UT slips on his list

Tennessee's delay in offering a scholarship apparently has bumped the Vols from the top of one football prospect's list.

Steven Singleton, a 6-2 1/2, 293-pound offensive line prospect from Buford (Ga.) High School, listed UT No. 1 earlier this year. He now lists a Southeastern Conference rival as his top college choice.

''Mississippi State is now my leader,'' Singleton told Matt Day of Scout.com. ''I also like LSU, South Carolina, Florida, Louisville, Maryland and Tennessee.''

Singleton seems impressed with Sylvester Croom's Bulldog staff, particularly offensive line coach J.B. Grimes.

''I really like Coach Grimes,'' Singleton said. ''He's a great offensive line coach and a very humble guy. He's down to earth and easy to talk to. I'm impressed by their entire football program.''

Singleton, whose 40-yard dash time is listed as 5.61, has received eight offers to date. The fact Tennessee is not one of them may explain the Vols' fall from grace.

''Louisville, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Florida, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee State and Memphis are the schools that I've received offers from,'' Singleton told Day, adding: ''Ever since the combine I've been getting a lot of attention.''

Tennessee will continue evaluating Singleton and perhaps make an offer at some future date. Certainly, the Vols have had success with offensive linemen from the Peach State. They signed one from Georgia each of the past two seasons -- getting Anthony Parker in 2004 and Chris Scott in 2005. Both played their prep ball at Lovejoy High. Parker is considered one of UT's brightest young line prospects, while Scott is projected as a possible first-year contributor in the blocking front.

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