ORLANDO, Fla. - Chaz Green has a theory as to why Tennessee's football program has drawn the ire of the NCAA.
"They're just new to the process, the NFL guys," the 6-foot-6, 290-pound offensive lineman from Tampa (Fla.) Catholic said Monday, referring to UT's coaches. "There are a lot of rules they need to catch up on that they're not sure about. That's really the main problem. They're just trying to understand the rules of college football."
The Vols have tested those rules twice since September. The NCAA is reviewing UT's possible misuse of hostesses and the Vols also self-reported a possible violation to the SEC concerning a recruiting intern, who may have met with prospects, which would be a violation of NCAA rules.
"It hasn't really affected me," Green said of the negative publicity. "I know what kind of school they are. It's something to think about and worry about, but at the same time I know that they're not really doing anything wrong."
Much of Green's opinion on UT comes from his official visit to Knoxville in October. Green had heard about UT's brash young coach, but found a far different Lane Kiffin once he arrived on campus.
"Everybody was flipping out about it, but after I went up there, Lane Kiffin, he's a good coach," said Green, who is one of 88 players selected to participate in Saturday's Under Armour All-American Game.
Green is set to visit Florida and Southern California in January. He visited Ohio State in September.
Representing: Cornerbacks Lamarcus Joyner and Cody Riggs from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were placed on the Blur Team.
Riggs said there's plenty of pressure to uphold St. Thomas Aquinas' reputation as one of the most talent-laden high school teams in the country.
"We have a lot of guys that have gone to college football and are in these games," Riggs said. "We always want to impress those who are at St. Thomas or have been to St. Thomas. We definitely want to represent."
The Vols are recruiting several of those prospects, including Riggs and Joyner. UT has a commitment from St. Thomas kicker Michael Palardy.
Colleges: Florida has the most commitments (eight) in the game. Auburn, Alabama and Texas are tied for second with six commitments each.
UT has three commitments on the all-star game roster: offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James from North Gwinnett High in Suwanee, Ga., defensive end Corey Miller from James Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., and linebacker Michael Taylor from Westlake High in Atlanta.
Coaches: As usual the game will have a strong NFL feel, with several former professional coaches on the sidelines.
Former Cincinnati Bengals coach Sam Wyche will serve as the Nitro coach. Former Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda will serve as coach for the Blur team.
A head coach and three coordinators (offense, defense and special teams) will head up the staffs, which will also include 11 coaches, mostly from high schools.
Players: Not surprisingly, Florida, with 20 players, has the largest contingent from any state.
Texas is second with 15, followed by Georgia (13) and California (eight). Virginia, South Carolina and Alabama each have four players.
Tennessee had offensive lineman James Stone from Maplewood High. Twenty-three states are represented.