Vols Strike Local Bonanza

It was a highly productive day for the Vols on the football recruiting front today, as Phillip Fulmer secured the latest addition to the Class of 2007 and the first member of the Class of 2008 without ever leaving what has become the fertile gridiron talent grounds of east Tennessee.

Loudon County running back/linebacker Josh Hawkins pledged his services to UT, becoming the 10th member of the current recruiting class and the fifth from east Tennessee to commit.

Proving the surge of prime local prospects isn't a one-year anomaly, the Vols also committed Aaron Douglas, who is entering his senior season Maryville High School. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Douglas is the son of former UT offensive lineman David Douglas who played on Tennessee's 1985 SEC Championship team which beat Miami in the Sugar Bowl. David went on to enjoy a five-year stint in the NFL playing for Cincinnati and New England. Aaron's mother, Kara, was a starting forward on UT's 1987 National Championship team. Aaron plays tight end and defensive end at Maryville and is regarded as one of the state's top prospects for 2008.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Hawkins is as rugged runner with blazing 4.4 speed who could also play linebacker or safety on the next level. He rushed for 1,492 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior and added another 355 receiving yards and a TD, giving him 1,848 total yards for the 11-2 Redskins. He earned all-county and All-Region (2A) honors as a sophomore and junior. Loudon's two losses came against Class-2A state champion Alcoa.

Stay tuned for further information on these homegrown commitments.

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