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.