SIGNING DAY TICKER

Here's a look at the high school, JUCO and prep school prospects that have signed scholarship papers to join Tennesse's Class of 2007 which currently stands at 32 with the addition of four-star talents Gerald Jones and Rae Sykes. This year's class is comprised of prospects from 13 states including 11 from Tennessee. The Vols also landed the top prospect in Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and Oklahoma.

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.

B.J. COLEMAN, 6-4, 190, 4.8, McCallie High School, Chattanooga, saw his stock soar during a standout senior season in which he completed 166-of-257 passes for 2,927 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed the ball 51 times for 241 yards and seven TDs. A three-year starter, Coleman holds both career and season school records for passing yards and touchdowns. Rated No. 16 among the nation's QB prospects by Scout.com, Coleman is a four-star prospect with five-star potential. He paced the West All-Stars to a 35-25 victory in the East Meets West All-American football game in Orlando, Fla., completing 6-of-7 passes for 100 yards and a score.

CORY HALL, 6-4, 255, 4.78, of Brainerd High School in Chattanooga, was a late addition to the Class of 2007 at a position of need — the defensive line. Enjoyed remarkable back-to-back seasons at defensive end, compiling a collective total of 290 tackles and 38 sacks. He recorded a school record 17 stops against White County as a senior and captured first team All-State honors. He was also a finalist for Lineman of the Year in the state. The biggest sleeper from the Chattanooga area Tennessee has signed since defensive end Jason Hall (no relation). Cory is also a track standout.

SAVION FRAZIER, 6-1, 225, 4.7, of Gar-Field High School in Woodbridge, Va., is a versatile athlete that could help the Vols on offense or defense. Rated the No. 34 running back in the country by Scout.com, and No. 7 overall prospect in Virginia, Frazier rushed for 1,420 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior averaging over 7 yards per carry. As a part-time safety on defense he compiled 50 tackles with five sacks, three INTs and three forced fumbles. Originally from Huntsville, Ala., Frazier could play fullback, tailback or develop into a linebacker at the next level.

CHRIS DONALD, 6-2, 220, 4.50, of Huntingdon High School, is a five-star prospect who is rated the nation's No. 2 inside linebacker by Scout.com and the No. 47 prospect overall. Donald projects as a Will (weak-side) linebacker at Tennessee and has an excellent chance to break into the rotation next fall. A four-year starter for the Mustangs, Donald help lead Huntingdon to a 2A state title as a freshman and to the finals as a sophomore and junior. He is a three-time All-State selection and one of the most honored football prospects in Tennessee high school history, being named Parade All-America, USA Today All-America and U.S. Army All-America. Donald was slowed by injuries his senior year, but over his high school career he recorded 280 tackles and amassed 4,700 yards with 56 touchdowns on the ground. He chose Tennessee after an intense recruiting battle with Notre Dame.

ERIC BERRY, 5-11, 195, 4.31, of Creekside HIgh School in Fairburn, Ga., is the jewel of Tennessee's signing class and one olf the fastest prospects in the nation. The five-star talent is a consenus choice at best cornerback in the Class of 2007. Scout.com rates Berry the best prospect in Georgia and the No. 7 prospect overall. He was a standout quarterback in high school and could play wide receiver, running back or take direct snaps from center like a single wing tailback. Has the best chance to play both offense and defense at Tennessee than any player since Mark Jones. As a junior, Berry compiled over 2,000 yards rushing and passing while scoring 22 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,218 yards and 13 touchdowns and passed for 852 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for over 1,500 yards as a senior while passing for over 1,000. Berry, whose father James was Tennessee's team captain in 1981, was offered by virtually every major program in the country before choosing Tennessee over Ohio State, USC and Georgia.

WILLIAM BRIMFIELD, 6-6, 300, 4.9, of Hunter-Kinard-Tyler High School in Neeses, S.C., is a late bloomer whose game is still catching up to his frame. His size could prompt a change to the O-line, but he'll get his first look on defense. He originally committed to North Carolina but altered his course after the Tar Heels' coaching changes. He helped lead his team to the playoffs as a senior with 83 tackles, nine sacks, three forced fumbles and three recoveries. Scout.com ranks him No. 57 among defensive tackles and the No. 12 prospect in the Palmetto State.

NEVIN McKENZIE, 6-2, 210, 4.45, played at John Jay High School in San Antonio and signed with Kansas State before detouring to Trinty Valley Community College where he played safety. He recorded 90 tackles with five sacks as a sophomore after amassing 199 stops as a freshman. This four-star prospect is among the best JUCO DBs in the nation. Although he has the size to play linebacker, he'll likely compete for early playing time at strong safety. The versatile athlete was a running back at Jay where he ran for over 1,200 yards and 20 TDs as a senior. Also a successful track performer who specialized in the 100 meters.

TYLER MAPLES, 6-2, 190, 4.5, of Maryville High School, was the first prospect to commit to UT's 2007 class. A versatile performer who could play on either side of the ball, Maples had his best season as a senior, catching 56 passes for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns. He scored 36 TDs in his high school career including six on punt and kick returns. Rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 16 prospect overall. Helped lead Maryville to three consecutive Class-4A championships.

