State's Top 10 prospects: (No. 3) Stone weighs choices

Maplewood OL getting attention from UT

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While the other elite football prospects in the state have been quick to announce their collegiate destinations, James Stone is taking his time.

Of the News Sentinel's top five prospects in Tennessee, Stone is the only player not committed. Moreover, the offensive lineman from Maplewood High School in Nashville seems open to most any possibility and is still considering at least six schools.

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Stone attended two football camps, at UT and at Alabama, this summer. But don't get any ideas.

Stone quickly dismisses the notion that his summer travel destinations are a hint as to where he's heading.

"Nah, those are just the two camps I went to," said Stone, who also visited Notre Dame in the off-season.

UT has made Stone a high priority for good reason.

Securing offensive linemen for the 2010 signing class is one of UT's primary goals. The Vols likely will start four senior offensive linemen this season.

Securing offensive linemen for the 2010 signing class is one of UT's primary goals. The Vols likely will start four senior offensive linemen this season.

When one of the nation's top offensive linemen resides in the mid-state area, it's prudent to make him feel wanted. The Vols have done that.

"It's been good," Stone said of the attention he's received from UT. "To know somebody thinks that highly of you."

Fandom, however, won't help the Vols land Stone, who said he didn't root for any school growing up, including the Vols.

It's worth noting that three highly respected academic schools show up on Stone's list of noteworthy suitors: Vanderbilt, Stanford and Notre Dame.

If academics end up being a primary factor in Stone's decision, the other "football" schools on his list - UT, Alabama and Auburn - will have to prove their scholastic wares.

Stone said academics will be a part of the decision-making process. Just how much remains to be seen.

"I'll weigh it quite a bit because I really want to have something really good to fall back on," Stone said.

Stone said he'll wait until after his senior season before he announces a decision. Here are his thoughts on the schools that have pushed to the forefront:

-- UT: "I like that they are focused on intensity and passion for the game. They seem like they're always trying to get better and take the team to another level."

-- Alabama: "I like them. I really like them. I like the whole team. I like how they do things and how they've got it set up. I like the staff."

-- Vanderbilt: "Vanderbilt is a good team. I like (offensive line) Coach (Robbie) Caldwell and the head coach, Bobby Johnson, as well."

-- Stanford: "They've got a nice football program and a nice coach. Their academics are prestigious."

-- Auburn: "They're focused on family and core values. That always makes for a good team."

-- Notre Dame: "I went up there for a visit. I just liked it up there."

Expect this recruiting saga to last awhile.

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gohawks1 writes:

Wonder what his major course of study will be... seems like an intelligent fella and talented on the gridiron.

Be a Vol, brother. This program is on its way to the top.

give_him_6 writes:

This guy will go to Bama if we don't put the press on him.

elsinoresam writes:

Upon this Stone, Lane will build his offense.

elsinoresam writes:

The biggest Stone on Rocky Top.... Oh the possibilities are endless.

Voluvr writes:

Tennessee is the most likely to be looking at Championships within his four years. Also, being close his family and friends can watch him play without a lot of expense.

Alabama will likely still be on probation. If they sneeze, they'll be out of post season. Plus, they peaked last year.

Auburn will be in the middle of pack in the west for a while. The fans even showed up to the airport to boo the coach because he has a losing collegiate record.

He could get fulfilled at Vandy. Good education, close to home, especially, if winning a title isn't that important to him. Vandy also peaked last year with their once every 10 years bowl game.

Stanford...don't know much about them but it's far away and anything he could get their he could get a lot closer to home.

Notre Dame...no one can figure out their slide into mediocrity. The Rose bowl would be their biggest game.

Well...there you are sir....put on your orange hat and help the team with a year's worth of personal recruiting!

GreenDevilVol writes:

One can hope we land Stone. His presence on the field and in the classroom would be bigger than life. Mr. Stone, I am sure with the sheepskin from UT you would have a very nice something to fall back on !!!!

smashmouth98 writes:

sounds like bama is leading right now.

come on Orange Swarm,

REEL THEM IN!!!!!!!!!

hotrodvol writes:

in response to give_him_6:

This guy will go to Bama if we don't put the press on him.

