Ten talented recruits on UT's radar this weekend

Tennessee hopes to gleam like the golden domes.

The Vols will host 10 official visitors for this weekend's Notre Dame football game. Listed in alphabetical order are prospects scheduled take an official visit.

Wes Brown: Tennessee coaches couldn't have been pleased that Brown visited Tuscaloosa for the Oct. 16 Alabama-Southern Miss game. Still, Brown, a lifelong Tennessee fan raised in Alabama, seems to be a strong Vol commitment since announcing his decision in July.

The 6-foot-4, 250 pounder from Athens (Ala.) High School could play defensive end or tight end for UT. Brown's determined play has drawn comparisons to former UT star Will Overstreet.

Athens coach Allen Creasy said he had never had a player recruited so heavily so early in the recruiting process. Creasy said Athens has produced 14 Division-I scholarship athletes including former North Carolina State star Phillip Rivers, now with the San Diego Chargers.

Dan Doering: Doering is one the highest-rated offensive linemen in the nation. For the Vols, he's well worth taking a shot. At 6-6 and 300 pounds, Doering looks like a prototypical tackle.

The Vols will remind Doering that they will have a pressing need at tackle. Michael Munoz is a senior and Albert Toeinia is a junior. Sophomore Arron Sears is the only young Vol slated to play tackle and he has the ability to play guard.

UT's main competition for Doering, who is from Barrington, Ill., is Iowa.

Eugene Hayes: At 6-2, 206 pounds, Hayes has the type of build that UT defensive coordinator John Chavis loves. Hayes, who is from Greenville, Fla., has plenty of offers from college football's elite, including Oklahoma, Southern Cal, and Miami.

Tennessee seems to be in Hayes's top three along with Georgia and Florida State.

Kyle Moore: With some weight room work, Moore could be a rangy defensive tackle. The Warner Robins (Ga.) star is 6-6, 240 pounds. Moore has visits scheduled to Michigan, Oklahoma, and Southern Cal.

The Vols will obviously point to the career of captain Jason Respert as a reason to sign with Tennessee. Respert is also from the Warner Robins area.

Michael Oher: Oher may have more potential than any other player in the state of Tennessee. At 6-5 and 330 pounds, Oher's size is a given. His athletic ability is what makes him an elite prospect.

The Memphis Briarcrest star said he feels a certain kinship to UT coach Phillip Fulmer, thanks to Fulmer's offensive line background. Oher is also looking at LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, and N.C. State.

Vladimir Richard: Richard is a 6-4, 255 pound Florida commitment who is looking elsewhere after Ron Zook's firing. Georgia is also in the hunt. Richard, a defensive end from Sunrise, Fla., has a strong tie to fellow visitor Gerald Williams.

The two played football against each other in middle school. A relationship evolved and both joined the same summer league basketball team.

Chris Scott: Scott has visits scheduled to Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Nebraska. Georgia and Tennessee are the likely leaders. Tennessee's win over Georgia in October will help the Vols lure the 6-5, 300 pounder. Scott said during the summer that Georgia's dominance in the series had weighed on his mind.

UT's strongest sell to Scott is teaming up with his former high school teammate Anthony Parker. Parker is a UT freshman offensive lineman. Scott and Parker were known as the "dynamic duo" at Lovejoy High School.

Lucas Taylor: Taylor from Lafayette, La., is starting to gain more attention nationally. Taylor's versatility is a huge plus. He plays quarterback for Carencro, but he could play any one of several positions in college.

The 5-10, 165 pounder recently received national attention for rushing for over 500 yards in a game. Taylor has said Auburn is his favorite but the Vols have a great shot.

Antonio Wardlow: The Vols could close the deal with Wardlow this weekend. The Winston-Salem, N.C., star said Tennessee is the leader late last week. The 6-1, 180 pounder is also considering Virginia Tech and South Carolina.

Asked if he might commit to UT on his official trip, Wardlow said, "I could, but right now I'm not sure."

Wardlow could play wide receiver or defensive back in college.

Gerald Williams: Steve Spurrier's move to pull out of the Florida coaching search helps the Vols in recruiting Williams. The 6-4, 226 pound linebacker is a Florida commitment but said Zook's dismissal has adversely affected that decision. He said playing for Spurrier would be enticing.

With Spurrier out of picture, Tennessee may have vaulted into the lead. Williams is known as an extremely competitive, emotional player. Williams said he and Richard are like brothers and will likely attend the same school.

Dave Hooker covers recruiting. He may be reached at hookerd@knews.com.

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