Good Fellows: Arkansas DB Commits To Vols

Tennessee's fifth official commitment didn't come from one of its official visitors this weekend but rather from a player who has yet to visit.

Roshaun Fellows of Warren, Ark., announced his decision to sign with Tennessee moments after his team won the state Class-AAA Championship Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock.

The Lumberjacks completed a 14-1 season and won their second straight state title with a 38-28 victory over Rivercrest. Fellows led the Warren defense with seven tackles, ran the ball once for 13 yards and caught five passes for 78 yards in the victory.

He said he made his commitment to the Vols three weeks ago, but waited until after the championship to go public with his decision, making Fellows one of the so-called silent commitments Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer alluded to during a recent press conference.

Fellows, 6-1, 185, 4.41, plays safety and wide receiver for the Lumberjacks and projects as a cornerback in college. He may be one of the nation's most underrated prospects given that he's rated one star by The Insiders on a scale of zero to four, despite having offers from Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi, Missouri and Mississippi State among others.

As a junior, Fellows caught 59 passes for 944 yards and 14 touchdowns. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown and averaged 21 yards per return. On defense, he picked off 10 passes and took one to the house. What's most impressive about Fellows is the unique combination of size and speed he brings to the corner in addition to outstanding coverage skills.

"Tennessee has offered Fellows a scholarship and I think he's pretty much leaning to them," Warren coach Bo Hembree said when interviewed by Inside Tennessee two weeks ago. "He hasn't taken a visit yet, but he's set it up for some time in January."

Fellows is qualified with his core, but fell one point short on his ACT after taking it the first time. He's expected to make that score on his next attempt.

Fellows is one of three players on Warren's squad the Vols have reportedly offered scholarships, along with Bret Smith and Terrance Hampton. Smith, rated No. 20 nationally at wide receiver is the best known of this talented trio.

"Smith has been offered by about everybody in the nation," said Hembree. "They've all been offered by Tennessee."

Smith, who doesn't currently list a favorite, is considering Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi after also entertaining offers from Michigan and UCLA.

Despite playing with a sprain ankle, Smith caught 12 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown in the title tilt and finished with over 1,000 yards passing, rushing and receiving this season.

As a junior, Smith (5-11, 175, 4.5) compiled one of the most productive seasons in the nation, catching an incredible 103 passes for 1889 yards (18.3 yards per catch) and 23 touchdowns to lead Warren to a 15-0 record and the state championship. That averages out to nearly seven catches for 130 yards and 1.6 TDs per game. In one game against perennial state pigskin power Nashville, he had 12 receptions for 300 yards and three touchdowns.

Hampton, 5-11, 195, 4.45, had over 1,000 yards in receptions this season and is ranked No. 60 nationally by The Insiders. Hembree describes Hampton as a "big-play type guy" with solid skills.

"Tennessee and Arkansas have offered," said Hampton. "I also like Ole Miss, Florida and Oklahoma State. I'm waiting until after our season ends before setting my visits. I plan to wait until after my visits before making my decision."

Hampton still has some work to do in the classroom to get fully qualified.


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