Vols Load Up Visitors List

A sure sign Tennessee is behind the recruiting competition can measured by the Vols visitors list this weekend which may include as many, if not more, prospects than UT has commitments.

But if you can assembly 17 impressive prospects on short notice with only 12 days left till national signing day. It says a lot about your the powers of persuasion possessed by Kiffin and his Cracker Jack crew of recruiters. The list includes some return visitors, some solid commitments, some soft verbals and some who had de-committed from Tennessee and others who are committed to other schools. The solid commitments are Kevin Revis, Damien Thigpin and James Green. Among the returning visitors Morgan Moses, Darren Myles and Marsalis Teague. D.T. Shacklelford is still a soft verbal to UT while offensive lineman JerQuari Schofield, who was once committed to Tennessee, is expected on campus this weekend. Here are some of the other prospects who are expected to visit. • Jarrett Brown,6-4, 237, 4.7, DE Bowie (Texas) High School, Arlington. A non-rated prospect he has raw talent and goo upside. Has offers from Kansas, Kansas State, Purdue and Fresno State among others.

* Michael Edwards, 5-11, 175, 4.4, Glenville (Ohio) High School, Cleveland, is the nation's No. 21 cornerback in the Class of 2009. Some feel he'll become a receiver. Visited Minnesota last week. He is also considering offers from MIchigan, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Illinois. The Vols could close him out with a good visit. His teammate No. 5 offensive tackle Marcus Hall is slated to visit UT next week.

Shane Gordon, 6-0, 220, 4.5, LB, Cypress Bay (Fla.) High School In Weston is ranked No. 38 by Scout.com at middle linebacker. He has numerous offers including a list of favorites that includes Auburn, Mississippi, Pittsburgh, South Florida and Syracuse in addition to UT.

Kendrick Hardy, 6-1, 215, RB Lawrence County (Miss.) High School, Monticello, is ranked No. 46 running back but could play linebacker. Named a U.S.Army All-American he committed last week to Southern Miss over offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Oregon. Hardy rushed for 1,762 yards on 177 carries with 19 touchdowns as a senior.

Alshon Jeffrey, 6-4, 210, 4.4, Calhoun County (SC) High School, St. Matthews, is the No. 22 ranked WR. Committed to Southern Cal but is looking closer to home with the Vols and Gamecocks both in play. Has the physical gifts to be a feature receiver and a go-to target in the red zone.

* Morgan Moses, 6-7, 332, 5.2, OL/DL Meadowbrook (Va.) High School, Richmond, is a four-star prospect and the No. 15 ranked offensive tackle. He visited UT on Oct. 25 and is returning to meet the new staff. He is also considering Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

A.J. McCarron, 6-4, 185, 5.06, St. Paul's Episcopal, Mobile, Ala., is the nation's No. 17 ranked quarterback and a longtime Alabama commitment. He's also showing some interest in Ole Miss and Oklahoma. Reportedly recruited by former Alabama linebacker coach Lance Thompson, this four-star signal caller is UT's last best chance for adding a QB in this class, but the Vols started off way behind.

Nyshier Oliver, 5-10, 170, 4.4, S, RB, St. Peters Prep (N.J.), Jersey School, Jersey City is ranked No. 20 at safety was committed to Tennessee last summer but later switched to Norte Dame. He takes another look at UT under new management.

Petey Smith, 6-1, 248, 4.87, LB Armood (Fla.) High School, Seffner-Armwood, has vacillated between Auburn and Alabama but is a strong Bama lean now that James Willis is in Tuscaloosa. Ranked No. 19 at MLB he may he destined for the defensive line.

Marsalis Teague, 5-10, 175, CB/ATH, Henry County (Tenn.) High School, Paris, is the nation's No. 18 ranked corner. The Vols try to pull this prized in-state prospect out of the mouths of the Gators and back into the Big Orange fold.

Quinton Washington, 6-4, 322, No. 19 rated offensive guard, Timberland (S.C.) High School, Saint Stephens. After official visits to Clemson and South Carolina in the first two weeks of January, Washington is in Knoxville this week and Miami next week. Could become a defensive lineman but most like his size and mobility at guard.


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