Scott is Vols' new WRs coach

Like predecessor Trooper Taylor, new Tennessee wide receivers coach Latrell Scott is young (31) and energetic. But he is not a Taylor clone and has no desire to be.

Scott, who coached wideouts at Richmond last year under new Vol offensive coordinator Dave Clawson, understands that the glib and colorful Taylor was enormously popular with Tennessee's players. Still, he feels no pressure to replicate his successor.

"The bottom line is that Trooper did a great job with these guys," Scott said following a Saturday morning news conference announcing the addition of Clawson and himself to UT's staff. "But I'm going to be Latrell Scott. I'm going to coach the Tennessee wide receivers the way that Latrell Scott coaches wide receivers, and we'll be fine.

"Coach Taylor left me with a great group, a very athletic, well-coached group. But I have the opportunity to put my stamp on these guys and see what we can do."

Taylor is known as a dynamo on the recruiting trail, and Scott arrives in Knoxville with the same claim to fame.

UT head coach Phillip Fulmer said Scott has "an outstanding reputation as a recruiter" and Clawson called him "the very, very best recruiter on my staff at Richmond." Scott believes there's a simple reason for that.

"I think my strength in recruiting is building relationships with prospects and families," he said. "That's the same way I approach my receivers group. I treat these guys like young men. I want these guys to be better because they've been around me.

"I let ‘em know that I hold these guys to a high standard, on the field and off the field, but I feel like if I can create personal relationships with these kids and their parents, then that translates onto the football field."

Scott was a three-year starting tight end at Hampton (Va.) College, earning All-America honors as a senior. Prior to Richmond, his coaching stops included Fork Union Military (1999-2000), Western Carolina (2001) and Virginia Military (2002-2004).

One of Scott's receivers at Richmond last year, redshirt freshman Kevin Grayson, set a school record for catches (68) and a freshman record for yards (970).

The fact Scott and Clawson worked together the past three years should be a tremendous help, since UT will enter spring practice with four new offensive aides (including running backs coach Stan Drayton and one assistant still to be named).

"It helps a lot," Scott said. "I think it's good for us (as a staff). As we come in and transition the offense to some of the things we did at Richmond, it's good to have two people that people can bounce things off of. At times Dave can spend time with the offensive line in the run game stuff and I can spend time with Stan in the pass game stuff.

"It's a very good situation for both of us."

Scott turned down a couple of previous opportunities to leave Div. 1-AA Richmond for BCS schools. He chose to accept the Tennessee offer largely because of Clawson.

"If I had to make this jump with somebody," he said, "obviously it was great to make it with Dave."

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