Wideout on UT radar

One of the Southeast's more heralded wide receiver prospects has scholarship offers from Alabama and Auburn already in hand and is expecting an offer from the Tennessee Volunteers in the very near future.

Sam Edwards is a 6-foot-2, 175-pounder with 4.55 speed. He caught 43 passes for 625 yards and six touchdowns last fall for Clay-Chalkville High of Pinson, Ala.

"I have received my first two offers from Alabama and Auburn last week," Edwards told Andrew Bone of Scout.com – South. "Alabama offered me about a week or two ago. Auburn offered me two weeks ago. They both called my coach and told him about the offer. They called my parents and told them, as well."

Given his combination of size and speed, Edwards is sure to get plenty more scholarship offers in the months ahead. He suspects one of them will be coming from Knoxville.

"I feel like Ole Miss, LSU and Tennessee are very close to offering me," Edwards told Bone. "My top schools right now are Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and LSU. Alabama is my overall favorite."

Edwards says he likes the Tide because "They have a nice campus. They are a good all-around program. They have a nice team and a very good coaching staff."

Edwards plans to attend football camps at Middle Tennessee State (June 5), Memphis (June 10) and Troy (June 18-20). He has not mentioned Tennessee's senior camp, which is scheduled June 17.

Wide receiver is a priority for Vol recruiters since 2005 part-time starters Chris Hannon and C.J. Fayton are out of eligibility and two more key wideouts – Jayson Swain and Bret Smith – are down to one year each. In addition, there is speculation that rising junior Robert Meachem may turn pro at the conclusion of the 2006 season.

Tennessee already has three in-state pass-catchers committed for its 2007 signing class – Todd Campbell (Franklin High), Tyler Maples (Maryville High) and Anthony Anderson (Knoxville Austin-East High). In addition, the Vols are in hot pursuit of RB/WR prospect Golden Tate of Pope John Paul II High in Memphis and are believed to be interested in wideout Roderick Davis of Memphis Wooddale.

It appears the receiver section of UT's recruiting board is pretty crowded.

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