Top Trio Visits Vols

Since Saturday's game vs. Georgia is the most attractive on Tennessee's 2005 home schedule, it's only natural that the SEC showdown will be showcased to some of the most attractive prospects on the Vols' recruiting board.

As is common with in-season visit weekends, this one is still coming together and last minute additions are a virtual certainty. However a trio of four-star prospects is confirmed that is sure to pique the interest of Big Orange football fans.

Heading the list is Jarrell Miller of Highland Springs, Va., who is ranked as the nation's No. 10 linebacker by Scout.com. He is joined by No. 17 wide receiver Andrey Baskin of Camden, N.J., and No. 25 running back Brandon Minor of Richmond, Va.

At 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, Miller is the classic run stopper at middle linebacker, but he could also be an effective fullback or even develop into a defensive end. His gridiron role model is Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. As a junior he posted 80 tackles with four sacks and a couple of forced fumbles. Miller flows to the ball very instinctively and fills the hole with authority. He runs a 4.6 and bench presses 275 pounds.

Miller, who stars on both sides of the ball for Highland Springs High School, has reduced his field of contending teams from 15 to six. That list includes Florida, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Virginia. All of his favorites have offered. This weekend will be his first official visit, although he took an unofficial last week to North Carolina.

Baskin, 6-foot-4, 200 pounds is a big receiver with good hands and the toughness to go over the middle. He comes from the same high school (Woodrow Wilson) that produced former Vol Rashad Baker and current UT defensive stalwart Turk McBride. He had 31 catches for eight touchdowns as a junior and is on pace to eclipse those marks this fall.

Although he doesn't have outstanding speed (4.6) for a wideout, he opened a lot of eyes at the Elite College Combine last spring with his ball skills and precise route running. He has over 50 offers on the table and has reduced his list to Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Michigan, Ohio State and Syracuse. The trip to Knoxville will be his first official visit.

Minor, 6-0, 215, is coming off a standout junior season for Varina High School in which he compiled 2,091 yards and 32 touchdowns in 196 carries. Exceptionally strong and a rugged runner between the tackles, Minor runs a 4.5, bench presses an impressive 335 pounds, squats over 500 and boasts a 38-inch vertical jump.

A torn hip flexor has sidelined Minor for most of his senior campaign although he's expected to be back at full speed this week. His setback has done nothing to discourage suitors, as he has official visits set for Miami (Dec. 17), Michigan (Dec. 10), and Virginia Tech (Jan. 15). The visit to Tennessee is his first official visit, which means the Vols will need to make their first impression a lasting one.


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