With just days before National Signing Day new head coach Derek Dooley may be piecing together the one of the most talented wide receiver classes in the country, but let's not forget about who is already on campus.
Dooley will no doubt have a stable of talented wide receivers heading into the 2010 season. With seniors Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones already on campus and more entering with the 2010 signing class look for the Vols to be a deep threat at receiver.
Let's take a look at the Volunteers receivers heading into the spring 2010.
Denarius Moore – Senior (Tatum, TX)
6'1" 190 lbs.
Entering 2010, Denarius Moore will no doubt be the Vols most experienced deep threat. Moore collected over 500 yards receiving during his junior season along with seven touchdowns.
Moore has emerged as a home run hitter for the Volunteers over the past two seasons and showed no signs of slowing throughout 2009.
Look for Moore to lead by example throughout the 2010 season and show the youngsters the ropes.
Gerald Jones – Senior (Oklahoma City, OK)
6'1" 199 lbs.
Gerald Jones led the Volunteers in receiving at the conclusion of 2009 with just short of 700 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Despite battling an early season ankle sprain, Jones still proved to be a constant in the Vols offense.
Jones plays with a raw emotion that can't be denied. With three years experience as a Tennessee Volunteers wideout, don't look for Jones to go anywhere in 2010.
Marsalis Teague – Sophomore (Paris, TN)
5'10" 180 lbs.
Marsalis Teague could be one of the more interesting storylines heading into spring football. The Volunteers appear to be reeling in an extremely large group at wide receiver and given Teague's size, the young wideout might end up on the defensive side of the football.
The Volunteers recruited Teague as an athlete that projected at both receiver and cornerback. Teague's services may be required in the defensive backfield after cornerback Dennis Rogan elected to leave early for the NFL draft.
Teague could emerge from spring practice at receiver or cornerback, but most think his skills translate as a cornerback in the NFL. Only Derek Dooley will be able to make that decision come spring.
Zack Rogers – Sophomore (Nashville, TN)
6'2" 170 lbs.
It may be tough sledding for Volunteer sophomore wide receiver Zack Rogers in 2010. Rogers played only in a limited role for the orange and white as a freshman, hauling in just three receptions for 19 yards.
With the Volunteers 2010 recruiting class seemingly stacked with wide receiver talent, Rogers may fall in the depth chart, although head coach Derek Dooley may have a soft spot for hardworking possession wide receivers, having walked on himself and earned a scholarship at Virginia.
Matt Milton – 4* Early Enroll (Mascoutah, IL)
6'6" 208 lbs.
Matt Milton is a prototypical NFL wide receiver. With massive size and 4.5 speed Milton could make an immediate impact for the Volunteers in 2010.
As a junior in high school Milton snagged 40 receptions, collecting almost 800 yards and nine touchdowns.
Look for Milton to emerge from spring practice as one of the Volunteers newest threats on the edge.
Ted Meline – 3* Early Enroll (North Miami, FL)
6'3" 170 lbs.
Early enrollee Ted Meline has all the elements of a great slot wide receiver. With height and 4.4 quickness Meline could shine early for the orange and white.
Meline's success will rely heavily on early experience during spring practice. His cohesiveness with the Vols quarterbacks could weigh heavily on his chance at early playing time.
Justin Hunter – 4* Commitment (Virginia Beach, VA)
6'4" 185 lbs.
Justin Hunter is another prototypical NFL receiver. His great size and 4.4 speed give him a tremendous shot at early playing time.
One of Hunter's main disadvantages will be that he will not participate in Tennessee's spring practice. Hunter's skill set brings a lot to the Tennessee table, but he may not be put to immediate use in 2010.
Derek Dooley and Jim Chaney will have no shortage of talented wide receivers heading into the 2010 season and with recruits like Markeith Ambles and Da'Rick Rogers still to sign they may be even deeper than originally thought. The real question is who will emerge out of such a talented group?