Two signees can't enroll

Due to academic concerns, two of UT's talented West Tennessee football signees won't be playing for the Vols this fall

Darius Myers, a 6-4, 315-pound offensive lineman from Cordova, plans to attend Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. He fell two points shy of meeting the ACT qualifying score needed to enroll in college. Myers recorded 104 pancake blocks as a high school senior and was named all-state by the Associated Press.

Todd Cox, a 6-2, 210-pound linebacker prospect from Memphis Harding Academy, appears headed to junior college because his grade-point average does not meet NCAA requirements. Cox registered 10 sacks last fall and was rated the No. 7 linebacker prospect nationally by Student Sports.

Myers' setback may prove to be a blessing in disguise. Instead of sitting out the 2005 season as a Vol redshirt, he'll play one year of prep school ball, then join the Vols in time for the 2006 season. Tennessee has enjoyed great success with recent Hargrave alumni. Matt McGlothlin spent a season there in 2002, then walked on at UT and wound up starting several games at defensive tackle in 2003. Jonathan Hefney spent a season at Hargrave in 2003, then started as a freshman cornerback for the Vols last fall. Defensive tackle Demonte Bolden went to Hargrave last fall and came back with a thinner waistline and thicker muscles.

Whereas Myers appears just one year away from joining the Vols, Cox likely must spend two years at a junior college, then join the UT program in time for the 2007 season. In addition, Cox would have just two years of eligibility left when he enrolls on The Hill, whereas Myers would have four.

Meanwhile, eight players who signed with Tennessee last February already are enrolled and attending first-session summer school classes. They are quarterback Jonathan Crompton, defensive back Demetrice Morley, defensive back Antonio Wardlow, running back Montario Hardesty, center Josh McNeil, offensive lineman Malcolm Rawls, running back LaMarcus Coker and defensive end Raymond Henderson.

Most of the other signees are expected to enroll for the second session of summer school. Two possible exceptions are defensive end Gerald Williams of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., and linebacker Andre Mathis of Erie, Pa. Both are still awaiting approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Wide receiver Ulysses Alexander of Miami appears likely to "grayshirt" -- wait until January to enroll, thereby leaving himself five years to complete four years of football eligibility.


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