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Halloween was in the air this weekend around the Strip/UT campus area, and it was a nice setting for a big couple days for Volunteer football. A win over Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks was sweetened by good news on the recruiting front. Read the rest of this entry »

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The first off week of the Lane Kiffin era has Kiffin and company jet setting around the country, trying to find the best talent available for the Vols. Names like  Michael Dyer, Morgan Moses, Lamarcus Joyner and Cody Riggs will surely be tossed around in the next few weeks. Tennessee fans should be hopeful, afterall if nothing else, coach Kiffin has proven his worth on the recruiting trail already with the number five class in the country according to Rivals. Many of the freshman Kiffin recruited from last year are making an impact on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Early playing time, in my opinion, is the single best way to get a recruit, and Tennessee has shown an extreme willingness to play freshman. So here’s an update before the first off week of the year on how the recruits we got are doing, as well as how some of the ones we didn’t get are performing.

The Good:

1. Janzen Jackson: He’s been everything I thought he could be and more. He doesn’t quite fly around like Berry did as a freshman, but he’s bigger. He slid into the starting lineup after only one week and I don’t think Prentiss Wagner has been heard from since; and I thought he looked good in fall camp. I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here, but Jackson has a chance to be a really good, All SEC type player. Read the rest of this entry »

Fellow Vols, it was cloudy in Knoxville on Saturday, but inside Neyland Stadium, it was as beautiful as it has been in a long time. Tennessee was dominant, pounding Georgia for the second time in a row at Neyland. It was just one of those games where everything clicked; even on the Vols’ opening drive, which stalled and ended in a punt, Tennessee looked like a different team. As big as the Auburn game was, Georgia was huge for the Vols’ season. Almost decisive. Going into a bye week, UT will look to get rested and prepared for Alabama. A few things they’ll take away from the UGA game tape: Read the rest of this entry »

Photo by Kurt Hegre/The Fresno Bee

Photo by Kurt Hegre/The Fresno Bee

We have had less luck recruiting a quarterback than Mac did trying to find a prom date. Seriously, it’s been ridiculous. I don’t have to tell any Vol fans about the very public spurning of Tennessee at the hands of guys like Jake Heaps, Andrew Hendrix, Blake Bell, Chase Rettig and Jesse Scroggins. Common sense would indicate that after  losing out on all of those guys in a year that has been labeled as very weak at quarterback could spell trouble for a Volunteer team that goes into 2010 with just Nick Stevens and Nick Lamaison under center. I was just as heartbroken as anyone when Scroggins went to USC’s camp and promptly received an offer. But there is now hope on the horizon, and that hope comes in the form of a skinny kid from California with a big arm. Read the rest of this entry »

You think Ronine Brown reminds Jason Allen of this every day at Dolphins practice? I bet he does.

You think Ronnie Brown reminds Jason Allen of this every day at Dolphins practice? I bet he does.

Because Mckenzie and I follow recruiting as closely as we do, we will very often become overly attached to certain guys. And of course, when this happens, certain players break our hearts. It’s really painful when you have a guy all locked up, or down to the last two or three, and he decides to go to another school. We take it harder than most. I have had my heart broken by more 18 year old boys than Jennifer Love Hewitt in the late Nineties. But because I’m a glutton for punishment, here’s a list of some of the more high profile players that either de-commited to Tennessee or led us on like Mac’s prom date.

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Jones

Jones

 The latest addition to Lane Kiffin’s 2010 recruiting class is 6’6″ 230 lb athlete Delvin Jones out of Palmetto High School in Miami. Jones, who looks to have an SEC-ready body, projects as a defensive end in college, even though he’s expressed some interest in playing other positions. A great way to judge talent other than recruit rankings is to gauge the other offers the prospect has. Jones has an impressive list with offers from the likes of Florida, Alabama, and USC. Looks like another impressive pickup for Kiffin and Co.

Like most Tennessee fans, our play at quarterback last year was one of my biggest causes of strife and certainly at the top of the list with regard to what needs to be fixed in the immediate future.  In case you don’t remember, here’s a little reminder of what Jonathan Crompton and Nick Stevens were able to accomplish last year under center: Read the rest of this entry »

I don't know about the rest of you....but I'm scratching my head over why #30 back there doesn't have a scholarship offer.

I don't know about the rest of you....but I'm scratching my head over why #30 back there doesn't have a scholarship offer.

Cobbs is a 6’1″ 198 pound receiver prospect from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the 11th ranked athlete in the country and top player in Oklahoma by Rivals.com. We’ve snagged some jewels from there the past few years (Robert Meachem, Gerald Jones) and he’s got serious interest in the Vols. If he commits soon, which he reportedly came close to doing on his visit to Knoxville last week, that would give Kiffin a nasty trio of receivers with Illinois’ Matt Milton (who is 6’6″) and Georgia’s Markeith Ambles. Both are ranked among the best receivers in the nation. Not to mention, UT is very much in the running for Illinois’ Kyle Prater, the #1 ranked receiver in the nation by Rivals. This has all the makings for another Swain-Meachem-Bret Smith class that contributes for multiple years. More good players are interested..