Early contact helped athlete Delvin Jones pick Vols

Tennessee’s lead-the-pack recruiting approach paid off with commitment Delvin Jones.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound athlete from Palmetto High School in Miami said he committed to UT on Friday, in part, because the Vols were the first to offer him a scholarship.

“I took that into consideration,” said Jones, who UT offered in January.

Other schools followed suit, too many for Jones to count. He said Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida and Southern California finished closest to UT in the battle for his services.

The Vols, led by recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron, pride themselves in evaluating and offering prospects before other schools. Jones was recruited by UT running backs coach Eddie Gran, who has a long history of success recruiting South Florida.

“He’s a cool guy,” said Jones, who is the 16th player for UT’s 2010 signing class.

Jones played receiver and defensive end last season. He said he enjoys both equally.

“I just love being on the field,” he said.

Jones said he hopes to enroll at UT in January if he can complete his high school requirements in time. When he arrives on campus, there could be a debate for his services. Jones seems to have the physical ability to play defensive end or receiver.

“I’ll play anything they want me to play once I get there,” Jones said, “as long as I get playing time.”

His high school statistics indicate that Jones might be better suited to play defensive end. He registered 20 sacks and 80 tackles last season. Offensively, he caught 10 passes for 150 yards.

Jones said his speed, size and quickness are his best attributes.

“A player that makes plays,” he said with a chuckle when asked to describe himself.

Jones hasn’t been to UT’s campus. He’ll take an official visit to Knoxville this fall. That will give him another opportunity to spend time with UT’s coaches that he grew so fond of in the recruiting process.

“I felt comfortable with the coaches,” Jones said.

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hotrodvol writes:

Great news! Eddie Gran is the man.

bluetick writes:

Wow! Didn't even know about this guy. Sweet! We are going to have our allotment of recruits early this year. If you want to be a Vol...better get on board quickly!

chad_t31 writes:

I know, I know.... UF(elon) nor bummer wanted him and we're desperate.

Nice commit. Welcome to God's country, Delvin.

IBleedOrange444 writes:

Before they even start that mess, he had offers from Bamer and UF.

DirtyVolsack writes:

Throw this beast at tightend!

TommyJack writes:

Reel'em.

hotrodvol writes:

http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/14/d...

Another big athlete, Kiffin may be building a pipeline to South Florida.

smashmouth98 writes:

wow, build that pipeline. there is some great players in So FLA. I love the bilboard idea. great marketing

99gator writes:

a good one

CT_VOL writes:

He's a 4 banger on scout. Nice catch!

Frank

1974Vol writes:

As I posted a several days ago that giant sucking sound the Gators hear is the pipe line CLK has built to Florida dragging the best recruits to K-town... and the Bill Boards aren't even up yet!

miamiVOL writes:

_B_E_A_S_T_

oldsuwaneevol writes:

in response to grvol:

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He is four star on Rivals. Go Vols!

1974Vol writes:

in response to grvol:

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gr.. cut & pasted this right off Rivals site.

The Latest: Vols beat Gators in South Fla. again! — 8/14/2009

Ultimately, Tennessee got there first -- and that made a huge impression on a magnificent talent in the process. After being the first program to offer a four-star South Forida star, Tennessee received a commitment...[details]

polymer writes:

OMG!!

the10sevol writes:

i say we let him play both ways, old school.
welcome to Rocky Top, mr. Jones!
GBO

chad_t31 writes:

What's also impressive is that he hasn't even seen the campus/facilities. In the past that was used to seal the deal. Now kids are committing without stepping foot on campus first. Nice!

1974Vol writes:

in response to BadNewsCafego:

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Athelete is the kind of guy who runs a punt back for a TD, intercepts a pass and blocks a punt all in one game. Last one we had was Carl Pickens. Before that Bobby Majors.

bluetick writes:

He is best at DE. Not enough speed to be a WR in college it seems.

#7 Left DE
http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recrui...

springtx_vol writes:

I realize that it is early in the high school evaluation period and the UT coaching staff is looking for players that fit their system, but has anyone compared our average stars to those of UF, USC and others? Per Rivals, UT has 12 recruits, UF has 11 four star commits. Is anyone else worried that we are not necessarily keeping up?

movol53 writes:

in response to compact2:

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And then can he throw something besides a bounce pass or an INT. Coach up this tall, strong body to be a QB!!!! He's probably quick enough to outrun any blitz coming in to the QB's area.

memphis_vol_fan writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

I realize that it is early in the high school evaluation period and the UT coaching staff is looking for players that fit their system, but has anyone compared our average stars to those of UF, USC and others? Per Rivals, UT has 12 recruits, UF has 11 four star commits. Is anyone else worried that we are not necessarily keeping up?

