Kiffin Lands Tennessee Trio

Faced with the prospect of losing the state's top prospect, UT has rebounded by landing three other Tennessee high school seniors to represent the Volunteers and underscore Coach Lane Kiffin's goal of keeping the best in-state prospects at home, as Eric Gordon joins Marsalis Teague and Greg King in UT's Class of 2009.

Eric Gordon, 5-11, 186, 4.4, Nashville Hillsboro Comprehensive High School, is another of Tennessee's top five prospects. Rated a four-star prospect he is ranked No. 29 among the nation's cornerback crop and could also play wide receiver, running back and return specialist. In 2008, Gordon rushed for 539 yards and 10 touchdowns on 63 carries. He caught 49 passes for 761 yards and nine touchdowns. On defense he recorded 38 tackles (31 solo) and five interceptions which he returned for 154 yards. He returned 22 kicks for 429 yards and led Hillsboro to the state championship, taking MVP honors in the title tilt against Maryville

Marsalis Teague, 5-10, 175, 4.5, Henry County High School in Paris, is one of the state's top five prospects and a Florida commitment before his surprise signing with Tennessee. Ranked the nation's No. 18 cornerback prospect, Teague can also play receiver and is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the Class of 2009. As a senior, Teague led Henry Co. to a 13-1 record by connecting on 69 percent of his pass attempts for 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns. while completing 69 percent of his passes and scoring 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,270 yards and 18 touchdowns. A playmaker of the first order, Teague reports a 4.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. He scored a 21 on hiis ACT.

Greg King, 6-3, 205, 4.6, Memphis Melrose, is a rapid riser in recruiting rankings following a senior campaign in which he recorded 130 tackles, four sacks and four fumbles. Rated No. 30 at strong-side linebacker, he was offered by Auburn, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State among others. He played mostly at defensive end as a junior posting 70 stops, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles. Needs some polishing but his raw ability is definitely next level. He reports a 315-pound bench press, 455 squat and 36-inch vertical leap. He's the first Memphis Melrose prospect the Vols have signed since Mondre Dickerson in 2000.


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