Pahokee pair pick FSU after visiting UT camp

Merrill Noel of Pahokee (Fla.) High School committed to Florida State after visiting Knoxville last weekend as part of Tennessee’s summer camp.

The 5-foot-8, 160-pound defensive back was the second prospect from Pahokee to commit on Monday to Florida State, joining receiver De’Joshua Johnson.

UT won’t likely give up the fight for the two prospects, especially since both have said they will take official visits to other schools besides FSU.

UT hosted 11 players from Pahokee last weekend. The Vols also offered scholarships to defensive linemen Richard Ash and Antonio Ford and linebacker Zach Allen.

Pahokee has stood out in the recruiting world recently because of UT coach Lane Kiffin, who made less-than-flattering comments about the town shortly after National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

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StroVol writes:

5.8 160? hmmmm

appalachianvol writes:

He probably wanted to go to school with his friend. Nothing against out school or program. Been to Talahassee, nothing there!

kabzs writes:

Depth chart is against DBs to be recruited. If he were a Big OL guy it would be bothersome.

appalachianvol writes:

Would rather read about some commits to UT!!

TommyJack writes:

Must be for the shoes.

UrbanCryer writes:

these "non" stories are so dumb. first, committing in june means nothing. second, who even knows if ut offered them. if you follow recruiting you will see players from ALL teams flip-flop all over the place before signing day. see last years vol class. i.e. teague & richardson for example

kiffownsfla writes:

At least they passed on fla lol. GO VOLS!

golfballs03 writes:

This isn't surprising

hotrodvol writes:

I would not be suprised to see UT land a 5*DB before it's over. They might not have shown the love to Noel, just because they offered him. UT will be selective on DBs because they can be. My prediction one 5* and two 4* will sign with UT.

sigep889 writes:

Who cares about this guy.. Let him go to Fla. St. With Myles Jr, Jackson, and Gordon we will be deep at DB. There's no doubt we'll steal a 5 star DB from someone like we did last year.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to TCHDWN10C:

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can he catch a bounce pass on defence? just wondering

BasketVols writes:

in response to kiffownsfla:

At least they passed on fla lol. GO VOLS!

But of course the trolls will tell us that FL didn't want or need him; their second team defense will make second team All-American and Teblows will grow wings and ascend into heaven after this years Fiesta Bowl, because the NFL is not good enough for his graciousness, Amen...

Ans now totally off topic: Of all the recruits in the 2009 class, I am the most intrigued by Janzen Jackson. If it's possible for a 5* recruit to fly under the radar, I really haven't heard too much about him since signing day. With Berry there for at least one more season to show him the ropes, he could be the freshman to make the most immediate impact on the team. Thoughts?

utvolz#637682 writes:

So I guess his cousin (Nuke Richardson) couldn't persuade him to come to God's Country? I guess he's going to Tallahassee for the free shoes.... GO VOLS!

sigep889 writes:

in response to BasketVols:

But of course the trolls will tell us that FL didn't want or need him; their second team defense will make second team All-American and Teblows will grow wings and ascend into heaven after this years Fiesta Bowl, because the NFL is not good enough for his graciousness, Amen...

Ans now totally off topic: Of all the recruits in the 2009 class, I am the most intrigued by Janzen Jackson. If it's possible for a 5* recruit to fly under the radar, I really haven't heard too much about him since signing day. With Berry there for at least one more season to show him the ropes, he could be the freshman to make the most immediate impact on the team. Thoughts?

Jackson is going to be a star with Berry taking him under his wing. He has the potential to take over as the best player on the defense once Berry leaves.

givehim6 writes:

To me no big loss, UT will do fine in recruiting on defence. If it was a offensive player I might think ouch, but I think UT will be OK.

RaineyVol writes:

that is the smallest DB

kiffownsfla writes:

in response to BasketVols:

But of course the trolls will tell us that FL didn't want or need him; their second team defense will make second team All-American and Teblows will grow wings and ascend into heaven after this years Fiesta Bowl, because the NFL is not good enough for his graciousness, Amen...

Ans now totally off topic: Of all the recruits in the 2009 class, I am the most intrigued by Janzen Jackson. If it's possible for a 5* recruit to fly under the radar, I really haven't heard too much about him since signing day. With Berry there for at least one more season to show him the ropes, he could be the freshman to make the most immediate impact on the team. Thoughts?

