Star-gazing

Tennessee's football program didn't sign its usual allotment of four- and five-star prospects yesterday, settling for more of the two- and three-star types. Head coach Phil Fulmer says that isn't necessarily a bad thing.

The reason? Big-time recruits often bring big-time egos.

"It depends on how fast you can de-recruit ‘em," he said. "Sometimes those guys with the five stars … it takes awhile to make them realize they put their pants on just like everybody else does."

The fact last year's Vol signing class was ranked No. 1 nationally and this year's class barely made the top 25 doesn't seem to concern the head man one bit.

"A lot of people make a lot of money off that (recruiting rankings), and that's OK," he said. "That's the American way, I guess. But you can't ever tell. You don't know how they're going to do when they get to college.

"I've had the five-star guy that was a flop and I've had the two-star guy that ended up being one of our best players."

Ultimately, Fulmer is taking the same approach he has followed every Signing Day since becoming UT's head man in 1993.

"The proof," he said, "will be in the pudding."


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