JOSH HAWKINS, 6-1, 195, 4.52, of Loudon High School is another of the in-state sleepers the Vols jumped on early. Rushed for 2,774 yards and 30 touchdowns combined his junior and senior seasons. A four-year starter on offense and defense, he could play either position at UT depending on need. Set a Loudon single game rushing record last fall with 301 yards against Lenoir City.

ROLANDO MELANCON, 6-1, 270, 4.85, of Lutcher High School in Lutcher, La., is a true D-lineman who plays with excellent leverage and has an explosive first step. He led Lutcher to the Class-3A state title as a senior with 97 tackles, five sacks, three interceptions and six fumble recoveries. "Ro" captured MVP honors in the 3-A championship game with eight tackles, three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble. Rated the nation's No. 23 defensive tackle by Scout.com and the No. 12 prospect in Louisiana. A very good athlete with size, Melancon played forward in basketball for Lutcher and averaged 25 points per game. Was a five-year starter.

BRENT VINSON, 6-2, 190, 4.41, of Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va., signed with Tennessee in 2006, but spent a season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., where he developed into a five-star talent in only his third season of organized football. Rated the nation's No. 5 wide receiver by Scout.com, Vinson added to his luster with 350 receiving yards and two touchdowns against West Virginia's JV squad last fall. As a high school senior he had over 2,000 all-purpose yards with 15 touchdowns including two on INT returns and four on punt returns. Should see early playing time at UT with the Vols top three receivers gone. Also a standout basketball player and former teammate of UT freshman Duke Crews.

DeANGELO WILLINGHAM, 6-0, 200, 4.41, of Calhoun High School in St. Matthews, S.C., played two seasons at College of the Desert in Desert Springs, Calif. Now he gets a lot closer to home and he may find a home at cornerback given his ability to match up against big receivers while providing solid run support. Rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Willingham earned all-conference honors as a freshman and sophomore, after being picked All-State as a high school senior. He intercepted five passes, recovered a fumble and force another last fall on a team that finished 1-9. He ran the 100 meters in high school and bench presses 350 pounds with a 35-inch vertical.

KENNY O'NEAL, 6-0, 195, 4.45, of Skyline High School in Oakland, Calif., played at the Community College of San Francisco, where he caught 60 passes for 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2006. In his conference's championship game loss he caught 12 passes for 229 yards and a pair of TDs, O'Neal signed with Florida State as a senior and played in 11 games as a freshman including two starts. Regarded by many as the nation's best JUCO wide receiver, he'll enroll at UT in summer and should compete for a starting job in the fall.

AHMAD PAIGE, 6-2, 175, 4.40, of Sterlington HIgh School in Sterlington, La., is one of the most complete receivers in this class. Has excellent speed, sure hands, superb leaping ability and advanced route running skills. Rated the nation's No. 9 wide receiver by Scout.com, Paige was a standout in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl as well as workouts that week. He caught 41 passes as a senior for 863 yards and a dozen TDs despite facing constant multiple coverage schemes. As a junior he caught 45 passes for 1,208 yards and 17 touchdowns. A 6-5 high jumper, Paige needs only to add weight and strength to become an impact player at Tennessee.

DENNIS ROGAN, 5-10, 182, 4.50, of Knoxville Fulton High School, posted a pair of impressive seasons in 2005 and 2006. He ran for 2,876 yards and 44 TDs as a senior, including back-to-back 200-yard games to cap his high school career. As a junior, Rogan rushed for 2,261 yards and 39 touchdowns. He was twice finalist for the prestigious Mr. Football award. Finished with a school record 5,261 career rushing yards and 81 touchdowns. Despite his ability to run the football, Rogan could play in the secondary for UT. Rated three stars by Scout.com and the state's No. 15 prospect overall, Rogan checks in as the nation's No. 76 senior running back

LENNON CREER, 6-1, 200, 4.5, of Tatum High School in Tatum, Texas, rushed for an eye-popping total of 4,985 yards and 54 touchdowns over his junior and senior seasons to earn All-State honors as well as being named All-East Texas MVP. Rated the nation's No. 9 running back by Scout.com and the No. 9 overall prospect in talent rich Texas, Creer changes directions as well as any back in the Class of 2007 and has outstanding vision. He's an elusive runner with the power to run between the tackles. He could compete for playing time as a true freshman given the dimension he adds to UT's offense. Creer picked Tennessee over offers from Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Alabama.

DARNIUS MOORE, 6-0, 185, 4.44, is Lennon Creer's high school teammate and a four-star talent ranked the nation's No. 53 wideout by Scout.com. He caught 32 passes for 501 yards (15 touchdowns) and gained another 200 yards rushing as a senior. A big-time athlete who is the state's hurdle champion, Moore can also play defensive back as well as become an impact special teams' player. Moore selected Tennessee over offers from Arkansas, Florida, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Texas A&M.

