Each and every week we at InsideTennessee.com answer you the reader's questions in regards to the University of Tennessee recruiting. This 2010 class of Lane Kiffin and staff is shaping up to be a great one, we are happy to answer our subscribers questions and give our feedback on the subject.
Question: James in your opinion who was the most impressive defensive lineman at last week's camp. Was it one of our commitments?
Answer: To be very honest with you I have to go with Brandon Willis of South Carolina. J.C. Copeland and Jacques Smith are very impressive, but there is something about Willis that gives him the advantage. He has a little better size than the other two and is the type of defender all colleges are looking for. He has great upper body strength and great quickness off the edge. He can play defensive end now and if he grows can become a great defensive tackle.
Question: James what are your feelings on J.C. Copeland after see him perform. Is he too short to play at the SEC level?
Answer: One word describes J.C. better than anything else that word is Explosive. Everyone has always says dynamite comes in small packages, that would be a good way to describe him. He explodes off the ball and has great up body strength and is part of that explosion package. His initial punch gives him an advantage over most opposition. Very, very quick feet and he knows how to use all his talents (which includes leverage due to his lack of height) to his full advantage. He is a great steal for the Vols.
Question: Is Jacques Smith as good as advertised?
Answer: He is most definitely is. He has a lean athletic frame that has a lot of room to grow. He comes off the edge as good as most. He will continue to get better at the next level as he learns different techniques to over power and get by much stronger opponents. At this point in his career he is a man among boys, he will need great fundamentals in the SEC which he will get under the direction of Ed Orgeron and Monte Kiffin. He will be a great defender for Tennessee.
Question: Some so called experts claimed that James Stone was awful at camp, is this true and James in your opinion what are his strengths and weaknesses. Should the Vols still pursue him?
Answer: Well its one thing to call yourself an expert it's another to have others call you one based on your credentials and your past history evaluating talent. James Stone had a bad day at camp for whatever reason especially the first half of the day. The second half of camp he rebounded well and earned MVP honors from the coaching staff (Would take their judgment of the situation over ours.) James has great size and a great frame to put on more size. He is very athletic and moves well. With pads on he will do much better in one on one competition. As far as should the Vols still go after him, guys don't kid yourself Stone is still the best offensive lineman in the state of Tennessee. He has great feet, something that you can't teach. His pledge is much needed in this class and wherever he ends up you will see him have a very successful college career if he stays healthy. As far as my background, I have evaluated film and talent for five years on the college football side of things and five years on this side of the wall. One of my first signees is a young man many of you may recognize the name of. He is Al Harris of the Green Bay Packers. I signed him at Trinity Valley Community College where he began his football career and he is still playing for the Packers.
Question: In your opinion who was the most talented wide receiver at camp last week.
Answer: This by far is the hardest question to answer. I would probably have to say if I had to select one it would have to be junior to be Jarvis Landry from Louisiana. With a camp loaded with names such as Markeith Ambles, Blake Sims, Trovon Reed, this was one position that was very well represented. Landry is a special talent and should be one of the top five athletes coming out of Louisiana next fall. He has great speed, great hands and is electric when he touches the football. He can score from anywhere on the field at anytime.