Top Talent of Tennessee: # 41 - 37

The Top Talent of Tennessee series continues and today we pick things up with number 41 on the list. Find out what to expect in 2008 from these players and who they are looking to impress with their efforts this year.

# 41 – Nick Nelms, 5-11, 215 wide receiver and linebacker from Germantown-Houston (Tenn.) is a good football player hoping to make his senior season great. Nelms is being recruited by a few schools to play either position at the next level. As a receiver he runs clean routes and is able to provide good size on crossing routes. Last year he showed his fierce ability to cut to the football and make plays from the linebacker position earning him all region honors. Nelms hopes a strong 2008 campaign may help him with the recruiting process. Right now he is hearing from Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Western Kentucky.

# 40 – Matthew Crowder, 6-2.5, 201 pound linebacker from Blountville-Sullivan North (Tenn.) may be a big force in Northeast Tennessee this season. Crowder has good size and a good ability to shed blockers from his linebacker position. On offense he projects to help his team from the tight end position by lending some of his athletic ability. Right now he looks to be very interested in continuing his playing days in the Ivy League. He is receiving a lot of interest from Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.

# 39 – Tyler Clark, 6'3, 195 pound quarterback prospect from Oak Ridge (Tenn.) will lead his team in the 2008 season. Clark is a two sport athlete with football and basketball on his plate and hopes that his athletic abilities will allow him to be a big time player his senior year. He has a good arm and an ability to make a play on the run when flushed out of the pocket. Clark hopes a strong senior season will be able to help him gain a little more interest from the schools looking at him. For right now he is receiving the most interest from Louisville and Tennessee. He projects to possibly play an outside linebacker or free safety at the next level.

# 38 – Joseph Sloan, 6-5, 240 pound tight end prospect from Nashville-MBA (Tenn.) is looking to help his team defend their state title from 2007. Sloan has been a regular on the summer camp circuit with visits to Tennessee, Purdue, Auburn, Ole Miss, Louisville, and most recently Vanderbilt. He has soft hands and good route running ability. The combination of Sloan and Wesley Johnson look for the Big Red of MBA to have some solid running room on the offensive line.

# 37 – Josh Patton, 6-2, 210 pound linebacker prospect from Murfreesboro-Blackman (Tenn.) is planning on having a big senior season to draw in a few more schools. Patton is already receiving a good amount of interest from Navy, Air Force, Miami OH, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. As a junior he recorded 129 tackles, four fumble recoveries, eight tackles for loss and two sacks. He is also receiving a great deal of interest from several colleges for his ability on the wrestling mat.

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