Vols Recruit Field of Dreams

After scoring a super sleeper prospect from Iowa in 2006 with tough-as-nails linebacker Dorian Davis, the Vols are back in the land of tall corn and in the lead for a talented back with outstanding speed.

Tennessee currently tops the favorites list for Sioux City back Tre-Darrius Canady, who plays at East High School, followed closely by the home state Hawkeyes and Nebraska with Illinois, Purdue, Iowa State, Kansas and Kansas State further back.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect amassed 1,876 yards and 25 touchdowns on 258 carries for an East High team that went 8-2 in 2005. That's an average of 187.6 yards and 2.5 touchdowns per game. Equally impressive is Canady's workload of nearly 26 carries per contest, which is high for a player his size. He bench presses 260 pounds and squats 380.

"My strengths are breaking the tackles and getting away from defenders," Canady told Allen Wallace of Scout.com. "But I need to work on getting in between guys and not just running them over."

With 4.50 time in the 40, Canady has the speed to split defenders and post big plays. He also has the quickness and transition ability to be a first-rate defensive back. Such diversity and two-way value has colleges seriously courting Canady.

He has been to Iowa's campus, which is a five-hour drive from his home in Sioux City, several times and was at Nebraska for Junior Day on April 1. He will take part in the Scout.com Combine in South Carolina on May 30, which is the type of exposure is sure to accelerate his recruiting process.

Although he is receiving serious interest, Canady is still waiting for his first offer. That says a lot more about a borderline GPA (2.5) and the fact he took the ACT for the first time on April 15, than it does any doubts about his playing potential.

Tennessee is putting itself in position to offer and has invited Canady to come on down.

"Tennessee is a great football school," Canady told Wallace. "I really want to go somewhere that I can win. I started getting text messages from them asking for my film the first week of March. Since then I've gotten texts from the head coach (Phillip Fulmer) inviting me to come down there for a visit this summer. I'll probably go. They have been talking to my coaches also"

Obviously Tre-Darrius Canady is getting Tennessee's message loud and clear.


We recently wrote of the strong mutual interest between UT and running back Armando Allen of Hialeah-Lakes High School, who with a 4.36 recorded at the Scout.com National Combine, is regarded among the fastest prospects nationally.

In keeping with the Need for Speed theme, the Vols are also a leader for Fairburn, Ga., defensive back prospect Eric Berry, who turned the fastest 40 time at the Scout.com Combine held last weekend at Georgia Tech's campus in Atlanta. Berry turned a blistering 4.31 time on artificial turf, after running a 4.46 on the same surface a year ago. He played primarily at quarterback as a junior at Creekside High School

The son of former Vol running back James Berry lists UT as his leader with Georgia, Miami, Ohio State and Auburn in the lead pack. He also has offers from USC, Notre Dame and Texas among others. LSU is expected to offer soon, but the battle for his services will take a lot longer.

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