-American Bob Johnson, McNeil was a four-year starter at center for Collins and never allowed a single sack in his high school career. He had 116 pancake blocks as a junior and added another 90-plus as a senior to go with a 95 percent blocking grade. An excellent student with a 3.8 GPA, his brother Chris is the starting center at Mississippi State. An advanced student of the game, McNeil proved he deserved his No. 1 ranking in the Army All-American Bowl where he got the better of the best defensive linemen in the Class of 2005. He bench presses nearly 400 pounds and won't turn 18 until March 5. He chose Tennessee over offers from Florida, LSU, Mississippi State and USC.

CHRIS SCOTT

BIO: 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, 5.30, offensive lineman/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 9/ Lovejoy, Georgia, Lovejoy High School/ U.S. Army All-American.

SCOUTING REPORT: A big, physical specimen with long arms and quick feet, Scott has the potential to become a stellar collegiate tackle. Played guard in the same line as Tennessee redshirt freshman Anthony Parker, Scott bench presses 375 and power cleans 290. He has good technique and is a quality student who plans to study engineering at UT. Scott has a chance to contend for playing time as a true freshman or he may redshirt and contend for a starting job in his season season. He chose Tennessee over offers from Florida, LSU and Georgia.

DEMONTE BOLDEN--Already Enrolled

BIO: 6-foot-4, 295 pounds, 4.90, defensive tackle/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 27/ Chatham, Va., Hargrave Military Academy.

SCOUTING REPORT: After being signed as one of the prizes in UT's 2004 class, Bolden spent a season at Hargrave shoring up his academics and is currently enrolled at Tennessee. Originally from Tyner High School in Chattanooga, Bolden recorded 140 tackles with 14 sacks and 28 tackles behind the line of scrimmage last season. Regarded as one of the nation's best D-linemen in 2004, Bolden is in position to earn early playing time after completing UT's offseason conditioning program and spring practice. His potential is outstanding and his impact could be significant. He chose Tennessee over offers from Georgia, Alabama and Auburn.

JOSH BRISCOE--Already enrolled SCOUTING REPORT: Briscoe caught 48 passes for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns as senior. On defense he picked off four passes, returning one for a touchdown, and took two punts the distance. He had 44 catches for 726 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior. An outstanding student, Briscoe carried a 3.9 GPA through high school and entered Tennessee early. Has good speed and an impressive 37-inch vertical leap. He positions himself well to grab passes but needs to add size and strength to realize his high ceiling in college. Briscoe chose Tennessee over offers from Georgia, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland and North Carolina State.

LaMARCUS COKER

BIO: 5-foot-11, 195 pounds, 4.40, tailback/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 7, Antioch, Tenn., Antioch High School, All-State performer.

SCOUTING REPORT: Blessed with blazing speed this 100-meter state sprint champion is a home run hitter at tailback. He rushed for 1,293 yards in 189 carries as a junior. Unfortunately, he lost most of his senior campaign to a hamstring tear and finished with 450 yards and seven touchdowns in 32 carries. This five-star prospect could factor into the tailback rotation immediately where he would complement the power running of Gerald Riggs. Coker committed to Tennessee a week after national signing day 2004. He resisted offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn and Florida.

GERALD WILLIAMS

BIO: 6-foot-4, 255 pounds, 4.80, linebacker, defensive end/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 20 (linebacker)/ Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., Boyd H. Anderson High School.

SCOUTING REPORT: Another blue chip prospect from talent rich Florida to declare for the Vols, Williams amassed 132 tackles at a middle linebacker as a junior and followed that with 135-tackle total as a senior. He had 15 stops behind the line of scrimmage including nine sacks and intercepted three passes. The four-star prospect has great potential to go with production. Williams future at UT will likely be as a pass rushing defensive end where his height, 31-inch vertical, explosiveness off the ball and tenacity will serve him well. He originally committed to Florida and also entertained offers from LSU, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Auburn and Arizona State before pulling the signing day surprise for Tennessee.

VLADIMIR RICHARD

BIO: 6-foot-4, 265, 4.80, defensive tackle/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 24/ Sunrise, Fla., Piper High School. Named to play in the Florida-California All-Star Game.

SCOUTING REPORT: Comes to Tennessee in one of those rare package deals that remains intact on national signing day. Long a soft commitment to Florida with friend Gerald Williams, Richard fell to the Vols. He brings an impressive game that includes quickness, balance and strength. Williams can be a one-man wrecking crew and his mobility will provide pressure up the middle as he makes the conversion to defensive tackle. Had over 100 tackles as a junior and followed up with an outstanding senior campaign. His defection from Florida makes Williams a huge pickup for Tennessee. He also considered offers from Georgia, Auburn, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State.

