Top Visits on Tap

Among the 108,000-plus fans attending Saturday's SEC showdown in Knoxville will be at least six visitors that could greatly impact the future of Tennessee football and basketball.

A trio of gridiron talents expected to be on hand is headed by Scout.com's No. 5 rated defensive tackle, Lawrence Guy of Western High School in Las Vegas, Nev. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound, four-star prospect recorded 90 tackles with 11 sacks as a junior to earn all-state honors. He could play defensive end at the next level but his potential may be best realized inside once he adds the necessary bulk and strength.

Guy is the type of quick, athletic tackle that is hard for offensive linemen to handle. He can disrupt the timing of the run with his explosiveness off the ball or rip through a double-team to pressure the passer. In short: this Guy projects as the caliber of talent UT is currently lacking up front and urgently needs to restore the defense to its former luster.

Tennessee has overcome an early deficit with Guy and appear to be one his three favorites along with Arizona State and Oklahoma, although Michigan, Arizona and Nebraska remain as fringe contenders. Guy has a visit scheduled to Oklahoma next week and plans a visit to ASU.

Joining Guy is defensive prospect Herman Lathers a 6-foot-0.5, 203-pound linebacker out of Scotlandville Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, La., who is currently ranked No. 39 at his position. Lather was named to Scout.com's All-Combine team in New Orleans after posting some impressive numbers in the short shuttle (4.31), three-cone drill (7.07), standing broad jump (9.3) and vertical leap (31.3). That's where he also turned a 4.5 flat time in the 40.

Lathers had another impressive showing at UT's senior camp where he received a scholarship offer from the Vols. In addition to that he has offers from Baylor, Ole Miss, Tulane and Stanford among others. He's also being recruited by LSU and Oklahoma State which haven't offered. He has a visit set for Mississippi on Dec. 1. He lists Tennessee and LSU as his current leaders.

The Volunteers are also expecting a visit from speed merchant Jeff Demps, 5-10, 180, of Southland High School in Groveville, Fla. Regarded as one of the fastest prospects in the speed-rich Sunshine State, Demps consistently clocks 4.35. He carried the ball 170 times for 1,761 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior and is rated the nation's No. 62 running back. He can also play in the secondary and is highly regarded as a potential cover corner.

Tennessee and Florida are listed as his finalists. He was also offered by Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky and Virginia Tech among others. Demps has the big-play ability the Vols could plug in on offense immediately.

Tennessee is hosting three top prospects headed by Collierville combo guard Elliot Williams. He'll be joined by Dunwoody, Ga., small forward Chris Singleton and North Hollywood power forward Rolando Woolridge the son of former NBA star Orlando Woolridge.

Williams, a five-star talent who is rated the nation's No. 4 shooting guard by Scout.com and he's the top prospect in the Volunteer State. He averaged 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a junior and further solidified his elite status through AAU competition.

Williams has whittled his finalists list to four including Duke, Virginia, Memphis and Tennessee. He has taken official visits to Duke and Virginia and he wraps up his officials at Memphis next week.

Singleton is a prospect the Vols have hotly pursued because of his elite athleticism and versatility. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward, who is ranked No. 8 at his position nationally, transferred to Dunwoody for his senior season after he was dismissed from Cherokee for alleged discipline problems. Apparently the dismissal had no impact on his recruiting as he holds offers from Louisville, Kentucky, LSU, South Carolina, Florida State and Cincinnati among others.

Woolridge, 6-8, 205, is a prospect who opened eyes with a great performance at the Reebok tournament (RBK U) in July. He has undergone a growth spurt the last two years and his game appears to have caught up with his frame. He reports high interest in Georgetown which he has already visited, Tennessee, Illinois, Marquette and USC.

Several other football prospects are considering visits to Knoxville for the Georgia game, which we'll report on further once confirmed.


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