Trio Tops UT Get List

Marlon Brown, Marsalis Teague and Eric Gordon comprise the Big Three in Tennessee, the last of the top tier in-state talent, and thus priority prospects for the Vols, who would love to land all three but would gladly settle for two out of three, as long as one of the two is Mr. Borwn, the state's No. 1 prospect and only five-star rated player.

All three have held offers from Tennessee for a year or more and remain prominent on the Vols recruiting board. Their importance has increased after two of the state's top prospects — offensive linemen Austin Long of Memphis Briarcrest and Alex Bullard of Brentwood Academy — chose offers from Georgia and Notre Dame respectively, over offers from the home state Vols.

The Brown Derby has been steadily advancing from a field of 34 to a more manageable six. Whatever the group lacks in size it more than makes up for in stature with Tennessee, Georgia, USC, Ohio State, Florida and LSU on the final list. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver plans to take visits to the each of finalist's campus. In addition to chemistry Brown is looking for the opportunity to play both football and basketball on the next level.

A decision from Brown is unlikely to be announced until signing day. As formidable as this field is the Vols have the combined efforts of super recruiters Phillip Fulmer and Bruce Pearl in their favor.

Eric Gordon, the standout cornerback from Nashville Hillsboro Comprehensive High School, also plans to wait until late in the recruiting process to make an announcement. And again, like Brown, he has an impressive list of finalists with Alabama, Louisville, Mississippi State, Miami, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Gordon, a 5-11, 186, four-star prospect with 4.4 speed and mega diversity, Gordon recorded 41 receptions for 816 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2007. For the defense he posted 77 tackles, with three interception two of which he returned for TDs. He also had a kickoff and a punt returned for a touchdown en route to earning AP All-Sate and Region Defensive MVP. in a recent interview with analyst Andrew Bone, Flash Gordon confirmed the Vols are fully engaged in steering him to Tennessee.

"Tennessee is really recruiting me more than the others schools," said Gordon who is ranked No, 26 nationally at his position. "They are sending me twice as much mail, and they stay in a lot of contact with me."

There is plenty of intrigue with Marsalis Teague, of Henry County High School in Paris. Ranked the nation's No. 28 quarterback nationally by, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect probably has a better long range future at defensive back or wide receiver where he could make maximum use of his 4.45 speed. However his ability to run the option makes him a subject of great interest to sprint-option offenses like Michigan now has under Rich Rodriguez.

However it's Miami that holds the current edge over Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Another element of interest in the recruitment of Teague is the status of teammate Dominique Allen, a 250-pound fullback with quick feet and outstanding power. Allen committed to Tennessee last April but has wavered some after a visit last month to LSU. Allen had been actively recruiting Teague for Tennessee.

If the Vols are to have a successful recruiting season by home-state standards two of these three need to sign with UT.

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