MONTARIO HARDESTY

BIO: 6-foot-0, 196 pounds, 4.5, running back, defensive back/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 18 (cornerback)/ New Bern, N.C., New Bern High School. Named to Carolina Shrine Bowl

SCOUTING REPORT: Versatility is Hardesty's strong suit as he could become a starter on either side of the football at the next level. He'll be given a long look at running back for the Vols and could compete for reps as a freshman. He compiled 2,050 yards as a junior with 19 touchdowns in 256 carries to go with 12 receptions for 304 yards and three TDs. As a senior he led New Bern to a 13-2 record, running for 2,300 yards and 28 touchdowns in 280 carries. He added 350 yards in receptions and another three scores. Hardesty returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2004 as well. He has superior speed and strength. He has clocked a 10.36 in the 100 meters and he bench presses 335 pounds with a 475-pound squat and 37-inch vertical leap. The four-star prospect made a commitment to North Carolina last month but some persistent work, which included a nine hour, 59-minute in-home visit, by Tennessee assistant Trooper Taylor turned Hardesty to the Vols. He also considered offers from Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, North Carolina State and South Carolina.

MARSALOUS JOHNSON

BIO: 5-foot-9, 185, 4.50, cornerback/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 33/ Smyrna, Tenn., Smyrna High School/ All-State performer.

SCOUTING REPORT: Vols got an early commitment from Johnson and saw his stock steadily rise during a standout senior season. He rushed for over 1,400 yards but projects as a cover corner for Tennessee where his quick feet and ability to change directions can be put to maximum use. Johnson chose Tennessee over offers from Mississippi State and Wake Forest among others.

DEMETRICE MORLEY

BIO: 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, 4.55, defensive back/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 1 cornerback/ Miami, Fla., Killian High School/ Parade All-American, U.S. Army All-American, U.S.A. Today All-American.

SCOUTING REPORT: They simply don't get better than this. Morley is an amazing cover corner who can also excel at safety. Originally committed to Florida before switching to Tennessee after the Gators coaching change, Morley may turn out to be UT's biggest pickup in a stellar class. He addresses an immediate need in the secondary and figures to play early. He intercepted nine passes as a junior to lead Killian to a state title. Followed with 58 tackles, nine interceptions, three caused fumbles and two recoveries as a senior. Morley plays with great instincts and closing speed, and he hits like a ton of bricks. He chose Tennessee over offers from virtually everyone including: Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and North Carolina State.

RICHARD KEMP

BIO: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds, 4.50, cornerback/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 53/ Warren, Ark., Warren High School, Class 3A All-State.

SCOUTING REPORT: Kemp committed to Tennessee back in July joining former high school teammates Bret Smith and RoShaun Fellows. A standout player for a very successful football program, Kemp rushed for over 1,500 yards as a junior before moving to wide receiver for much of his senior season. He will be given a close look at cornerback by the Vols. He is also an all-conference basketball player and all-state track performer. He was recruited heavily by Arkansas, but held steady under heavy pressure to change his mind.

RICO McCOY

BIO: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, 4.55, outside linebacker/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 7/ Washington, D.C., St. John's College High School/ U.S. Army All-American. First team All-Metro

SCOUTING REPORT: A premiere linebacker who shot up the charts as a senior after recording 118 tackles, seven sacks, eight tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and eight touchdowns on offense. As a junior at St. John's, McCoy posted over 120 tackles with six sacks and six touchdowns as a running back. One of the most physical hitters in San Antonio, Texas, McCoy is destined to become a fan favorite with his intense effort and spirited play. Should be a standout on special teams as a freshman while working into PT at outside linebacker. McCoy chose Tennessee over Ohio State, Miami, Pittsburgh and North Carolina.

ADAM MYERS-WHITE

BIO: 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, 4.50, safety/Scout.com Ranking: No. 19/Hamilton, Ohio, Hamilton High School/ U.S. Army All American.

SCOUTING REPORT: Myers-White aka "A-Train" saw his stock take a dive from the nation's No. 7 safety to No. 19 in the latest Scout.com rankings, but he's an outstanding athlete, who has the frame to play either safety or linebacker, plus he showed the ability to cover receivers one-on-one in San Antonio. He's solid fundamentally and plays under control. Myers-White recorded 55 tackles in a difficult senior campaign for winless Hamilton (0-10). As a junior he recorded 70 tackles with four interceptions and three forced fumbles. With his 4.5 speed and physical style Meyers-White looks to be a natural outside linebacker in Tennessee's scheme. He chose Tennessee from an impressive list of finalists that included: USC, Florida, Nebraska and Purdue.

DAN WILLIAMS

BIO: 6-foot-2, 320 pounds, 5.15, offensive lineman/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 57/ Memphis, Tenn., Memphis East High School/Named to Commercial Appeal's All-Metro and Elite Teams. Also named to AP All-State team.

SCOUTING REPORT: Williams was a force for East in the trenches, posting 85 tackles, five sacks, four recovered fumbles and four forced fumbles as a junior. He improved those numbers last fall with a remarkable 132 tackles, including 88 solo stops for 6-5 East. He can play on either side of the line but will probably earn a look on offense first for Tennessee. Williams chose Tennessee over offers from Auburn, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Oklahoma State.

