Louisiana is home, but CB Jackson to play for Vols

National Signing Day was once a finishing point. It's now just a point along the way.

No one on Tennessee's football staff is complaining.

The Vols picked up No. 20 for their 2009 signing class on Thursday morning when highly ranked cornerback Janzen Jackson from Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La., signed his letter of intent.

"It was a very tough decision," the 6-foot-5, 175-pound Jackson told Gannett News Service. "But Louisiana will always be my home."

True, but Jackson might not be welcome back by some native Louisianans. Upon announcing his decision, two LSU fans left the press conference suddenly.

Jackson, who postponed his signing one day so his mother could attend, had been committed to LSU since last February but began considering UT last month thanks in large part to defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Jackson's father, former McNeese State secondary coach Lance Guidry, was a candidate to join UT's staff under first-year coach Lane Kiffin. Guidry, who is also friends with UT assistant coach Ed Orgeron, was later hired as the secondary coach at Miami of Ohio.

Jackson told Gannett News Service that the loss of LSU co-defensive coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto played a role in his decision to pick the Vols.

Peveto, who recruited Jackson, wasn't retained by the Tigers and was named coach at Northwestern State.

Jackson is rated the No. 17 overall prospect, the No. 2 cornerback in the nation and the second best prospect in Louisiana by Rivals.com.

He ranks as the 15th and ninth best cornerback in the nation by Scout.com and ESPN, respectively.

Jackson registered 94 tackles and picked off five passes as a senior.

He intercepted 5 passes, registered 93 tackles and blocked seven kicks as a junior.

Jackson's signing gave UT a significant boost in recruiting rankings.

The Vols ended National Signing Day on Wednesday ranked 22nd best in the nation and 10th best in the SEC by Rivals and Scout. UT jumped to 17th and 16th nationally by Rivals and Scout, respectively. Both services ranked UT seventh best in the SEC.

The Vols moved up one spot in the ESPN national rankings, from 16th to 15th, and held their position as the sixth best recruiting class in the SEC.

After quarterback Terrelle Pryor decided to postpone his signing with Ohio State a year ago, others have followed suit.

The Vols are in the mix for two other prospects that have not signed: David Oku from Carl Albert High in Midwest City, Okla., and Bryce Brown from East High in Wichita, Kan. Both are considered two of the elite tailbacks in the nation.

Oku was committed to UT before this week. He is considering Auburn and Syracuse.

Brown has been committed to Miami since last February but is thought to be considering several schools.

Oku is expected to announce his decision any day while Brown could wait until the end of the month.

UT had also recruited tight end Orson Charles from Plant High in Tampa, Fla. Charles has postponed his decision and will take an official visit to Southern California in the coming days.

He is also considering Georgia. UT is not thought to be a major player for Charles.

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Comments » 77

ut_vols13 writes:

Great

thsvolfan15 writes:

Why does everyone think that bryce brown is even considering ut? Eveywhere i look experts think he is still going to UM. Does u all know something i know?

And a local radio station said that coach kiffin was announcing a "recruiting surprise" at 5:00, did anyone else here that?

VolPride_13 writes:

Don't think he is 6-5 though, lol!!!

Gchild writes:

Come on Bryce, come to UT and be the best back ever to put on a Tennessee jersey.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

when is gatorzzzztop gonna respond to this one.

smashmouth98 writes:

that video of Jackson is AWESOME!!! He will be a BEAST for us. Our secondary is gonna be unreal. We still might use the mustang, it could be called something else. Get those players on the field.

VAvolfanRON writes:

yea, some people think gatorzz is ok...but, if you read his comments....its all fla oriented.....as he tried to give grieve, he kept reminded us how we were 10 in the sec in recruiting.....now, he will just say how fla is above us...

he's fairly cordial, but too..im too fla biased...ok, he's a jerk.....lol

smashmouth98 writes:

I think we get either B Brown or Oku. I'll take either one.

VAvolfanRON writes:

best back?...wow, that's tough.....reggie cobb at the cotton bowl.....i dont know if yall remember hubert humphey...he was kick off the team in '80 (i think)...he ran all over notre dame...

speaking of nastalgia.....i was told that the last lap has been gone for years.....say it isnt so!!!!!!...it was in sports illustated for crying out loud.....

(yes, ive been back....just not on the strip)

VAvolfanRON writes:

ooops....hubert simpson!!!!....where did humphey come from??

OMike writes:

Great job of recruiting by the staff. If you think not, bottom line you don't know jack. The Urban thing as usual was blown out of proportion by the media. If anyone was there that feels different I would like to hear their opinion. This staff will clean up next year. I probably wont read and listen to all the idiots when we lose some games next year, they just reinforce statements by gatorz and bama. Optimistic for next year, but realistic in a couple of years. Great to have you on board Janzen. Go Vols

TNGirl007 writes:

Welcome to Tennessee, Janzen!!! :)

DisorientedVol writes:

Both Brown and Oku seem to have issues, but yes either one would be nice.

