RECRUITING: UT, UGA, LSU Battle For LBs

With approximately 17 scholarship offers on the table, Tennessee has emerged as Georgia's top challenger for the the services of Stone Mountain, Ga., linebacker Perry Riley.

Other contenders that have been extended offers include three SEC West Division schools, as it appears to be an all-conference battle for the signature of this all-state athlete.

"Georgia and Tennessee are my leaders," he told Matt Day of Scout.com. "They're about at the same interest level. I'm also interested in LSU, Arkansas, Auburn and South Carolina. I've received offers from all of these schools except South Carolina."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Riley has 4.6 speed and is one of a trio of linebackers from Stephenson High School the Vols have offered scholarships. UT is also in the hunt for Marcus Ball, 6-0, 222, 4.55, who is rated the nation's No. 7 linebacker prospect by Scout.com, as well as, Kelvin Sheppard, 6-2, 222, 4.6. Georgia and LSU are the only other schools currently listed as favorites on all three Stone Mountain standouts.

"I'll look and see how strong the football program is," Riley told Scout.com's Ryan Jordan." Playing time is very important too. I also want to make sure my family will able to make it to my games."

Linebacker is a high priority target position for the Vols who are slated to start three seniors in Omar Gaither, Jason Mitchell and Kevin Simon. Georgia and Tennessee and Georgia have offered Marcus Sims of North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, Fla., and Antonio Lowery of Christopher Columbus High School in Miami.

In addition to the Stephenson senior starters, UT and LSU are also competing for No. 9 rated linebacker Jarrell Miller, 6-3, 235, of Highland Springs, Va., and No. 13 rated LB Cobrani Mixon of Colerian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mixon is the teammate of No. 5 rated offensive lineman Connor Smith.

Stay tuned: SEC victories and titles could hang in the balance.


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