VOL HAUL 2008

It's National Signing Day and these are the high school prospects the Vols have added to their roster including a couple of late pick ups that will bolster the Class of 2008.

Tauren Poole, RB-41, (Stephens County HS) Toccoa, GA, 5-10/200/4.60, committed 10/26/2006; Summary: A hard runner with remarkable durability, Poole was a three-year starter who has outstanding balance and vision. An honor student he is already enrolled at Tennessee.

Austin Johnson, No. 20 MLB, (Hickory HS) Hickory, NC, 6-3/240, committed 09/24/2006; Summary: Recorded a an astounding total of 211 tackles as a junior to lead Hickory to an 11-0 regular season record. Accomplished in the classroom as well Austin is already enrolled at UT and taking part in off-season workouts.

Prentiss Waggner, No. 86 CB, 3 stars (Clinton HS) Clinton, LA, 6-2/175/4.50, committed 01/28/2008; This two-time first team Class-2A All-State selection could play wide receiver or in the secondary. Had 16 INTs as a junior and nine as a senior.

Stephaun Raines, S JC, (Coffeyville) Coffeyville, KS 6-0/175, 4.38; Committed 01/20/2008; Summary: A real flyer from Dalton High School who went the Junior College route to reach UT with four years of elgibility; Will get his first look at safety, but could also play receiver.

Aaron Douglas, No.16 TE, four stars (Maryville HS), Maryville, TN, 6-6/230/4.90, committed 07/31/2006; The first prospect to committ to the Vols and the only four-star player going into Signing Day. Has the makings of a tight end or could grow into an offensive tackle.

Gerald Williams, MLB JC, (CC of San Francisco) San Francisco, CA, 6-4/240/4.55, committed 12/13/2007; Summary: Has the distinction of being a part of UT's last four signing classes. His long awaited debut may come this fall. He could step into MLB competition or become a defensive end.

Willie Bohannon, No. 84 DE, 3 stars (Mattie T Blount HS) Prichard, AL, 6-3/240/4.80, committed 01/28/2008; Summary: He originally committed to Kentucky but changed his mind after a visit to UT. Compiled a standout total of 42 sacks in his prep career. Could become DT down the road.

E.J. Abrams-Ward, No. 8 SLB, four stars (Thomasville High School) Thomasville, N.C., 6-5/210/4.55, committed 02/06/2007/ Summary: An excellent athlete with outstanding size and closing speed, Abrams-Ward gives the Vols a major Signing Day boost to help solidify this class. Versatile enough to play QB for his high school in addition to fullback, receiver and linebacker.

Dallas Thomas, No. 35 OT, 3 stars (Scotlandville Magnet HS) Baton Rouge, La., 6-5. 275, 5.1, committed 02/06/2008/ Summary: An All-State choice as a junior and senior, Thomas did not allow a sack and graded out at 92 percent as in 2007. An excellent signing day pick-up for the Vols.

Herman Lathers, No. 27 WLB, 3 stars (Scotlandville Magnet HS) Baton Rouge, LA, 6-0.5/205/4.50, committed 11-15-2007; Summary: Amassed a two-year total of 204 tackles with 21sacks as a junior and senior. Good instincts and a nice fit for UT's system.

Casey Kelly, No. 21 QB, 3 stars (Sarasota HS) Sarasota, FL, 6-4/195/4.60, committed 01/30/2008; Summary: A two-sport star who plans to play baseball (shortstop) as well as football for UT. As a junior he connected on 128-of-223 (57 percent) for 1,809 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Preston Bailey, No. 30 OT, three stars (Montgomery Bell Academy) Nashville, TN, 6-5/315, committed 08/29/2007; Summary: Considered by many to be the best offensive linemen in the state. First team all-state chose the UT over offers from Florida, Miami, Michigan and Notre Dame.

Ben Bartholomew, No.8 FB, 3-stars (Montgomery Bell Academy) Nashville, TN, 6-3/220, committed 04/22/2007; Summary: This UT legacy follows in the footsteps of his older brother Will as a fullback for the Vols and hs great grandfather. Could play linebacker or might become an H-Back for the Vols.

Carson Anderson, No. 53 OG, (Florence HS) Florence, AL, 6-2/275, committed 03/31/2007; Summary: Another Tennessee legacy his father and uncle both played for the Vols under Bill Battle and Johnny Majors. Anderson had a stellar senior season in which he graded out at 95 percent without allowing a sack.

Marlon Walls, No.14 SLB, 3 stars (Olive Branch HS) Olive Branch, MS, 6-4/215/4.55, committed 01/26/2008; Summary: A big linebacker with range, Walls had 13 sacks as a junior at Memphis Wooddale and caught five touchcdown passes. Known as "The Beast."

Steven Fowlkes, No. 29 DE, 3 stars (Banneker HS) College Park, GA 6-5/215, 4.58 committed 08-16-2007; Summary: Very athletic and capable of helping the Vols as a quick side defensive end or he could develop into a big wide receiver

Montori Hughes, No. 49 DT, 3 stars (Siegel HS) Murfreesboro, TN, 6-5/255 4.8, committed 01/28/2008; Summary: Named 4-5A Defensive MVP as a senior, Hughes was overlooked by most major programs until UT coaches saw him perform in the Tennessee All-Star Classic.

Rodriguez Wilks, No. 75 WR, 3 stars (Smyrna HS) Smyrna, TN,6-0.5/196/4.56, committed 09/19/2007; Summary: One of the most talented players in this class and underrated at No. 75 nationally, a two-way performer at Smyrna High he was the MVP of the 2006 Class-5A championsihp game.


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