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Q:How many QB's do you see us taking in this class now that we have a 'walk-on'?
A: With the departure of B. J. Coleman and the fact that Jon Crompton is a senior, I think you have to take two quarterbacks in this class and even another preferred walk-on if possible. Do you take 3 if the right ones present themselves? I have seen it work before, but most likely won't happen here.
Q: If you had to guess, who do you think the first Quarterback will be to pull the trigger for Tennessee?
A: This is a toss up. I truly think the top three targets are Jake Heaps, Jesse Scroggins and Andrew Hendrix. If the Vols offer Hendrix this week after seeing him throw Monday morning, he might the first one to jump on board. I don't believe that Heaps is a silent commitment. That doesn't make sense, why would you keep the No. 1 QB in the country a silent, the Vols would use his pledge to get other high profile players to jump aboard.
Q: How many offensive linemen do you see this staff signing this year? Do you foresee any Juco OL?
A: I think they take as many as possible, look for the Vols to take at least 6 on the defensive front and at least five or six on the offensive front. Yes that's 12 folks. If the right players aren't there, then they will take 10. They won't take a big guy if he isn't what the staff is looking for, just to put an extra number up. Yes it wouldn't surprise me if the Vols take a JC lineman or two on both sides of the ball if they fit the mold they are looking for.
Q: When do you expect the next commitments?
A: Any minute.. Every time my phone rings I think it could be one, I'm confident there are a couple of prospects ready to pull the trigger, the hold up is probably the coaching staff wants to make sure they are exactly what they looking for. If they pass the eye ball test physically (which means are they really 6-4 or 6-2 etc.) With this staff commitments could truly happen at any moment. Remember the more nationally ranked top recruits you go after, you have to wait longer. These are the type of guys who will wait until signing day to make a decision known publically.
Q: Based on your opinion, who leads for William Gholston?
Based on your opinion, is Vols chances for QB Heaps still less than 50-50?
A: Michigan might have the edge for Gholston, I would also say he may have interest in Miami and Illinois. I definitely think that Michigan State could also be a player; I feel that Tennessee is definitely in the mix after his visit. I understand from friends that were at the Spring Game that saw Gholston said he was a truly impressive looking athlete. If the Vols pull this one off it will be because of Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron.
A: BYU being in the lead for Heaps? I'm not so sure about that. Yes he is a devout Mormon, but has said that his religion won't play a factor. I have always said Washington might hold an edge because of being home for him. I have said all along it will depend on whether winning is important to him earlier, if that's the case he picks Tennessee. Mormons like taking missions, lets hope he considers coming to Rocky Top as a four year mission.