Vols Chase Swift Family Robinson

It speaks volumes about the nature of recruiting that here we are just past the halfway mark of 2008, and the Vols are already roughly half finished with the Class of 2009, and well into recruiting the Class of 2010, all of which puts a different slant on the phrase the future is now.

True those that recruit, as well as those that cover the recruited, have a focal length of three years. No time to sit back and admire their handiwork. Before one signing class arrives on campus, the ensuing class is already committing and the class after that is already fielding offers. A pair of prospects drawing early interest as well as offers are the Robinson twins, Marcus and Marvin, of Lake Region High School in Orlando, Fla. Both highly sought after safeties with enough athleticism to play other roles if called upon.

Marvin Robinson is listed at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, and some recruiting analysts are projecting him as the top DB in the Sunshine State. As a sophomore he logged 65 stops, four interceptions and two forced fumbles for the defense. In part-time duty on offense, he gained 475 yards as a running back.

Marvin's physical style and quickness jump off the screen from his 2007 season highlight tape. He's so impressive college coaches have gone out of their way to observe him in practices.

He has also taken some visits on his own this summer and one of his stops will be Knoxville.

"I plan to visit USC in July," he told Allen Trieu of Go Blue Wolverine, "and I'm going to Tennessee, they offered me and they came to my practice so I plan to go up there. I'm planning on going up to Michigan too."

Marvin was giving thought to announcing a commitment as early as this summer, but has since decided to wait out the process to avail himself to further offers.

Like Marvin, brother Marcus, 6-1, 195, is also being recruited heavily and has picked up some prominent offers. He played both sides of the ball as a sophomore. He picked off three passes at safety and ran for 450 yards and eight touchdowns as a running back. "Coaches have been coming to school to see me practice," said Robinson told Scout.com's Sonny Shipp. "Michigan, Ohio St., USC and Tennessee have all verbally offered me. All of them are great colleges to play at. I'm also interested in Oregon, LSU and Georgia.

"I'm going to Tennessee, Ohio St, and Michigan in July," he said. "I'm also going out to California to see USC, but I don't know when yet."

What no Noles, and Gators and Canes? Oh my.

"I'm not really interested in the Florida schools right now because I know I can get to know them later on," he said. "They are all so close I can learn about them whenever I want. So right now I'm more focused on learning about the out of state schools. I did forget to mention though that Florida has verbally offered me also."

In addition to offering the Robinsons, the Vols have offered Maurice Hagens, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound fullback from Tampa Bay Technical High School. He rushed for over 1,400 yards as a sophomore. Hagens also has an offer from LSU.

In the state of Tennessee, the Vols have reportedly extended an offer to James Stone, a 6-foot-4.5, 280-pound offensive guard from Maplewood Comprehensive High School in Nashville. Alabama has also offered Stone.

When it comes to recruiting, the Vols leave no Stone unturned.


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