Elite WR touring UT

One of America's elite receiver prospects visited Tennessee a year ago and really liked what he saw. But Derek Dooley has succeeded Lane Kiffin as the Vols' head coach since then.

That's why Saginaw (Mich.) superstar DeAnthony Arnett decided to return to UT for today's High School Camp and see how the new head man is running things. Arnett made the eight-hour drive to Knoxville, along with older brother Ralph and Travontis Richardson, Saginaw High's talented junior quarterback.

"DeAnthony wants to get a good feel for the new coach," Ralph Arnett said. "He already has a good, strong relationship with (receivers) Coach (Charlie) Baggett.

"We just want to get a better view of the campus and the coaching staff. DeAnthony may camp this weekend. He likes to camp wherever he goes."

Rated a 4-star recruit and the No. 6 receiver prospect in America by Scout.com, the dynamic 6-0, 170-pound Arnett recently narrowed his college options to a half-dozen finalists. The Vols made the cut.

"He's down to six now - Tennessee, Cal, Oklahoma, Michigan State, USC and Iowa," Ralph Arnett said.

Asked if the recent NCAA penalties imposed on Southern Cal affected DeAnthony's interest in the Trojans, Ralph replied: "Not at all. Not as of right now."

As noted earlier, DeAnthony already clicked with Baggett, the Vols' first-year receivers coach. The prospect also seems to be fond of Tennessee's other new staff members.

"He likes them a lot," Ralph Arnett said. "I think that's a big part of why they made his top six."

Whereas DeAnthony Arnett is a prospect for UT's Class of 2011, teammate Richardson is on the Vols' radar for the Class of 2012.

"He threw for around 2,000 yards and about 15 touchdowns last fall," Ralph Arnett said. "That's pretty good for a 10th-grader. He's about 6-2 1/2 and pretty athletic. He's here (UT camp) to work to get better. Hopefully, he and DeAnthony will have a great season."

Asked if Saginaw High's quarterback and receiver might attend the same school, Ralph Arnett chuckled.

"I don't know but they're pretty tight," he said. "Anything's possible."

As one of America's premier wideout prospects, DeAnthony Arnett has a big decision to make before enrolling in college. He is not taking that decision lightly.

"There's no timetable," Ralph said. "He's just taking his time with these six (finalists), making sure he develops strong relationships with them."


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