DisorientedVol writes:

Speaking of the secondary, Teague seems to be wanted by Monte for db and Lane for wr. Curious to see how that plays out - ironman maybe?

utfpmd writes:

in response to VAvolfanRON:

best back?...wow, that's tough.....reggie cobb at the cotton bowl.....i dont know if yall remember hubert humphey...he was kick off the team in '80 (i think)...he ran all over notre dame...

speaking of nastalgia.....i was told that the last lap has been gone for years.....say it isnt so!!!!!!...it was in sports illustated for crying out loud.....

(yes, ive been back....just not on the strip)

I'll never forget Henry's 5 straight rushes to a TD right down Arkansas's throat after The Fumble. He was unstoppable!

Gchild writes:

I think my favorite back would have to be Charlie Garner. But overall I guess Travis Henry is the best. If we could get Brown I think he might be the best overall. He is a great receiver if you saw the Army All American game.

DisorientedVol writes:

Some interesting comments from someone in Memphis tonight...

"Great crowd. Gave him standing ovation for about 5 minutes. About 1,000 people came and they turned away another 250 it was announced.

He made same comment about another "surprise" could be coming soon.

Joked about the firestorm that resulted from his remarks about Urban. He said "We are going to tone it down a little tonight. After all, we don't want to offend anybody" Everyone laughed at that.

Stressed that this staff will coach with great intensity and some people might not be comfortable with that but that's the way its going to be.

Everyone loved him. Orgeron, Lance Thompson and Monte also got big ovations."

bbrown#636681 writes:

in response to VAvolfanRON:

best back?...wow, that's tough.....reggie cobb at the cotton bowl.....i dont know if yall remember hubert humphey...he was kick off the team in '80 (i think)...he ran all over notre dame...

speaking of nastalgia.....i was told that the last lap has been gone for years.....say it isnt so!!!!!!...it was in sports illustated for crying out loud.....

(yes, ive been back....just not on the strip)

VAvolfanRON,
FYI - That was Webb in the Cotton Bowl.

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to Scotty_Hopson32:

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OHHH....favorite....

then it would have to be eric berry....he ran more.......oopps, he's not a RB.....lmao....

id have to say reggie cobb...wasn't he 2nd string when he ran all over arkansas......this was in '90 (besides, i was at the game...im kinda partial)

OakyVol09 writes:

in response to DisorientedVol:

Speaking of the secondary, Teague seems to be wanted by Monte for db and Lane for wr. Curious to see how that plays out - ironman maybe?

Went to the recruiting thing in Memphis tonight. They had Teague as wr. And yes it was awesome!! He mentioned somthing about another suprise though but never said anything else about it. Anybody know anything?

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to utfpmd:

I'll never forget Henry's 5 straight rushes to a TD right down Arkansas's throat after The Fumble. He was unstoppable!

are we talking about the same game?....have i completely lost it?

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to bbrown#636681:

VAvolfanRON,
FYI - That was Webb in the Cotton Bowl.

thanks bb....
after i saw richrollins post..i realized it....

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to OakyVol09:

Went to the recruiting thing in Memphis tonight. They had Teague as wr. And yes it was awesome!! He mentioned somthing about another suprise though but never said anything else about it. Anybody know anything?

Another board is talking about Bryce's comments on VSPN tonight. Anyone know what they are talking about?

VAvolfanRON writes:

how about creer....after he ran for 300 against Fla in 2009...he has to be considered!!!....while im in lala land

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Would pick Stewart as well just because it was my high school he was running all over. Fun to watch but hated losing.

volfan1967 writes:

in response to DisorientedVol:

Would pick Stewart as well just because it was my high school he was running all over. Fun to watch but hated losing.

Where did you go to school?

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to volfan1967:

Where did you go to school?

Greeneville High. Home of the infamous vol - dustin moore.

volfan1967 writes:

in response to DisorientedVol:

Greeneville High. Home of the infamous vol - dustin moore.

Dang now there's a name I have'nt heard in awhile. I wish he would have stayed clean he could have been a good player for UT.

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to volfan1967:

Dang now there's a name I have'nt heard in awhile. I wish he would have stayed clean he could have been a good player for UT.

Agreed. Waste of god-given physical ability... i just wish brains would have come with the package as well.

volfan1967 writes:

in response to DisorientedVol:

Agreed. Waste of god-given physical ability... i just wish brains would have come with the package as well.