Not necessarily. One thing you have to remember is that this staff is still behind recruiting these high school seniors. Plus add that UF is coming off a championship season.
Kiffin and Co. will get their share of blue chippers come signing day.

senracjr writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

I realize that it is early in the high school evaluation period and the UT coaching staff is looking for players that fit their system, but has anyone compared our average stars to those of UF, USC and others? Per Rivals, UT has 12 recruits, UF has 11 four star commits. Is anyone else worried that we are not necessarily keeping up?

Tennessee has 16 commits,4 of UT's commits are Juco's and Rivals don't count them.

GerryOP writes:

Any doubts about Kiffin & Co?

22 -- Fear The Kiffin...

Digger writes:

I have a friend who is a huge Georgia fan. He hates UT with a passion. I asked him what he thought of Lane Kiffin. Expecting him to say "he's an idiot", I was shocked to hear him admit that he's scared of what Lane and his staff are going to do in 2-3 years. He said UT will be playing for a BCS bowl, if not the National Championship, if the coaching staff stays in tact. Go Vols!!!

HallowedHill writes:

WHOA! This recruiting success rivals CPF's best years.

stayingorange writes:

I trust Kiffin and Co. more than I trust Rivals. We've seen 5 stars bomb and low stars soar. I think UF is getting its share, but we'll keep catching up. UGA has yet to produce championship caliber teams out of real good recruiting classes and that will keep happening.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

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I love the Rivals headline: "Vols beat Gators in South Florida again."

EngineerVol writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

I realize that it is early in the high school evaluation period and the UT coaching staff is looking for players that fit their system, but has anyone compared our average stars to those of UF, USC and others? Per Rivals, UT has 12 recruits, UF has 11 four star commits. Is anyone else worried that we are not necessarily keeping up?

Scout has us ranked 10 in the country overall and in average stars. Our incoming class was also ranked in the top 10. The recruiting efforts to this point without playing a single game and coming off of a 5-7 season is nothing short of a miracle. This staff should be lauded for their efforts.

DingoVol writes:

I know I echo several others on this site, but if we come out of the gate strong and our offense looks good, the buzz around our program will make a big time QB jump from their committment. This kid is a great example of the different attitude kids have about our program. This is exciting.

By the way, Eric Ainge had a great game for the Jets tonight. He was 9-15 for 136 yards and a TD. Glad to see him battle for some playing time.

UTVolsFan7 writes:

Let's go Vols! Let's go! Keep up the excellent work coaches and staff. You are all doing a superb job and I cherish that everyday. Its so easy to love the Vols even though I live in Florida and also Seminole Country. Its great to be a Tennessee Volunteer Fan! Go Vols!!!

the10sevol writes:

off topic, but a worthwhile read:

http://www.3sib.com/2009/08/14/bartho...

GBO

rockytopatl writes:

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True. But if this kid can run a little bit and can catch the ball, can you imagine a 6-6 tight end for a target? Let's see a 6-foot linebacker try to cover him over the middle.

givehim6 writes:

Great to hear Mr. Jones. Need some big D linemen. Sounds like another top 10 recruiting class!

ucvolsfan writes:

That puts us in the top ten signing class "So Far" great pick up just keep watching we are coming back!!! FEAR THE POWER T

IBleedOrange444 writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

True. But if this kid can run a little bit and can catch the ball, can you imagine a 6-6 tight end for a target? Let's see a 6-foot linebacker try to cover him over the middle.

Pretty sure Stocker is 6'-6" and Cottam is 6'-8". This guy had 20 sacks and 9 picks last year. He needs to be on D.

Welcome to Rocky Top Delvin. Go Big Orange!!

miamiVOL writes:

Jason Taylor v2.0

elainesguyisanidiot writes:

in response to IBleedOrange444:

Before they even start that mess, he had offers from Bamer and UF.

