QB picks Dooley ... again

One young quarterback wants so badly to play for Derek Dooley that he signed with him not once, but twice.

That would be Doak Raulston, a 6-2, 190-pounder from Fort Worth, Texas. He signed with Dooley's Louisiana Tech team in February of 2009, redshirted with the Bulldogs last fall, then transferred to Tennessee.

Raulston completed 172 of 271 passes for 3,026 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior at All Saints Episcopal High School in 2008. He also ran for 840 yards and 8 more TDs, earning first-team all-conference honors and leading his team to a 10-1 record. He was nominated for Private School Player of the Year in the Lone Star State.

Dooley has just three scholarship quarterbacks now that sophomore Nick Lamaison has left the program, so the addition of Raulston provides some insurance at the game's most critical position. Still, the first-year Vol coach checked with Sonny Dykes, his successor at Louisiana Tech, before accepting Raulston as a transfer.

"I had a good conversation with Coach Dykes because I didn't want there to be any appearance that I'm trying to get him (Raulston) here," Dooley said. "He's going to walk on. He wants to give it a shot at a big school, so we're welcoming him back."

Assessing the transfer's skills, Dooley said he "liked everything about him coming out of high school."

Because Raulston faced second-tier competition at All Saints Episcopal, he was not regarded as a hot prospect. Scout, for instance, ranked him No. 94 nationally among QB prospects.

"He was at a small private school so he put up a lot of numbers, and probably didn't get recruited highly," Dooley said. "But there were a couple of Big 12 schools that offered him. And we were real happy to get him at Louisiana Tcch.

"We'll see how he fits in and stacks up against our guys."

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