An "Inside" look at Channing Fugate

In a new feature from InsideTennessee.com we will be looking at the University of Tennessee commitments through the eyes of their high school or junior college coaches. Giving all Vol fans an "Inside" look at the 2010 recruiting class of the Volunteers. Who knows their players better than their coaches? We begin this series on Channing Fugate. If you're not a premium member you're missing out.

In a new feature from InsideTennessee.com we will be looking at the University of Tennessee commitments through the eyes of their high school or junior college coaches.

Giving all Vol fans an "Inside" look at the 2010 recruiting class of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Who knows their players better than their coaches?

In this first edition of our new feature, InsideTennessee.com caught up with Breathitt County High School Kentucky Head Football Coach Mike Holcomb to get his thoughts on UT pledge Channing Fugate.

Fugate, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound athlete, plays running back and strong safety for his high school.

According to Coach Holcomb, the University of Tennessee is getting a great one.

"Channing does a little bit of everything for us," Coach Holcomb explained. "He is the type of athlete that is dominating at this level. He is our Mr. Football and he is in the running for the title of Mr. Football in the state of Kentucky."

Breathitt County kicked off the 2009 season with a big win Friday night 58-24, with Fugate leading the way.

Fugate finished the night with 13 carries for 224 yards and three touchdowns. He added a 90 yard kick off return for a score as well as a 53 yard punt return for a touchdown. If that wasn't enough, the leading tackler for his team in 2008 picked up five tackles from his strong safety position.

"Channing in an incredible athlete," Holcomb explained. "He has great vision and knows when to make his cuts while running the football. Tennessee is on point where they want to play him. He will be a perfect hybrid fullback at the next level."

Holcomb also feels that Fugate, who has great hands, is the type player that will continue to get bigger, faster and stronger once he reaches the college level.

"The Tennessee coaches love his hands," Holcomb said. "They pegged his talents perfectly. I have really been impressed with the Tennessee coaching staff and how they have recruited our school. Their entire coaching staff is has been first class to us and how they have handled his recruitment."

What kind of player is Tennessee getting?

"If he keeps being Channing he is going to be a great one," Holcomb said. "He is a very humble young man. When talking to him you wouldn't know he is top candidate for Mr. Football in Kentucky or committed to the University of Tennessee. He is a great football player, but he is even a better young man. He is an awesome person to be around."

With official offers from Tennessee, Purdue, Illinois, Stanford, Indiana, and Louisville, there is one school that is obviously missing.

"I for one can't understand why Kentucky wouldn't recruit this young man," Holcomb said. "It's too late now, Tennessee has stolen themselves a great one from our state. Kentucky fans will be scratching their heads over this one for a long time."

Fugate is rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com and ranked the No. 5 fullback in the nation.

Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for a weekly UT Commitment Tracker story each week, keeping up with these future Volunteer football players.


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