My thoughts he will be another eric berry the kid will be great ! GO VOLS!

Volunatic writes:

in response to TCHDWN10C:

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Do you know what a "defensive back" does?

Volunatic writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Mike Hamilton has been trying to replace Orange with black as our school's color for years now.
Look at the baseball uniforms and the seats in TBA for evidence.

hotrodvol writes:

in response to BasketVols:

But of course the trolls will tell us that FL didn't want or need him; their second team defense will make second team All-American and Teblows will grow wings and ascend into heaven after this years Fiesta Bowl, because the NFL is not good enough for his graciousness, Amen...

Ans now totally off topic: Of all the recruits in the 2009 class, I am the most intrigued by Janzen Jackson. If it's possible for a 5* recruit to fly under the radar, I really haven't heard too much about him since signing day. With Berry there for at least one more season to show him the ropes, he could be the freshman to make the most immediate impact on the team. Thoughts?

J. Jackson will be a great player and his dad is a college coach. #2 corner in the country, but would like to play safety maybe because he is a hard hitter.

IMO, this UT team will get an infusion of some very good talent, Askew, Miles, Hueghes(sp) Brown, Oku, NuKeese, Gordon I know I'm missing a couple, but these players will not redshirt.

The only players this class didn't get is a big WR(M.Brown),DL(Montero was a suprise), OL, and a QB. Hopefully they will close on some good players. OL is the only position I see this team behind on. Because Scroggins will be a VOL, and the WRs will come, we all know the defensive players will come.

99gator writes:

for those scoring at home.....

when all the hub-bub happened regarding pahokee high school, i told all of you that for years that was a florida state, not a florida, pipeline.

florida has had a pipeline with belle glade (a rival of pahokee).

florida state currently has more players committed from pahokee (2), than florida has signed in the last ten years (j. jenkins).

AllVol1 writes:

Scroggins will see the light. (It's orange and white.) DeJoshua Noel will change his mind. It's a long, long time before signing day. Between now and the ink-day, these recruits will be watching to see if UT's resurgence is legitimate. When we win nine--especially the world-shocking upset of Florida at the swamp--next year, the "committed elsewhere's" will start singing Rocky Top.

KCHS63 writes:

in response to MagicMan:

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The "lamekiffin" site has this as its header:

"The Official Site of University of Tennessee Men's Athletics."

Is that legal to openly lie like that?

Seems like someone who hates Lane like that could at least man-up and not hide like a coward behind someone else's identity. Just sayin'.

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

All this phooey will be a thing in the past come next month!

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

I didn't say phooey either!

andy112382#209793 writes:

in response to KCHS63:

The "lamekiffin" site has this as its header:

"The Official Site of University of Tennessee Men's Athletics."

Is that legal to openly lie like that?

Seems like someone who hates Lane like that could at least man-up and not hide like a coward behind someone else's identity. Just sayin'.

What do you expect from someone who knows just enough to slap a few links on a very basic site and actually pay to register a web address that sounds like a 3 year old made up.

99gator writes:

i posted this on another article, but no one answered. just seeing if i get a bigger response by posting it here.

rank the top 10 football players currently at tennessee, regardless of position.

#1 is obviously going to be eric berry.

but, rank the top 10 players for the 2009 vols (in order).

Volunatic writes:

in response to 99gator:

i posted this on another article, but no one answered. just seeing if i get a bigger response by posting it here.

rank the top 10 football players currently at tennessee, regardless of position.

#1 is obviously going to be eric berry.

but, rank the top 10 players for the 2009 vols (in order).

Okay, I'll give it a shot--
#2 LB Rico McCoy
#3 DT Dan Williams
#4 WR Gerald Jones
#5 RB Montario Hardesty
#6 DB/KOR Dennis Rogan
#7 DE Ben Martin
#8 Quintin Hancock
#9 LB Nick Reveiz
#10 PK Daniel Lincoln (assuming last year was just a "sophomore slump"-- otherwise I'll put DB Brent Vinson in the #10 slot)

Those are the ones whom I have seen play, although Quintin Hancock got the shaft in play calls by Clawful. Judging by his Spring play, he will be a major part of the offense this year.
Also, I suspect several newcomers will get considerable playing time and will be considered "stars" by season's end, due to both present necessity (lack of depth) and building for the future (game experience/recruiting aspect).