MALCOLM RAWLS

BIO: 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, 5.10, offensive lineman/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 55/ Memphis, Tenn., East High School. AP All-State performer.

SCOUTING REPORT: Blessed with a big frame and potential, Rawls allowed only one sack in three years as a starter at East where he played with UT signee Dan Williams. Has the build and mobility to play tackle, but will need to add strength. A superb student with a perfect 4.0 GPA and a tremendous 27 score on his ACT, Rawls chose Tennessee over offers from Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Stanford.

TODD COX

BIO: 6-foot-1, 190, 4.60, linebacker/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 34/ Harding Academy, Memphis, Tenn./ Preseason All-American.

SCOUTING REPORT: A versatile athlete who could probably play safety, linebacker, wide receiver or running back at the next level, Cox projects as a safety at UT until he adds the bulk to move to linebacker. He gained 950 yards rushing and scored 11 touchdowns as a junior in only 80 carries. The four-star prospect had 10 sacks as a senior although his stock took a dip from the nation's No. 7 linebacker early to No. 34 in Scout.com's latest rankings. Cox has a reputation as a big hitter with great instincts. He chose Tennessee over offers from Florida, LSU, Mississippi, Miami and USC.

DARIUS MYERS

BIO: 6-foot-5, 328 pounds, 5.19, offensive lineman/ Scout.com Ranking: Non-ranked/ Memphis, Tenn., Cordova High School/MVP for Region 7 (5A).

SCOUTING REPORT: Rated No. 6 among most wanted prospects in the Memphis area, Myers had a standout senior year in which he recorded 104 pancake blocks at offensive guard for Cordova. Has excellent mobility and good strength. Bench presses 325 pounds, squats 500 and has an impressive 28-inch vertical leap. A good late pick up for the Vols, Myers has great size and upside. He chose Tennessee over offers from Mississippi, Memphis, Auburn, Arkansas and Mississippi State.

LUCAS TAYLOR

BIO: 5-foot-11, 179, 4.50, receiver/defensive back/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 24 (cornerback)/ Lafayette, La., Carencro High School.

SCOUTING REPORT: There's a lot to like about Lucas Taylor beginning with some incredible numbers he posted at Carencro High School, highlighted by a state single game rushing record of 539 yards. During his record night, which came in a 53-42 defeat, Taylor scored six touchdowns on runs of 77, 13, 62, 24, 66 and 74 yards as an option quarterback. Finished his senior season with 1,624 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns while throwing for 550 yards and five TDs. As a junior he dazzled opponents for 1,624 yards and 13 touchdowns and added 1,520 yards and 16 scores through the air. Could play either receiver or cornerback at Tennessee and is a standout special teams player who returned a kickoff and punt for touchdowns last fall. Taylor chose Tennessee over Auburn, Mississippi and Oklahoma State.

WES BROWN

BIO: 6-foot-4, 254 pounds, 4.90, defensive lineman/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 23 (offensive lineman)/ Athens, Ala., Athens High School.

SCOUTING REPORT: A four-star prospect who could play in the offensive or defensive line, Brown will likely see duty on UT's D-line first. He recorded 70 tackles with 12 sacks as a senior and made 24 stops behind the line of scrimmage as a junior. Quick off the ball and sound of fundamentals, Brown could play defensive end at Tennessee or add weight and move to tackle. If he is moved to the O-line he will likely redshirt as a freshman while adding bulk and strength. The recruitment of Brown was intense but Tennessee managed to hold off the competition since he committed back in July. He also had offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and LSU.

ANTONIO WARDLOW

BIO: 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, 4.45, safety, running back/ Scout.com Ranking: No. 31/ Winston-Salem, N.C., Parkland High School.

SCOUTING REPORT: Wardlow opened some eyes in his junior season with 85 stops, nine interceptions and six pass breakups. Helped lead Parkland into the state playoffs as a senior playing both free safety and wing back. Has demonstrated big-play ability throughout his career and his upside is excellent. Has versatility to help Vols at several positions. Wardlow chose Tennessee over offers from Clemson, Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

ULYSSES ALEXANDER

BIO: 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, 4.60, wide receiver/ Scout.com Ranking: non-rated/ Miami, Fla., Northwestern High School.

SCOUTING REPORT: A signing day surprise who has the size and potential to help answer UT's receiving needs over the next three seasons. The prospect with the name that sounds like a Greek god is a sleeper from the Sunshine State who raises UT's total of Florida signees to four. Reportedly, quick off the line with soft hands and the ability to go up and bring down the football, Alexander lacks outstanding speed but makes up for it with his height and concentration. May have been overlooked after missing most of his junior season with a groin injury, Alexander was hoping for a Division I scholarship offer and wakes up to find himself part of the nation's No. 1 recruiting class at Tennessee. He was also recruited by Iowa, Kansas State and Oklahoma State although it's uncertain if he was offered by any of those schools.


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