One speedy DB

Tennessee has signed several defensive backs who doubled in track during the past few years – Jabari Greer, Robert Boulware and Jonathan Wade to name just a few. Now there may be another speedy DB headed the Vols' way.

David Pender is a 5-11, 170-pound cornerback prospect from Charlton County High School in Folkston, Ga. He reportedly covers 40 yards in 4.49 seconds and has major college potential.

Pender already has scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Purdue and Illinois but he'd like to play in the Southeastern Conference. He says Georgia, Tennessee and LSU are at the top of his list.

‘'LSU is probably my favorite school,'' he told Ryan Jordan of ‘'They sent me a lot of pictures of the campus through the mail, and I'm pretty impressed with what they have.''

Pender's attraction to Tennessee, not surprisingly, is based on the success the school has had with combination football/track athletes.

‘'Their football team is pretty good,'' he told Jordan, ‘'and I would love to run track on a team like theirs, also.''

Pender just returned from a weekend trip to Georgia, where he was impressed by the dormitories, practice facility, stadium and locker room. Overall, the visit went well. ‘'It was pretty good,'' he told Jordan. ‘'Seeing the locker room and taking a tour of the field and all was the best part. I think I did pretty good but they didn't offer me or anything."

Tennessee is due to lose one starting cornerback (Jason Allen) following the 2005 season and one key backup (Wade) following the 2006 season. The Vols are always on the lookout for quality corners, so they're likely to take a long look at David Pender in the coming months.

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