Volunatic writes:

in response to smokeydog:

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I agree, smokeydog-- Big Orange was UT's color long before Hamilton came along, and I hope it will be UT's color long after I'm "planted".

Volunatic writes:

in response to robvols:

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I agree with you partly. FSU (and bama and SoCal) should receive postseason bans for at least a couple of years for breaking the rules. However, taking away TV exposure penalizes all of the violators' opponents as well.
(I think the "vacated wins" should actually be "forfeits", and I think scholarship reductions should be mandatory for anything other than secondary violations.)

Volunatic writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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Please leave politics out of sports discussions.

saveoursaints writes:

in response to appalachianvol:

He probably wanted to go to school with his friend. Nothing against out school or program. Been to Talahassee, nothing there!

Wasn't he Nuke's cousin?

99gator writes:

you want to punish a program....pocketbook.

make them forfeit their share of television revenue for that season and any money they get from the shared pie of the bowl season or in basketball the ncaa tourney.

also, a school has the right to take away visiting tickets for away games if so desired.

fl state plays at clemson.....clemson has the right to deny florida state a ticket allotment.

just a few ideas.

Volunatic writes:

in response to appalachianvol:

He probably wanted to go to school with his friend. Nothing against out school or program. Been to Talahassee, nothing there!

Having been to Tallahassee in early October, I can say that there are a lot of beautiful, scantily-clad girls there.
UT has a lot of beautiful girls, also, but the weather here is cooler, so they are covered up more often.
Just sayin'.

Volunatic writes:

in response to FARRAGUT0406:

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We'll see.
Good coaching can often make up for personnel shortcomings, and poor coaching often hampers a loaded roster.
I think the coaching staff this season is an improvement over last year's staff, ESPECIALLY on offense. I also think some of the really good players on the roster last year (e.g.--Brandon Warren, several OLs, among others) were severely hampered by poor coaching last year.
Additionally, I think the incoming class is the best that UT has had since at least '05, and possibly longer than that.
Good players + good coaches = Volunatic chomping at the bit in anticipation of football season

give_him_6 writes:

in response to saveoursaints:

Wasn't he Nuke's cousin?

Yep. And the earlier article by KNS said he was looking HARD at UT now. abd because his cousin, Nuke was here would play a part in his recruitment as well. I guess blood ain't thicker than water..LOL!!
At least he's someplace where he's happy. On to the next!!!!

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to sigep889:

Jackson is going to be a star with Berry taking him under his wing. He has the potential to take over as the best player on the defense once Berry leaves.

Hey, Bro. 'Can't say on this site who I am, but I'm a Tennessee Alpha Sig Ep, 1973 alum. I lived behind the red doors for a couple of my years at UT. I plan on coming up from SC on founder's day. I definitely agree with your post. Monte's boys are putting the best NFL training course in college football. If you build it, they will come.

sigep889 writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Hey, Bro. 'Can't say on this site who I am, but I'm a Tennessee Alpha Sig Ep, 1973 alum. I lived behind the red doors for a couple of my years at UT. I plan on coming up from SC on founder's day. I definitely agree with your post. Monte's boys are putting the best NFL training course in college football. If you build it, they will come.

Always great to hear from other SPE brothers. Kiffin and Co. are going to bring us back to greatness!! I see a 9, maybe 10, win season coming up. Let's go Vols!

appalachianvol writes:

in response to Volunatic:

Having been to Tallahassee in early October, I can say that there are a lot of beautiful, scantily-clad girls there.
UT has a lot of beautiful girls, also, but the weather here is cooler, so they are covered up more often.
Just sayin'.

point taken. Actually I was refering to game days. You can't by a beer; hot dog etc outside outside and close to the stadium. Something about the school has the concession rights or someting like that. Be prepaired to stand during the whole time of the game. The idiots stand an wave the tommy-hawk sign no matter how much they are behind? It's a terrible place for an old man to go see a game.
can't sit down and see the game.

appalachianvol writes:

Also,
I've been all over the world! No place and I mean no place can compare to Tennessee or the women!!!

teampenny#658108 writes:

in response to appalachianvol:

Also,
I've been all over the world! No place and I mean no place can compare to Tennessee or the women!!!

