UT Entertains, Impresses Talented Trio

Tennessee's visit weekend was small in terms of numbers but huge in terms talent, as two of the nation's top 10 wide receiver prospects, Jayson Swain and Anthony Hill, and one of the nation's biggest offensive lineman, Donovan Davis, officially toured the campus.

From the feedback each of these highly coveted prospects provided Inside Tennessee, the Vols will be tough to overtake come signing day.

Anthony "Amp" Hill (6-3, 200, 4.47) declared his official visit to Tennessee a "10" and his one-on-one with Coach Phillip Fulmer as "great" when contacted upon his return home to Jacksonville, Fla., tonight.

Hill, who is rated the nation's No. 10 wide receiver by The Insiders, was particularly impressed by what Tennessee had to offer in the way of early playing time.

"Knowing that I could come in and play as a freshman is important," he said. "That's my thing in this whole recruiting game. Having him (Fulmer) show me the depth chart and actually seeing it with my own eyes made a difference."

Hill, who plans to major in mass communications, was hosted by Florida native Tony Brown and is being recruited by Vol assistant coach Jimmy Ray Stephens. Hill describes his relationship with Stephens as "very good" while pointing out that Stephens was recruiting him for Florida under Steve Spurrier.

The electrifying "Amp" had 63 receptions and hauled in eight touchdowns this season for a 3-7 First Coast High School squad. He also returned three kickoffs and a punt for scores.

Hill had 66 receptions for 814 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. He also averaged 15.6 points per game in basketball and competes in four track events (400-meters, four-by-400, high jump, and 200-meters).

With visits to North Carolina and LSU behind him, Hill will take an official to Florida this weekend and will wrap it up with a trip to Tallahassee on Jan. 10.

Hill refuses to name a leader but indicates Tennessee has significantly moved up in his eyes. He said he may wait until signing day to announce something official, but expects to have his decision made soon after his FSU visit.

This was the first official visit for Donavon "Big Dawg" Davis (6-7, 330, 5.6) who is rated the nation's No. 26 offensive lineman by The Insiders

"It was great," said Davis, who plays his football at Callways High School in Jackson, Miss. "I loved it. The facilities were nice and all the people were nice. I love the coaching staff. It was all real nice. They definitely moved up in my own personal ratings."

Davis is scheduled to visit Georgia this weekend and plans to visit Georgia Tech on Jan. 10 and Mississippi State on Jan. 17. He is also considering Auburn and LSU.

Huntsville Grissom High School All-American Jayson Swain (6-1, 205, 4.45), who is rated the nation's No. 9 wide receiver, concurred with Hill in rating his visit to Tennessee a "10" on a scale from 1 to 10.

That positive experience during his official visit to Knoxville, which came one week after an "excellent" unofficial visit for the Tennessee-Kentucky game, has convinced him to reduce his field of suitors in half.

"Alabama's not even in the picture," he said. "It's between Tennessee, Michigan and Georgia."

In addition to crossing Alabama off his list, Swain has also, apparently, dropped Florida and Arkansas from further consideration. He has a Jan. 10 visit planned to Georgia, and he's already visited Michigan (Nov. 2).

Considered one of the nation's premier play-makers Swain said "early playing time" will be a big factor in his choice of schools. Undoubtedly, Tennessee's need for wide receivers is something the Bulldogs and Wolverines will be hard pressed to match.

Over his high school career, Swain has 285 catches for 3,510 yards and 37 TD passes. He's also a standout in the defensive secondary.

The only thing Jayson lacks when compared with the other two prospects visiting Tennessee this weekend is a colorful nickname like Amp or Big Dawg.


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