Big Orange Wish List

It wouldn't be Christmas here at Inside Tennessee without the obligatory prospect wish list being served up as a traditional holiday offering, but this year's targets can make difference next fall.

But this year UT's signing class will be pertinent to the program's progress in a profound way. For the first time in a long time Tennessee is in a rebuilding mode and under new direction. As many contributors as Lane Kiffin can corral for his cause, between now and national signing day, the better Tennessee's chances of a rapid rebound. That's particularly true because the existing talent level at the skill positions is low and the Vols' are installing their third offense in as many seasons.

With the non-contact period putting recruiting on pause, it's a great time for KIffin to get his staff in place and come back with some big visit weekends in January. He has already added three players to the commitment list and currently has 17 prospects in the fold. He hasn't said how many scholarships he will hand out, but 25 is a good starting point. That means adding in the area of eight prospects.

Without further ado here is IT's prospect wish list just in time for an orange and white Christmas. The group of eight will be divided into four on each unit beginning with

No. 1 (with a bullet) Marlon Brown: As he has been all season Brown is the clear choice as the state's top prospect and a must-have seeing he plays a position of great need for Tennessee. Rated the nation's No. 4 wide receiver prospect and the state's only five-star prospect the 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver fills the bill as the type of big target and deep threat the Vols need. His significance to UT's program was underscored when Lane Kiffin made Memphis Harding Academy his first official recruiting visit as Tennessee head coach.

No. 2 Morgan Moses: To run a pro-style offensive you need big linemen who can run block and pass block. Moses is 6-foot-7, 345 pounds with 5.2 speed. O-lineman Pete White of Washington D.C. is ranked a little higher but he's not as big or as fast as Moses who has the look of a potential four-year starter up front for the Vols. Despite his long arms, Moses bench presses 380 pounds.

No. 3 Ashlon Jeffrey: This 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver is just what the Vols are looking for a big pass-catcher with breakaway ability. Jeffrey plays for Saint Matthews in Calhoun County, Ga. He committed to USC last fall but has decided to take other visits. Of course, being a good fit for the Trojans system means he would be a fit for the Vols system. And Knoxville is a lot closer than Los Angeles. An excellent leaper, Jeffrey has his last official visit set for UT (Jan. 23). That could put the Vols in good position to pull the upset. He has a visit set for South Carolina on Jan. 14. He'll choose between those schools.

No. 4 Brandon Moore: Another prototypical NFL type offensive lineman at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, the Carver Senior High School senior is ranked the nation's No. 23 offensive tackle prospect. He is being heavily recruited by Alabama and Auburn. Moore isn't as refined in terms of technique as the other O-lineman UT is recruiting but his upside is outstanding. He has official visits next month to Clemson, Florida and Miami. He visited USC in November, and the Vols are hoping to land his final official visit.

DEFENSE No. 1 Joe Bostic: A 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Palm Beach High School in Wellington, Fla., is as good an all around athlete in the Class of 2009. Rated the nation's No. 3 linebacker prospect, he has 4.50 speed and an ability to change directions on a dime. Playing in Monte Kiffin's scheme, Bostic could become a middle linebacker and has the talent to make an early impact.

No. 3 Raynard Rudolph, is a 6-foot-2, 320-pound block of a man who plays at both offensive guard and defensive tackle. Rated the nation's No. 54 defensive lineman, Rudolph of Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, Md., has the build to be a run stopper inside.

No. 3 Alex Williams, 6-5, is beginning to gain the attention a prospect of his caliber deserves. As a junior at Florida A&M University High School, he recorded 19 sacks including 12 in the first four games. Also an all-state basketball player Williams averaged 19 points and 12 rebounds per game. Has Arkansas and Mississippi at the top of his list with Michigan and Tennessee closing in recent weeks. A potential impact player and a difference maker off the edge.

No. 4 Allen King, is a 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker who is the latest high caliber prospect from Memphis Melrose to draw national attention. He is currently leaning to Alabama. He has also been offered by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Tennessee and Texas Tech. The Vols still have a chance to make it a contest. King has visited only Texas Tech to this point and has no visits scheduled . Would be a very good pickup for a program looking to keep the best prospects ts in state.


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