Michael Bush, a quarterback from Louisville who is rated Parade's "Top All-Purpose Player," hasn't totally eliminated the Vols. However, he is believed to be headed for the University of Louisville or maybe Ohio State.
Tennessee made a big push for some of Parade's premier quarterbacks but came up empty. Top-rated Chris Leak (Charlotte, N.C.) picked Florida, second-ranked Kyle Wright (Danville, Calif.) picked Miami and fourth-ranked JaMarcus Russell (Mobile, Ala.) is expected to pick either LSU or Florida State.
UT made the final five on four of Parade's top linebacker prospects before dropping out of contention. The four are top-rated Ernie Sims (Tallahassee, Fla.), second-ranked Wesley Jefferson (Brandywine, Calif.), fourth-ranked Earl Everett (Bushnell, Fla.) and sixth-ranked Shawn Crable (Massillon, Ohio).
Tennessee signed seven Parade All-Americans last February -- offensive linemen Rob Smith, Heath Benedict and Brandon Jefferies, defensive ilneman Jonathan Mapu, kicker James Wilhoit, quarterback James Banks and running back Gerald Riggs, Jr.