News Sentinel Top 10 in Tennessee, No. 4: Marsalis Teague of Henry County

Athlete won't let friendship stand in the way

Friendships in recruiting can only go so far.

Dominique Allen and Marsalis Teague are learning as much through their very different recruiting travails.

Allen, a 5-foot-11, 235-pound fullback, committed to Tennessee in April.

Teague, a versatile 5-10, 175-pound athlete, is no where close to announcing his decision as he continues to evaluate several schools.

"Right now, I haven't narrowed the field down," said Teague, who is the News Sentinel's fourth-best prospect in the state. "Just kind of cruising along, just trying to see who's out there. Then I'll make a decision."

The difference in their recruiting journeys is the only difference between them. The two prospects from Henry County High School in Paris are close, lifelong friends.

"Marsalis and I have known each other all our lives," Allen said. "We're brothers. I love Marsalis to death. Throughout this recruiting process, we've talked about life choices and life decisions.

"We look out for each other."

That's a sentiment not lost on Tennessee's coaches, who would love to land the Paris pair for their 2009 class. However, both readily admit that there's no package deal in the works.

"It would be really cool if we did go to school together," Teague said. "But, then again, I have to do what's best for me. Only I can make that decision for me."

Said Allen, "He's really considering Tennessee as one of the top choices. Marsalis is looking for the school that's best for him. I'm not trying to make him come to Tennessee. I want him to choose what's best for him."

Teague's best will come from a list of strong candidates. UT, Miami, Clemson, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt have been showing the most interest.

Teague visited Georgia Tech, Miami, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Georgia this summer, yet there is no timetable to make a decision. Official visits this fall seem likely before any announcement is made.

"I'm trying to see all the schools before I make my decision," he said.

Teague could play receiver or defensive back in college, as evident by his gaudy stats last season. Teague ran for 1,639 yards and 16 touchdowns on 151 carries and threw for 1,355 yards and 17 touchdowns with a 60-percent completion percentage while playing quarterback.

Defensively, Teague forced two fumbles and intercepted three passes even as teams threw away from the star cornerback.

"On the field," Allen said, "he can do things most people can't do."

Allen should know, considering how inseparable the two athletes have become. When Teague returns from a visit to a prospective college, Allen is the first person Teague will call with a full report.

The two are in the process of planning a trip to Knoxville in the next few weeks. Allen will be much more than just an interested observer.

"No doubt," Allen said, "I would love for us to play together in college."

So would Tennessee's coaches.

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Comments » 15

VOLinDAWGland writes:

One more CB than we can focus focus focus on LBs and DLs which if we get them this will be a top notch class.

vols1314 writes:

I'm from Henry County. He is a great athlete. He ran a 4.3 in his 40 yard dash. FAST. Im more excited about him playing for Henry County than going to Tennessee right now. Him and Allen (Tennessee commit) are taking us to State!

volmattna writes:

Be a vol we would love to have you

gnm53108 writes:

Would be a good pick up.Wih our numbers growing we are going to have to start being a little selective.I would like to have a couple more wr's in this class,another couple of lb's, but we do have this one area of concern dl.Hold atleast 4 for that possition,positions.

Go Vols!!!

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

Love to have him come!

So guys, we all talk about no DT's. I mean, you absolutely have to think that there are some guys who are giving silent verbals right? No matter what, none of us actually think that the coaching staff is completely unaware of the needs right?

VOLinDAWGland writes:

My guess is that top shelf DTs know their value and are taking their sweet time sifting through all of their offers. I wouldn't be surprised if one or two out of staters have told our staff to hold a spot but just haven't announced yet. We've also got a bunch of quality commits who can and apparently have been working the phones. We still have seven months and a football season left before signing day.

budrhon writes:

KNS stop teasing us and just give us the rest of the guys on the list. Geez, we all know who is #1.

beachvol1 writes:

Great athlete for sure...needs to work on his attitude before he is ready for D-1 football...more suited for the defensive side...could be a good pickup if he gets all in order....

Go4Two writes:

Guys DT and DE are the most valued recruits. Since Tenn. has so few we must go into other states and bring them out. This is not a easy task home state loyalty is hard to beat out.

jlovevols writes:

Dave, good article.

givehim6 writes:

Sounds like a good fit for UT. Clawson likes to put the ball in playmakers hands, Teague sounds like a playmaker. He even plays on the D-side!

stroker writes:

grvol please read what sjt18 said on July 12, 2008 at 11:41 a.m.

Thanks Ashley how long until practice?

LanceR24 writes:

well florida is down two dbs next year. safety Dorian Munroe and safety John Curtis will miss next year with knee injuries according to rivals Dorian was supposed to be a starter this year. i feel for the kids but i wanna see a play action pass the first play in neyland and test the secondary. just hope we can stay injury free this fall.

max357_2000 writes:

i am from henry co. this kid can do thangs with the ball that are out of this world. hope he wears the T with pride

BSweet writes:

SavageO, any info on whether Peter White actually made it to campus and how it went? He looks like a big hoss that would be a great catch for the o-line.

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