King Goes to Dawgs

Good news: Caleb King, the nation's No. 3 running back and the top tailback on Tennessee's board, will bring his high-voltage game to Knoxville next fall. Bad news: It will be as a member of the Georgia Bulldogs.

The Norcross, Ga., native announced his decision today, choosing the Bulldogs over Auburn. His other finalists were Florida, LSU, USC, Notre Dame and Tennessee. The 5-foot-11, 208-pound King, who runs the 40 in 4.46, was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was voted MVP of the national junior combine held last year January in San Antonio in conjunction with the event.

"King has the ability to accelerate at full speed out of a cut," said recruiting analyst Jamie Newburg. "He shows excellent vision and the ability to make people miss. King is also a dangerous receiver out of the backfield, and once he has the reception in the open field he is so tough to catch or bring down."

King plays both offense and defense at Greater Atlanta Christian School, and collected over 90 scholarship offers from Division I programs across the country. He rushed for 2,768 yards as a junior.

Next on UT's list of most preferred tailback prospects is No. 5 ranked John Clay of Racine, Wis., who, like King, is a five-star prospect. Among the four-star tailback prospects interested in the Vols are: No. 12 Lennon Creer of Tatum, Texas, No. 20 Justin Sterns of Rusk, Texas, No. 21 Armando Allen of Hialeah, Fla., No. 22 Dale Martin of Bolingbrook, Ill. The Vols have a commitment from No. 37 Savion Frazier of Woodbridge, Va., a four-star prospect who has the size to develop into a fullback in the Shawn Bryson mode. Both Sterns and Martin have expressed high interest in Tennessee.

The Vols hope to have more success with another Atlanta area five-star prospect Eric Berry, who is the nation's No. 1 rated cornerback and son of former UT starting tailback James Berry.

Another running back prospect to keep an eye on is Rai-Shawn Wilson of Augustine, Fla. Wilson, 5-11, 190, is a former teammate of UT true freshman wideout Quintin Hancock. The three-star prospect recorded one of the fastest times (4.45) at the All-American Combine held in Jacksonville last spring. He rushed for over 1,000 yards as a junior.

Wilson is considering offers from Florida State and Louisville as well as Tennessee. He visited UT for the Florida game and indicates the Vols will be tough to top for his services.

"It's pretty much between those three right there," he told Mike Bakas on Wednesday. "I like them all but I fell in love with Tennessee when I went up there. Q (Quintin Hancock) showed me around. I did the walk, met the players and coaches, and saw the whole area. I stayed for three days and when I got back to school, I couldn't stop telling everyone about it for about a week. I loved it there. Plus, the weather's real nice. It's not too hot or cold."

Just right is how Wilson might fit at slot back for the Vols.

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