Diminutive dynamo

Good things really do come in small packages. Just ask Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley.

The Vol boss appears to have made 5-foot-7, 188-pound Jerron Seymour of Hialeah (Fla.) High School a priority for the Vols' 2011 signing class. The head man himself recently delivered UT's recruiting pitch to the diminutive dynamo.

"We spoke by phone, and I liked the impression he made," said Seymour, who averaged a mind-boggling 12-plus yards per carry en route to 1,576 rushing yards last fall. "He said he'd love to have me up there at Tennessee, that I'd be a great fit. I'm hoping we can talk some more, build a relationship in the future."

The speedy tailback claims a 4.39 clocking in the 40-yard dash and a 285-pound bench press. He says he scored touchdowns on 22 of his 126 rushing attempts last fall and estimates that he caught a dozen or so passes on "screens and little check-down routes."

Seymour, who also stars as a kick returner, does not play any defense. He says he loves playing running back because of "just being able to control the game. It's like you're free to do whatever you want when you've got the ball in your hands - scoring touchdowns and getting a lot of yards."

Pegged first-team All-Dade County and honorable mention all-state as a junior, he says he already has scholarship offers from Tennessee, Florida International, West Virginia, Memphis, Marshall, Kansas State and Cincinnati.

Although he hasn't visited Knoxville yet, Seymour plans to do so in the very near future.

"I'm going up to Tennessee's camp this summer," he said. "I want one of my first official visits to be Tennessee. I'd also like to visit West Virginia. I would like to get out of state for college. My high school coach, Mark Berman, is coming up for Tennessee's camp and bringing several of us with him."

Seymour describes his playing style as "explosive," adding: "I can break a big run at any point in the game. I'm a big-play maker. "

Making big plays comes easily for him. Making big decisions does not. That's why Seymour is in no hurry to announce where he intends to play collegiately.

"I probably won't really start to decide on a college until after my high school season," he said. "It'll probably be January."


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