More on Anthony ‘Iron' Orr

Iron Man was the surprise hit of the summer and Anthony "Iron" Orr could hold the same distinction this fall as he plays his senior season at Sparkman High School in Harvest, Ala.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end isn't a super hero, but hye runs a reported 4.78 in the 40 and bench presses 315. As a junior he recorded 60 tackles with seven sacks. Against Huntsville High School he had six tackles, a blocked field goal and fumble recovery. In another 2007 game he posted a sack, three QB hurries and six tackles.

"We play a 4-3 and a 3-4," Orr told Inside Tennessee when asked about his high school's defensive front. "I play on the strong side usually. When we go to three-man front I'll stay on that side. I play a little tight end but not that much. Most every school is recruiting me as a defensive end."

Orr could eventually grow into a defensive tackle but he prefers playing end where he's developed moves and refined his technique over the years.

"I think rushing the quarterback is my strength," he said. "I have a lot of moves. My best move is probably an inside out rip."

Although he doesn't have the credentials that Turk McBride had when he came to Tennessee from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J., as the No. 5 defensive end in the country, Orr is nearly identical in terms of size and speed. He's also aggressive and is relentless on the rush. He has seen interest in his services increase dramatically as he has added weight and gained exposure. He's currently ranked No. 36 among players at his position and listed in Scout.com's top prospect 150 in the south. He is considering some 10 offers including offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

"I'm looking for a place with good academics and good coaches," he said. "A place where they want to win. I like the SEC a lot. That's what I've followed mostly."

Orr was at Alabama's camp last week but only participated on Monday. He visited Tennessee for the spring game and may return for Seniors Camp this weekend.

"I like Tennessee a lot," he volunteered. "I've got a good relationship with Coach Chavis. I like the facilities and school. The program has a winning tradition and I like that a lot."

"I'm going to try to take my visits this fall but I'll make it to some this summer too.," he said. "I might go to camp at Tennessee but I probably won't participate."

Orr would like to narrow his field this summer and take some more official visits this fall, but he's also growing a little weary of the recruiting process, and could decide to pull the trigger early.


Inside Tennessee Top Stories