RECRUITING: Worth the Gamble

His name may be Gamble, but this talented safety from the Peach State looks more like a sure thing to Tennessee recruiters.

Darryl Gamble is a 6-1, 200-pounder who is ranked No. 15 nationally among safety prospects by He recorded 89 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles as a junior last season for Bainbridge (Ga.) High School.

Naturally, this red-hot prospect is getting a lot of attention from Southern schools.

''I have offers from Georgia, Alabama, Maryland, Clemson, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Auburn, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Marshall,'' he told's Ryan Jordan.

Because it's early in the recruiting process, he hasn't singled out a leader for his services. Gamble has a list of top contenders, however.

³I don¹t really have a favorite school,'' he said. ''I¹ve got a top five, though, and that¹s Auburn, Tennessee, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Georgia.''

Rated a four-star prospect, Gamble has hit a few camps for the summer.

''I went to camp at Georgia and I did the 7-on-7 league at Auburn,'' he told Jordan. ''I don¹t plan on any others but schools from the surrounding counties come and play us at our stadium in 7-on-7.''

Getting Gamble away from the homestate Georgia Bulldogs may be difficult. He has developed quite a rapport with Bulldog offensive coordinator Neil Callaway.

''I talk to Coach Callaway at Georgia the most,'' Gamble said. ''I call him a lot. Out of all the coaches he¹s the coolest one.''

Safety is a priority for Tennessee recruiters this year. The Vols have been struggling at the position since losing their top three safeties -- Rashad Baker, Gibril Wilson and Mark Jones -- at the conclusion of the 2003 season. That could mean immediate playing time for Darryl ... if he's winning to Gamble on the Vols.

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