UT tries to steer Stokes with visit from Wilson

Tennessee is still atop the Je’Ron Stokes recruiting mountain — a precarious place to be with a full two weeks left until National Signing Day.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver form Northeast High School in Philadelphia who committed to UT in April said he still considers himself a UT commitment but is intent on making sure he made the right choice in light of the Vols’ coaching change.

Stokes said he will make his final decision on Feb. 4. Stokes visited Michigan last weekend, will travel to Illinois this weekend and possibly visit Georgia on Jan. 30.

Stokes took his official visit to UT in September, so the best way for the Vols to make an impression with their new coaching staff is to visit Stokes, which newly hired receivers coach Frank Wilson did this week.

“It went well,” Stokes said. “He basically just came and got a chance to introduce himself to me and got a chance to give me a little bit of information about his background. He’s just trying to get to know me and I’m trying to get to know him. It was definitely good to meet him.

“I’m still where I was before but now that they have a receiver coach, that’s another positive step.”

Stokes said he was most impressed with Wilson’s personality.

“He wants to coach the best and he wants to strive to be better everyday just like I do,” said Stokes, who is considered one of the top receiver prospects in the nation. “He seems like he’s a great coach and he’s only going to get better. He’s a real cool person.”

Stokes said he’d like to take another official visit to UT, but the NCAA only allows one per school.

“I would really like to do that,” Stokes said. “I think they (the NCAA) should (allow that) because of situations like this. I’m going on prior knowledge.

“It is what it is.”

Stokes said he picked UT because of the people he met in Knoxville, namely former coach Phillip Fulmer.

“When Fulmer was there, the atmosphere felt right because I was around people I felt comfortable with and I knew Tennessee was an established program at the time,” Stokes said. “It’s all about people.

“That was one thing that Fulmer preached when he was there. That’s important to my decision, is knowing I’m with the right people. That’s definitely a big thing.”

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mhillvol#275693 writes:

Here is an interesting story, tiders have been dogging us for stealing a coach 2 wks before signing day, hmmmmm

Alabama hires James Willis away from Auburn from al.com

MrBamSeydu writes:

hey Hooker and GVX, I'm lovin' all these recruiting articles. just to let you guys know. good job keeping us updated. most people aren't appreciative that this site is free and the work you guys put into it.

As for Stokes, UT is his best choice. Just because Fulmer isn't here anymore, doesn't change how the fans feel about the program. Kiffin's new coaching staff is even more dedicated to it than Fulmer was. If recruits are simply looking for father figures in choosing their college destination, that is a mistake to begin with. No coach can show 80+ players enough attention to make it matter that much. He should choose UT because of our obvious upcoming upswing on the national forefront and the chance to start fresh with us.

He knows Tennessee is the place for him.

MrBamSeydu writes:

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and Pat Patterson too.

givehim6 writes:

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Yes very good group if all sign the orange line on 02/o4/09. If only we had a QB to throw the ball to them.

volroadwarrior writes:

Thanks again to KNS for a good recruiting news article.

FWBVol writes:

Je'Ron makes a good point when he said the NCAA should allow a second official visit to a school when there is a coaching change. There are certain things in the support system such as tutors and academic advisors that won't change, but the coaches and the way they conduct the football program does change.

Maybe this is something the NCAA will look into in the future.

vtvol#210290 writes:

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With Rod Wilks...WOW!

txvolsfan writes:

in response to givehim6:

Yes very good group if all sign the orange line on 02/o4/09. If only we had a QB to throw the ball to them.

Our QB's should be better with an easier offense. They had to think to much last year and it affected their throws. They seemed to aim the ball last year instead of just slinging it.
At least I hope that was the case.

miamiVOL writes:

there is a good chance he could commit to ILL to play for the Zooker. he wants to play with his little brother, bad. His little brother, is just that, a 6'1 155 LBS QB - who already holds a scholly offer from UT - from Fulmer.....sry that isnt what Kiffin is looking for in a QB, while Zooker is saying that Malik will be the QB of ILL's future..no one will know until NSD 2/4

VolGraduate writes:

Come on stokes. We need you on the chart. Sit a year and learn and be the next great one. Honestly you prob won't have to wait a year like some of the guys we put in the league

bobbytodd writes:

Who knows, with the OC gone our offensive line may be able to get back to basics and block like they did in '07. May be able to get all the way to a 50% completion rate!

andy112382#209793 writes:

in response to givehim6:

Yes very good group if all sign the orange line on 02/o4/09. If only we had a QB to throw the ball to them.

Really would not suprise me if one of the guys we have now could very well do the job just fine, especially after that Briscoe article where he gave us an inside glimpse.

But, I do wonder if there is any news on McCarron, the QB that is a 'soft verbal' to Bama. He said he wanted to visit and hopefully his work schedule would permit...his last visit was going to be us or Oklahoma, and that was before we got that coach from Bama that was the one recruiting him. Cross your fingers!

bluetick writes:

He'll be a Vol. Bank on it. So will Brown.

txsvol#372416 writes:

If memory serves, this young man is a member of Mark Jones' father's church. When he committed to us, I'm sure it was in large part because of his pastor's relationship with Coach Phil Fulmer. There was a time when the father asked CPF why his son wasn't starting, and CPF explained that he considered Mark a starter, but he wanted him to be fresh at critical times of the game, so he played limited snaps on offense, defense, and special teams, but his total snaps were more than many starters. If there is one guy among our recruits where CPF might still be able to help, it might be with Jeron. But, he told some people following his dismissal, but before CLK was hired, that whether or not he was there, Tennessee was THE place to be (paraphrasing). I hope that Monte and crew have a good enough relationship with Mark that this kid will still come. Go Vols! SAVol

yeavols#228407 writes:

Good news..just as long as Florida and Bama doesnt get them.

yeavols#228407 writes:

remember..don't click on interloper links..JUST SAY NO!

gnm53108 writes:

in response to bluetick:

He'll be a Vol. Bank on it. So will Brown.