Amen brother.

yabadabadoo1026 writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Foster, like ainge , doesnt deserve all the disrepect he gets around here from all the ungrateful UT fans---yes he wasnt fast and got stuffed a lot at the line with our pathetic OL but he broke enough good runs to end his career with a very respectable yards per carry average-----fans here are ruthless--he served us well IMO

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to OakyVol09:

Went to the recruiting thing in Memphis tonight. They had Teague as wr. And yes it was awesome!! He mentioned somthing about another suprise though but never said anything else about it. Anybody know anything?

i bet it was awesome....damn, another suprise....kiffin is worse than my wife......

i wish i was there

VAvolfanRON writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

Foster, like ainge , doesnt deserve all the disrepect he gets around here from all the ungrateful UT fans---yes he wasnt fast and got stuffed a lot at the line with our pathetic OL but he broke enough good runs to end his career with a very respectable yards per carry average-----fans here are ruthless--he served us well IMO

he served us very well....i'd take all of his rushes for the fumble that he made (or didnt make) over his great games...just curious on your earlier negative post?

VAvolfanRON writes:

as we sit in front of the tv/or stands

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Chuck Webb would have broken it all. Best Ever... prorated for injuries.

DisorientedVol writes:

in response to IdentityTheftVictim09:

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Yes, Moore is still coaching. I have no idea how he is doing - too many rumors in a small town to believe any of them. Just can't get over the wasted talent thing but I guess I should. I think the Dt's name is Hall. He is impressive - at least in the one game I watched this year.

bigorangefan79 writes:

For the best RB in Vols history I would vote for James "Little Man' Stewart. 3 TD's vs V.T. in Gator Bowl, 211 yards and 4 TD's against georgia, and his nickname is LITTLE MAN!

bigorangefan79 writes:

But then there was the Cobb Web Connection too..... if only!

Volnbama writes:

All American by sophmore yr. Always seems to know where the ball is, and arrives in a bad mood.

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to VAvolfanRON:

best back?...wow, that's tough.....reggie cobb at the cotton bowl.....i dont know if yall remember hubert humphey...he was kick off the team in '80 (i think)...he ran all over notre dame...

speaking of nastalgia.....i was told that the last lap has been gone for years.....say it isnt so!!!!!!...it was in sports illustated for crying out loud.....

(yes, ive been back....just not on the strip)

I dont remember reggie cobb at the cotton bowl but I remember chuck webb running wild over ark in the cotton bowl

springtx_vol writes:

in response to Scotty_Hopson32:

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I was at that game in 2001. It was played the week before the SEC Championship game due to 9/11 and the world trade center events. Stephens was great that game, the OL opened holes big enough for Kansas coach Mangino to run through.

The euphoria only lasted a week though!

forkball writes:

in response to VAvolfanRON:

best back?...wow, that's tough.....reggie cobb at the cotton bowl.....i dont know if yall remember hubert humphey...he was kick off the team in '80 (i think)...he ran all over notre dame...

speaking of nastalgia.....i was told that the last lap has been gone for years.....say it isnt so!!!!!!...it was in sports illustated for crying out loud.....

(yes, ive been back....just not on the strip)

A moment of silence for the Last Lap. Everytime I see puke in a urinal it takes me back.

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

Janzen Jackson is a good get.... hope we can round it all out :)

easleychuck writes:

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

Foster, like ainge , doesnt deserve all the disrepect he gets around here from all the ungrateful UT fans---yes he wasnt fast and got stuffed a lot at the line with our pathetic OL but he broke enough good runs to end his career with a very respectable yards per carry average-----fans here are ruthless--he served us well IMO

Respectfully disagree,
I appreciate the effort and work that Foster put in during his career. That being said, he had some of the most brutal fumbles at the most inopportune of times. The saddest ting about him was that he wasn't really a fumbler. But when he did, boy did they hurt.

Penn State at the 10 going in, returned for a TD in the bowl.

SC in Knoxville crossing the goal line.

This past year as we were about to blow out UCLA. The wheels came off after that on pretty much everything.

He fumbled in Knoxville against SC in the last minute on the tying drive for the FG that sent the game into overtime, luckily we recovered.

I have a friend who has a log of the guys's misfortunate fumbles that were just back-breakers.

I believe there were 7 total.

golfballs03 writes:

Those running backs could come and that would be great. But Orsen Charles would be Awesome!

SeanJean writes:

Foster was a joke. I'm thrilled to see him gone. He seemed to always have a bad attitude and single handedly hurt us in a number of games given his poor decisions and fumbly hands. I wish him luck and have no ill will towards him, but I won't miss him at all. He was soft.

utvolz#637682 writes:

in response to Scotty_Hopson32:

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Travis rushed for 228 yards that game. I have a signed poster of him in that game hanging on the wall in my office. #34 was a stud!

Txvol57 writes:

Whats the word on Bryce Brown?....rumors are that he is taking a visit this weekend....can anyone confirm this?

sims1087 writes:

in response to Txvol57:

Whats the word on Bryce Brown?....rumors are that he is taking a visit this weekend....can anyone confirm this?

I can't find anything except rumors, I think Oku is waiting to see what Brown will do. its going to take some magic to get him away from miami...but this guy will make a difference as a freshman where ever he goes

vollowme writes:

i respectfully submit johnnie jones...

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