Top Five UT Sleepers

National Signing Day was like a wakeup call to all Vols expecting a typical Phillip Fulmer haul, but it has enough quality sleepers to help Big Orange fans rest a little easier at night.

Usually picking a few sleepers from a UT signing class full of four- and five-star prospects is a difficult task at best. Such is not the case this year with the Vols checking in at No. 24 nationally. The good news is that Tennessee supporters have some pleasant surprises to look forward to seeing in action.

With those qualifiers out of the way, here is the top five list of sleepers from UT's Class of 2006.

(1) Darris Myers: Rated two stars by Scout.com, Myers has the potential to become a dominating force in UT's offensive line given his imposing size and quick feet. Also underrated coming out of Cordova High School, a year of prep school has provided him with the maturity and refinement to push for playing time next fall.

(2) Stephaun Raines: Another two-star prospect that has four-star player written all over him. Has great speed (4.45) and is athletic enough (39-inch vertical) to excel at wide receiver, cornerback, safety, plus punt and kick returner. Also has an solid reputation as a hard worker with a good attitude. Raines isn't likely to shrink from a challenge.

(3) Blake Garretson: Talk about your sleepers, Blake Garretson was in a state of suspended animation at Morritown East when Tennessee was the first college to call and offer him a scholarship. Obviously it was hard for UT's coaches to overlook a 6-foot-3, 277-pound high-energy prospect who can run a 4.7. Finding a natural position fit may take time, but Garretson has a ton of motivation and confidence.

(4) Jarrod Shaw: At 6-foot-4, 330 pounds, this two-star prospect is the biggest of Tennessee's signees and perhaps the most enigmatic. Is he an offensive lineman or a defensive lineman? Given his 3.0 GPA, 23 score on the ACT and 350-pound bench press, why did so many SEC schools that showed strong initial interest back off later in ther recruiting process? Undoubtedly, UT's interest never waned and the Vols actually passed up at least one four-star D-lineman to sign him.

(5) Brent Vinson: This is the only three-star prospect on our sleeper's list, but he gets the nod (no pun intended) because he is ranked No. 78 by Scout.com among the nation's receiver prospects. However, at 6-foot-2, 187 pounds with 4.4 speed and a 40-inch vertical, you'd be hard pressed to find a wideout prospect with more raw talent. He is also an outstanding basketball prospect who outscored good friend and top UT roundball recruit Duke Crews, 21-9, in their only head-to-head match this season. He is an exciting return specialist who can also play defensive back. Oh yeah, he has only played two years of football.


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