Top Talent of Tennessee: # 36 - 32

The countdown continues as we look at another group of players to watch across the state. Find out more about some of the top players throughout Tennessee and the schools they are receiving the most interest from at this point.

# 36 – Deonte Cruse, 6-2, 280 pound defensive tackle from Murfreesboro-Siegel (Tenn.) hopes a big senior season will turn interest from schools into offers. Cruse has good feet for his size and projects to move to the offensive line at the next level. He is receiving interest from Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Louisville and Tennessee. He will rely on his quick feet and strength to help accelerate his senior season and secure his first offer.

# 35 – Keenan Kolinsky, 6-1, 212 pound running back from Knoxville-Christian Academy (Tenn.) already has one offer on the table and hopes a breakout senior campaign will help gain more interest. Kolinsky has one offer right now from Air Force and is getting looks from several schools including Virginia, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Alabama. As a junior he had 193 carries for almost 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns, and also had 28 receptions.

# 34 – Will Stokes, 6-3, 215 pound linebacker from Memphis-University School will be under the microscope in 2008 to see how he performs. Stokes, who is receiving attention from Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, is the younger brother of Vanderbilt linebacker John Stokes. For right now Stokes is leaning towards being influenced by his brother being a Vanderbilt, but he is still very interested in the other schools showing him attention.

# 33 – Andrew Franklin, 6-1, 185 pound linebacker/safety from Memphis-Mitchell (Tenn.) is a huge candidate for a breakout season. Franklin went through the winter and spring with relatively little exposure, but was still able to pick up his first offer as a safety from Alabama. He hopes to improve on his 2007 season which saw Franklin record 162 tackles and 17 sacks. His performance on the field led to Franklin earning the Commercial Appeal Best of Preps Defensive Player of the Year award. In addition to the Crimson Tide, he is picking up a lot of interest from Louisville, Middle Tennessee, and Ole Miss.

# 32 – Cole Lail, 6-1, 220 pound linebacker from Maryville-William Blount (Tenn.) has huge expectations for the 2008 season. Lail, who is receiving the most interest from Middle Tennessee, Marshall, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Tennessee, and Stanford, feels this season will be special for the Governors. In 2007 as a junior Lail recorded 120 tackles, six forced fumbles, five pass break ups and two sacks.

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