Yeah? so what? He just didn't give Florida enough time to rescind the offer.

elainesguyisanidiot writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

I realize that it is early in the high school evaluation period and the UT coaching staff is looking for players that fit their system, but has anyone compared our average stars to those of UF, USC and others? Per Rivals, UT has 12 recruits, UF has 11 four star commits. Is anyone else worried that we are not necessarily keeping up?

No

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

in response to IBleedOrange444:

Pretty sure Stocker is 6'-6" and Cottam is 6'-8". This guy had 20 sacks and 9 picks last year. He needs to be on D.

Welcome to Rocky Top Delvin. Go Big Orange!!

True, those are some big boys, but isn't Cottam a Senior and Stocker a Junior? Who do we have benind them? We've got a ton of d-line talent coming in, but no TE's. It would be a pretty good idea to give him a look at TE, see if he can handle it, and if he can, Ausmus could put twenty pounds on his frame in one year. Could be a nightmare matchup, ala Witten. Remember, Witten started off as a defensive end, too.

tennezz writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

I realize that it is early in the high school evaluation period and the UT coaching staff is looking for players that fit their system, but has anyone compared our average stars to those of UF, USC and others? Per Rivals, UT has 12 recruits, UF has 11 four star commits. Is anyone else worried that we are not necessarily keeping up?

Some of our 3* recruits will move up before the season is over. This staff is good at evaluating talent! EDDIE GRAN is going to drain the swamp little by little!!! Where will the gators go then?

chrisw2967 writes:

I guess we will have to hear the gayfers tell us that he wasnt even offered and bama was going to until they found out he was trouble and then backed off, like bama and fla is a crime free non cheating school.
looks like Gran is going to drain south fla and works his way north out of the whole state,right to knoxville.
Its better to beat a gayfer than be a gayfer.
welcome to Big Orange country Mr. Jones

kwvolsfan writes:

in response to tennezz:

Some of our 3* recruits will move up before the season is over. This staff is good at evaluating talent! EDDIE GRAN is going to drain the swamp little by little!!! Where will the gators go then?

Where do all old tired gators go?????
Suitcases, belts, shoes, etc.....

Welcome to the BIG ORANGE NATION Devin......

CladnBigOrange writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

I realize that it is early in the high school evaluation period and the UT coaching staff is looking for players that fit their system, but has anyone compared our average stars to those of UF, USC and others? Per Rivals, UT has 12 recruits, UF has 11 four star commits. Is anyone else worried that we are not necessarily keeping up?

too much emphasis put on the stars. they look good beside the player's name but that's about it. crompton 5 star, ainge 3,jonathon hefney 2,ben martin 5,chris donald 5,and so on. it's up to the players and coaches if they want to excel or not.

VOL1SG writes:

Correct CBO, in a lot of cases stars don't mean anything. I do trust the staff's ability to evaluate talent. Now, the only thing this staff has to prove is can they coach up this talent and have it result in wins. I think they will. This new era in UT Football is exciting and I can't wait to see it.

GO VOLS!

10volunteers98 writes:

To any big-time QB out there---Tennessee is becoming a gold mine for any QB willing to give us a shot.This staff is building the mine.All you need to do is come be a part of something big!But,you better hurry.The recruiting list is filling up fast!GO,VOLS!!!

footballtime writes:

in response to 1974Vol:

Athelete is the kind of guy who runs a punt back for a TD, intercepts a pass and blocks a punt all in one game. Last one we had was Carl Pickens. Before that Bobby Majors.

ya know an argument could be made Jason witten was considered an athelete he did not want to be a tight end but look at him now...it wa sbecause of his athelticism he was able to make the switch well that and the coaching he got...you have a coach with vision and sells it to a guy that has ability they excell

footballtime writes:

in response to CladnBigOrange:

too much emphasis put on the stars. they look good beside the player's name but that's about it. crompton 5 star, ainge 3,jonathon hefney 2,ben martin 5,chris donald 5,and so on. it's up to the players and coaches if they want to excel or not.

stars shmars...it is how much heart a guy has and are they willing to sacrafice and work hard that is what is most important...look at Nick Revez(spelling) he works like a mad man and it is paying off and Mcneil he admitted he now works harder because a walk on is after his job

Voluvr writes:

Is Jessie Scroggins crazy? Tennessee has the best receiver corp it's had in a long time and it's growing. It's a pro style.

At Tennessee he would be pro in 4 yrs.
At USC he will be getting his first start.

USC's freshman is going to start for 4 yrs.

Wake up Mr. Scroggins.

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