You got to be kidding.

chad_t31 writes:

in response to Volunatic:

Okay, I'll give it a shot--
#2 LB Rico McCoy
#3 DT Dan Williams
#4 WR Gerald Jones
#5 RB Montario Hardesty
#6 DB/KOR Dennis Rogan
#7 DE Ben Martin
#8 Quintin Hancock
#9 LB Nick Reveiz
#10 PK Daniel Lincoln (assuming last year was just a "sophomore slump"-- otherwise I'll put DB Brent Vinson in the #10 slot)

Those are the ones whom I have seen play, although Quintin Hancock got the shaft in play calls by Clawful. Judging by his Spring play, he will be a major part of the offense this year.
Also, I suspect several newcomers will get considerable playing time and will be considered "stars" by season's end, due to both present necessity (lack of depth) and building for the future (game experience/recruiting aspect).

What about josh mcneil? Just trying to think of o-linemen...he'd be the only one.

GerryOP writes:

in response to sigep889:

Always great to hear from other SPE brothers. Kiffin and Co. are going to bring us back to greatness!! I see a 9, maybe 10, win season coming up. Let's go Vols!

Another "Hey bro" -- Tn Alpha '65.

Got total faith in this Kiffin kid.

If Kiffin is 1/2 as good at coaching as he is at GPA improvement, recruiting, keeping the footVols out of trouble with the cops, and PR, we are in for a wild ride ... all the way to the top.

74 -- Fear The Kiffin...

douglasawilliams#582863 writes:

in response to Volunatic:

I agree with you partly. FSU (and bama and SoCal) should receive postseason bans for at least a couple of years for breaking the rules. However, taking away TV exposure penalizes all of the violators' opponents as well.
(I think the "vacated wins" should actually be "forfeits", and I think scholarship reductions should be mandatory for anything other than secondary violations.)

Maybe taking away scholarships is enough punishment in most cases. Vacated wins is kind of ridiculous really no punishment at all. Post season ban perhaps does punish the conference. It also hurts recruiting so I think it as a good deterrent against future violations.

nicksjuzunk#646117 writes:

in response to 99gator:

for those scoring at home.....

when all the hub-bub happened regarding pahokee high school, i told all of you that for years that was a florida state, not a florida, pipeline.

florida has had a pipeline with belle glade (a rival of pahokee).

florida state currently has more players committed from pahokee (2), than florida has signed in the last ten years (j. jenkins).

Great insight 99,

I have to say I am shocked that a school that is seemingly as talented as that does not have more Gator infiltration. You would think that they would grab at least one or two a year... but one in 10 years???

Volunatic writes:

in response to chad_t31:

What about josh mcneil? Just trying to think of o-linemen...he'd be the only one.

I considered him-- he has a lot of potential, and hopefully this coaching staff can get him to perform.
However, he was beaten out by a walk-on (Frogg) for the starting position for quite a while, and last year the entire O-line was so terrible I didn't think any of them compared to the individuals in that list. (I blame the O-line woes last season largely on Clawful, though.)

sigep889 writes:

in response to utwhinesalot:

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Hey man, if you're such a Gators fan why do you spend so much time on the Vols message boards? You're either scared of what the Vols are going to be bringing to the field next year or you're a loser with absolutely no life. Good chance I'm right about both. Enjoy Teebag while you can bc Berry will hurt him if he gets the chance.

TrouserCough writes:

Didn't want 'em anyway. Someone said they don't even wear shoes down there.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to 99gator:

i posted this on another article, but no one answered. just seeing if i get a bigger response by posting it here.

rank the top 10 football players currently at tennessee, regardless of position.

#1 is obviously going to be eric berry.

but, rank the top 10 players for the 2009 vols (in order).

2-l.b. mccoy
3-r.b. brown
4-w.r jones
5-d.t williams
6-d.e. martin
7-w.r hancock
8-d.b. rogan
9-r.b. hardesty
10- l.b. rovez

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to 99gator:

i posted this on another article, but no one answered. just seeing if i get a bigger response by posting it here.

rank the top 10 football players currently at tennessee, regardless of position.

#1 is obviously going to be eric berry.

but, rank the top 10 players for the 2009 vols (in order).

Hey 99 I tried to do this with your team and to be honest after the first two
tebow and spikes there were so many I could not just list them as there were too many to be number 3 so I just gave up on it as I had 3 number 3's and 3 number 4's
so I just said they are loaded period. I also tried it with GA and LSU and they are also in good shape.
Thanks for the little task as it was fun to do
HUNTINED

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