Tracking UT Targets

With all three levels of football officially underway tonight, Inside Tennessee takes a look at some prospects of interest and update their first game performances.

CHRIS JORDAN: The 6-foot-2, 210-pound running back/linebacker played exclusively on offense in Brentwood Academy's season opener and gained 211 yards in 30 carries to lead his team to a 35-14 victory. The four-star prospect is rated No. 23 among the nation's running backs.

Brentwood Academy has an early critical battle Friday against Ravenwood. Jordan reports more schools are showing him interest, including Georgia. He has a visit set to Alabama in December, and plans a trip to Clemson soon. The Crimson Tide and Tigers hold an early lead over Tennessee. Georgia is closing ground and South Carolina and Auburn remain in contention.

ROBERT GRIFFIN III: The 6-foot-3, 200-pound senior signal caller led Copperas Cove High School (Texas) connected on 8-of-16 pass attempts for 137 yards with a 37-yard touchdown and gained 30 yards rushing in eight carries with a TD to lead his team to a 33-0 win. Rated the nation's No. 18 QB prospect by Scout.com, Griffin holds state records in both the 110 hurdles and the 400 meters. He lists Baylor, Houston, Stanford, Tulsa and Tennessee as his favorites, but doesn't currently have a leader.

MARION WALLS: Rated the nation's No. 14 Sam linebacker, this 6-4, 215, physical specimen is playing a new position for a new school this season. He recorded seven stops, including three for losses, while playing defensive end in his debut at Olive Branch (Miss.) last Friday. As a junior he was a linebacker at Memphis Wooddale High School where he had 58 tackles with 13 sacks. He transferred across the border when his mother secured a job in Olive Branch. Walls was expected to choose between Florida and Tennessee last month but has since added Ole Miss to create a three-team race. A sprinter in track, Walls runs a 4.55 in the 40.

AARON BOYD: A big 6-6, 200-pound, receiver and the brother of former Kentucky quarterback Shane Boyd, he blew out of the starting gate for Henry Clay High School with a seven-reception, 203-yard, two-TD effort in the season opener. His night was highlighted by a 28-yard TD catch with 13 seconds left that gave the Devils a 47-43 triumph. He's to surpass his junior season in which he had 37 catches for 453 yards and two scores. He was named second team All-City in Lexington and is a strong contender for Mr. Kentucky Football as a senior. Boyd reports over 20 offers and currently favors Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Virginia. He reportedly runs a 4.5 and is ranked the nation's No. 53 receiver prospect.

MARK INGRAM: Talk about getting off to a good start this running back amassed an astounding 319 yards and four touchdowns in 21 carries in his first outing for Flint Southwestern Academy after four seasons as a starter at Grand Blanc. Averaging 15.2 yards per carry, Ingram carried Flint SW to a 49-14 upset win over Midland Dow. Ingram is the son of former NFL and Michigan State wideout Mark Ingram Sr. He lists his favorites as Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa, Michigan State, Washington and Wisconsin. Ingram could play running back or wide receiver on the next level.

DONT'A HIGHTOWER: This rapid riser from Lewisburg is ranked the nation's No. 22 defensive end prospect and is one of only three four-star prospects in the state. Checking in at 6-2, 245, with 4.7 speed, he is being recruited as an end, inside backer in the 3-4 and as an H-back by Tennessee. He made an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt for the Dores season opener against Richmond. He reports that Vanderbilt, Alabama and Georgia Tech are his top three. Tennessee and Auburn round out his top five.


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