Early Arrivals Lead Way

These youngsters are getting a head start on the rest of the 2007 class.

The earlier signees were:

Tennessee's Class of 2007

ART EVANS, 6-1, 175, 4.48, of Lakeland, Evangel Christian School in Lakeland, Fla., is ranked the nation's No. 68 cornerback prospect by Scout.com, but the all-purpose athlete could also excel at safety or wide receiver at Tennessee. A two-way star Evans broke out as a junior, recording 62 receptions for 1,329 yards with 16 touchdowns. On defense he intercepted 11 passes, taking two the distance. He also returned an impressive eight punts for touchdowns as well. As a senior, he had 14 interceptions, 58 tackles and eight punt returns for touchdowns. Additionally, he caught 40 passes for over 700 yards and nine touchdowns. Evans is one of five Vols already enrolled in classes.

TODD CAMPBELL, 6-1, 190, 4.50, of Franklin High School in Franklin, Tenn., committed to Tennessee last spring and is currently enrolled in classes. He checks in as the nation's No. 72 receiver according to Scout.com, but could also see service on defense. He was selected Class-5A All-State as a junior after hauling in 35 passes for 810 yards and 12 touchdowns. He received offers from Alabama, South Carolina, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Louisville and Kansas State among others. Campbell is originally from Elkton in western Kentucky and played at Todd Central High School as a freshman before making the move to Franklin.

DARRIS SAWTELLE, 6-6, 296, 4.99, of Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield, Mich., is a Tennessee legacy, who is following his grandfather and namesake Darris McCord as a Volunteer football player. Rated the nation's No. 14 offensive line prospect by Scout.com, Sawtelle committed to the Vols after the 2006 Orange and White Game and stuck by that pledge while being pursued by many of the top programs in the country, including Michigan, Michigan State, USC and Nebraska. Sawtelle is an accomplished technician who knows how to finish a block. Has the frame to add another 30 pounds over his collegiate career. Possesses the power and strength needed to make an early impact at Tennessee. Appears to be a natural weak-side tackle with the arm length and agility to neutralize a speed rusher. The fact he is already enrolled in classes on The Hill should enhance his chances of breaking into the playing rotation next fall.

DONALD LANGLEY, 6-2, 288, 4.89, of Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Md., is rated the nation's No. 53 defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com. Another two-way performer who was productive on offense and defense. A four-year starter in the D-line, Langley recorded 46 tackles (27 solo), including 17 for losses with four sacks last as a junior. He also took on a starting job in the offensive line for the first time and merely led the state with 55 pancake blocks. Langley, who is already enrolled at Tennessee, had over 40 scholarship offers including: Penn State, Maryland, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas A&M, Maryland and Virginia.

CODY POPE, 6-5, 275, 5.0, of Cathedral Catholic High School, in San Diego, Calif., was one of the late prospects Tennessee signed to the Class of 2006, but academic deficiencies postponed his arrival. He is now enrolled in classes and will participate in spring practice. Rated the nation's No. 44 offensive line prospect by Scout.com last season, Pope turned down offers from USC, California, Colorado, San Diego State, Utah and Washington to sign with the Vols. Pope recorded 78 tackles and 75 pancake blocks in a dual role as a senior. Has the type of mental toughness and aggressive approach to become a dominating force on the offensive front.

Clearly, the Vols are off to a great start ... adding two polished prospects to the offensive line and filling a glaring need on the defensive front.

We'll keep you posted each time a new signee enlists in the Volunteer Army.


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