While Johnson is "in," receiver/defensive back Brent Vinson (Hampton, Va.) and running back Dustin Lindsey (Alcoa) are out. Neither qualified academically to enroll at UT this fall. Vinson will attend prep school at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia; Lindsay will go the juco route by attending Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
Vinson, a 6-2, 180-pounder, is a cousin of former Virginia Tech standout and recent NFL draftee Jimmy Williams. As a senior at Phoebus High last fall Vinson recorded 1,200 receiving yards and five interceptions, returning two of the Oskies for touchdowns
Lindsey, a 6-1, 225-pound power back, ranked No. 99 on Scout's Hot 100 for the South last fall. He rushed for 1,221 yards and averaged a whopping 10.1 yards per carry.
The two signees still "on hold" are receiver/defensive back Stephaun Raines of Dalton, Ga., and safety Justin Garrett of Pasadena City College. Raines (6-1, 175) reportedly remains under scrutiny because of one questionable class he took as a high school senior. Garrett (6-2, 195) needs to pass two courses this summer to qualify for immediate eligibility at UT.
Raines compiled more than 1,700 all-purpose yards as a senior. Clocked at a sizzling 10.6 seconds in the 100 meters, he registered 704 receiving yards and 947 rushing yards last fall.
Rated a four-star prospect by Scout, Garrett registered 88 tackles in 2004 and a team-high 83 stops in '05. He's originally from Baton Rouge, La.