GH6, don't you think UT is putting the press on him? Stone is priority #1 in this years class of O-Linemen. CLK wants this one bad.

volunteer_cowboy writes:

give him his own stone

2407westTN_VOLSfan writes:

I am sure CLK and staff will leave no Stone unturned in getting him signed! GO VOLS!

someofmybestfriendsarevolsfans writes:

in response to orangeluvr:

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UT's facilities may be second to none, but they are not necessarily better than other marquee programs. The coaching staff has proven (some of them) to be great individual coaches, but as a staff, they have not been proven. I believe it will take a successful year on the field for UT to recruit for a championship squad.

volfan2002 writes:

Bama has about 40 offers out there and only ten scholarships to give as they have 18 committed. That is If they go for 28 which is the max now and then they will have to figure out what to do with three of them. If he waits until after his Senior season may not be a place for him there or of course they could drop somebody already committed. Same goes for us as we have 49 offers out there to 4 and 5 stars and only 16 spots. I expect a lot of those positions to close up before school is out. This is a first come first serve business.

FIELDGOALTN writes:

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jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Comes down to UT and Bama. This could be an indication of just how good our recruiters really are. If we are to be successful long term, we have to win this type of battle.

DC_Vol writes:

in response to FIELDGOALTN:

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What does this have to do with Tennessee football or Stone the new offensive line recruit? Why do we have to be subjected to this nonsense? Stick to the topic.

Snapshot writes:

in response to BIPOLAR_BEAR:

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Great line there Bipolar Bear, seems that roll tide might be a little touchy about his living arrangements!

bUTchVFL writes:

in response to gohawks1:

Wonder what his major course of study will be... seems like an intelligent fella and talented on the gridiron.

Be a Vol, brother. This program is on its way to the top.

He goes to MBA, which is a strong academic private school in Nashville. They tend to push the same at the collegiate level.

givehim6 writes:

If his eduction is what he is looking at that's good, because with football your always one play away from a carer ending injury. Vandy OK I can see it. ND well OK, not the best move but OK. Stanford, Good eduction but he might get home sick. Bama [ha ha] why do kids even think bama, oh sure they will teach him to cheat, but a eduction?

someofmybestfriendsarevolsfans writes:

in response to Snapshot:

Great line there Bipolar Bear, seems that roll tide might be a little touchy about his living arrangements!

Are you saying all those trailer parks in East Tennessee that fly the big orange T, are actually undercover Alabama fans?? As I say to all SEC fans, the only difference among fans of UT, UA, UF, UGa, and AU is the color of their baseball cap. That includes approximate percentage of non-graduate fans and actual alumni. LSU fans are a different matter and the remaining schools aren't as rabid.

someofmybestfriendsarevolsfans writes:

in response to BIPOLAR_BEAR:

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Some fans are under educated. Some fans are immature. Some are both.

someofmybestfriendsarevolsfans writes:

in response to BIPOLAR_BEAR:

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A very topic appropriate response. And quite expected.

Down_The_Field writes:

hate to say it but listen to what he's said and you'll notice that the most positive statement was about bama.

we could use this guy big time.

remember, running backs are a dime per dozen but a good OL is worth his weight in gold.

DC_Vol writes:

in response to TCHDWN10C:

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I see you switched names from FieldGoalTN to respond with Touchdown10C. I tell you what I will lighten up when you stop writing your stupid Dupree stories that aren't funny or intersting and have nothing to do with football.

DC_Vol writes:

Hey Dupree,

What is a "dictonary"? Intelligent people use a dictionary. In the future, when you correct someone's spelling be sure to spell correctly yourself. Tell us the truth, are these Dupree stories really about your pathetic life. You are Dupree aren't you?

douglasawilliams#582863 writes:

Really need this guy. Hope we can close the deal and CLK can build a fence around Tennessee.

ourfourboyz#480227 writes:

the kid will pick between ut & al.al is the favorite today. but long ways to feb. my friends. here is where we will see if coach 0 & coach thompson can bring home the groceries. if we lose this one it will hurt bad high quality o-line don't grow on trees, high quality o-line in state even harder to find . bama fans shouldn't brag so much about 3 out of top 6, since they think we have worst high school football in the south. mtoms sorry to correct you but maplewood is not mba ,the private school you spoke of not being a-hole just letting you know if these bama fans get so annoyed wjth us uneducated, trailor park trash u.t.fans stay the he() off our site i'm sure there are all kinds of bama sites you can stay on. so stone don't be a bammer my son do the right thing, stay at home help bring us back . oh yeah buck fama &fl. toooo

Colliervol writes:

in response to BIPOLAR_BEAR:

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Classic.

CLEMSONVOL716WASBANNED writes:

in response to RollTideRoll987:

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That's Bamas way of saying doublewide.

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