BEN MARTIN, 6-5, 230, 4,65, of LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, is a five-star prospect ranked the nation's No. 3 defensive end by Scout.com as well as the top gridiron talent in the Buckeye State. Martin stunned a national television audience when he announced for Tennessee at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl broadcast by NBC. Martin was a three-year starter on defense and posted 100 tackles with eight sacks playing primarily at linebacker in 2006. He was used mostly at defensive end as a junior and recorded 71 tackles with 15 sacks. He projects as a defensive end at Tennessee and is the highest ranked prospect the Vols have signed at that position since Turk McBride in 2003.

RAE SYKES, 6-4, 240, 4.75, of Alcoa High School is one of the top in-state recruiting prizes in 2007. The four-star prospect is rated No. 29 at his position by Scout.com. He proved himself with a stellar sophomore season in which he compiled 132 tackles and 10 sacks. Included in that total was 15 stops and three sacks in the 2004 Class-2A championship game. He battled injuries as a junior and senior but still averaged 70 tackles and nine sacks per season. Sykes looks to be a rush end with the quickness to exploit the edge and the speed to run down plays from behind. Tennessee held off charges by LSU and Florida State to secure this homegrown talent.

DARYL VEREEN, 6-1, 205, 4.36, of North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, N.C., is one of Tennessee's most underrated signees given his size, speed and production. Vereen missed four games with a foot injury as a junior, but still rushed for 1,201 yards and 16 TDs. A bigger, healthier Vereen came back in 2006 and posted a school record with 2,603 yards and 31 touchdowns. Scout.com rates this three-star prospect at No. 53 among the nation's running back crop. A sprinter in track he ran a personal best of 10.4 second time in the 100 meters. The Vols beat out home state North Carolina for his services.

RUFUS WILLIAMS, 6-2, 230, 4.7, of Astronaut High School in Titusville, Fla., is rated No. 44 among the defensive end prospects by Scout.com and the No. 51 high school senior in Florida. He made 87 tackles as a junior, including 35 stops for losses and 14 sacks. He followed that with an even better season in 2006, making 110 tackles with 14 sacks and two fumble recoveries to earn Class-3A All-State honors. Played a lot of linebacker in high school and could see action at the Mike LB at Tennessee if not defensive end.

CHRIS WALKER, 6-2, 220, 4.65, of Memphis Christian Brothers, is ranked No. 14 among middle linebacker prospects by Scout.com and the No. 3 prospect in the Volunteer State. As a junior, Walker had 83 tackles, 10.5 for losses, 4 sacks, and 9 caused fumbles. He had another solid season in 2006 making 85 tackles with three sacks. He leads Christian Brothers basketball team in rebounding and averages 18 points per game. Tennessee won a spirited recruiting battle against Notre Dame, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and Michigan for this four-star gridiron talent.

KEVIN COOPER, 6-1, 240, 4.75, of The Baylor School in Chattanooga, fills the bill as as blocking back with a nice skill set and good upside. Cooper rushed for 1,891 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior and added 29 receptions for 241 yards and two TDs. Cooper is rated No. 25 among fullback prospects by Scout.com. He was a three-year starter who also played linebacker.

DASHAUN BARNES, 6-2, 195, 4.55, of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee, Fla., is ranked No. 30 among the nation's safety prospects by Scout.com and No. 46 in the Sunshine State. He had 71 tackles as a senior with four sacks and four fumble recoveries. As a part-time performer on offense Barnes caught six passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. While Barnes has the ability to play safety in college he will likely be switched to linebacker where his speed would be an asset on the outside.

ANTHONY ANDERSON, 6-0, 175, 4.45, of Knoxville Austin East High School, is ranked No. 13 in the state by Scout.com. An accomplished player with the athletcism to help Tennessee at several positions, Anderson caught 48 passes for 1,010 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior. He added 67 stops and six interceptions on defense.

C.J. FLEMING, 5-10, 165, 4.49, of Highland Springs High School in Highland Springs, Va., is ranked the No. 84 cornerback by Scout.com and No. 24 senior player in Virginia. Fleming proved to be sound in coverage with 13 pass breakups and six interceptions, including one that5 he returned for an 87-yard touchdown. As a junior he had seven INTs, 12 breakups, three forced fumbles and three blocked kicks. Will need to become more physical as a tackler, but he transitions well and has very good closing speed.

GERALD JONES, 6-0, 190, 4.47, of Millwood High School in Oklahoma City, Okla., was the prospect Vol fans were holding their collective breath on Wednesday as he was rumored to be considering a late change. However when he came through the Vols added a four-star prospect who is rated No. 2 in Oklahoma and No. 75 overall by Scout.com. Was a dual threat quarterback at Millwood who paced the Falcons to an 12-1 record in 2006, rushing for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns while passing for 1,561 yards and 21 TDs. Added 39 stops with a pair of sacks and and an interception in limited action on defense. This U.S. Army All-American will probably be slotted in at wide receiver at UT and his ability to gain yards after the catch makes him a candidate for early playing time. The Vols held off Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and others for the versatile Jones.


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