Hope you're right.I would be very happy to have any two of the four mega-star wr's we have interested in the Big Orange.

They're bite'n,now reel em in coach Kiffin.

highVOLtage writes:

Can Stokes not make an Unofficial trip to visit Knoxville again? Sure, he would have to pay his way and make his own arrangements, but something for him to consider.

indianacurly writes:

heard this also bama. seems saban strong-armed him into not coming to knoxville (kinda like what hurban tried with that ga kid, reid). i, for one, am glad to have a coach that encourages kids to take all their visits so they can be sure this is where they want to be.

indianacurly writes:

in the long run, it is a big deal ... btw, you severely contradicted yourself in the span of about 5 seconds - well done sir.

davemanthevolfan writes:

in response to givehim6:

Yes very good group if all sign the orange line on 02/o4/09. If only we had a QB to throw the ball to them.

I'm sorry, but it is getting very old listening to all the crying about how horrible our QBs are. Have you ever thought it just might have been the system they were forced to play in last year? First of all you have Crompton that had only really played in a handfull of games three years. You think maybe that had something to do with it? Then you had a red shirt freshman or sophmore, then you had a true freshman. Come on. All you experts really think you know something. Now, I feel better.

indianacurly writes:

bama, you really shouldn't try to advance your pov on this any further - it is futile and inept. the tactic might work with a loyal kid like aj who is pretty much all tide. with a kid that is closer to the fence, it may play like that sweet girl you dated in high school until she threw a lunchroom tantrum because she heard you were talking to the cheerleader in your biology class. it portrays weakness and insecurity ...

gnm53108 writes:

in response to davemanthevolfan:

I'm sorry, but it is getting very old listening to all the crying about how horrible our QBs are. Have you ever thought it just might have been the system they were forced to play in last year? First of all you have Crompton that had only really played in a handfull of games three years. You think maybe that had something to do with it? Then you had a red shirt freshman or sophmore, then you had a true freshman. Come on. All you experts really think you know something. Now, I feel better.

First off,our qb play last year was absolutely horrid,and that is being kind.But so was the play of our ol,rb's and wr's.Our whole offense was the worst in living memory.

We have had alot of seasons with inexperenced qbs and none of them were anywhere close to being as bad as last year.

In closing,I think I just proved the point you was trying to make.It was the system our freakin offensive coaches were trying to install cause hopefully they didn't get it fully installed.That would just be more for Coach Kiffin to uninstall.

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

I think you will see a big change in the QB play this year with all the new coaches we have,I am very excited about the upcoming year, whoever QB's. GO VOLS!!!! GET JAKE HEAPS IN 2010

ethanfrome writes:

in response to gnm53108:

First off,our qb play last year was absolutely horrid,and that is being kind.But so was the play of our ol,rb's and wr's.Our whole offense was the worst in living memory.

We have had alot of seasons with inexperenced qbs and none of them were anywhere close to being as bad as last year.

In closing,I think I just proved the point you was trying to make.It was the system our freakin offensive coaches were trying to install cause hopefully they didn't get it fully installed.That would just be more for Coach Kiffin to uninstall.

I agree. The problem last year was the clawfense. The OL goes from 5 sacks in a year to five in a game; running problems( including players running into each other); incomplete passes to the hot dog vendors. I don't blame the players much at all. What I can't believe are the people who said all year, "Its not working because Fulmer is keeping his thumb on Clawson." I watched a replay of the Auburn game the other day, it was not Fulmer's offense. IMO the whole staff is gone because Fulmer waited too long to put his thumb on him.

Thanks Dave for the good article, I have nothing in the cold winter except these recruiting stories-keep them coming.

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

sell your next qb on trying to break Peytons records, 2 NCAA records, 7 SEC records and 33 Tennessee Records

richvol writes:

B J Coleman with the right coaching will be a great QB.

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

I like him also

Eric_Freaking_Berry writes:

If we're still his top choice, wouldn't we be trying to "keep Stokes on track" and not "steer Stokes?" Bad wording. Makes it sound like he's dropped us and we're scrambling to get him back, but that's par for the course I suppose!

Orangeblood13 writes:

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would be nice to have a QB to throw to em. Let's hope ol CLK had a trick or two waiting

illinoisvolfan writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Je'Ron makes a good point when he said the NCAA should allow a second official visit to a school when there is a coaching change. There are certain things in the support system such as tutors and academic advisors that won't change, but the coaches and the way they conduct the football program does change.

Maybe this is something the NCAA will look into in the future.

You and Je'Ron make some excellent points, but we are talking about the NCAA here.

bloodrunsorange writes:

I think any of these receivers would be a GREAT addition to this class.
Marion Brown (5S),
Randall Carroll (5R),
Kendal Kelly (5S),
Pat Patterson (4S),
Alshon Jeffrey (4S),
Je’Ron Stokes (4S),
Lamar Scruggs (3S),

Orson Charles (5S).

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