Pahokee DT Ash hopes for June 18 visit to Tennessee

Richard Ash is still learning about Tennessee's football program.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive tackle from Pahokee (Fla.) High School said he hopes to visit UT on June 18.

"It'd be nice to play in front of a lot of fans," Ash said, referring to Neyland Stadium.

Ash said he's kept in touch with running backs coach Eddie Gran to learn more about UT.

Ash was able to see Gran's humorous side recently when Gran was kicked out of Pahokee High by principal Ariel Alejo.

"I called Coach Gran and said, 'Coach I thought you were supposed to come to our school today,' " Ash recalled. "He said, 'Oh, I did but your principal kicked me out.' So I was laughing at first because I thought he was playing with me."

Gran, of course, wasn't playing. The situation was resolved last Tuesday when UT head coach Lane Kiffin apologized again for his less-than-flattering comments about Pahokee, which were made shortly after National Signing Day on Feb. 4.

Still, Ash said he plans to ask Kiffin about the comments.

"If I get to visit I'd have to talk to him in person about it," Ash said.

Ash has someone nearby he can talk to about UT in the meantime.

Nu'Keese Richardson, a Pahokee receiver who signed with UT in February, said he's shared information about the Vols with his former teammates.

"I pretty much tell them I love it - the town, the people, the players and stuff like that," Richardson said. "It's just a good environment to be in."

Ash still has plenty of offers to consider. Along with UT, his offers include Florida, Florida State, UCLA, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma State and South Florida.

Ash said distance won't be a factor in his decision.

"If I feel comfortable with the place and the coaches and the atmosphere," Ash said, "it doesn't really matter if I leave home."

Josh Ward is a freelance contributor.

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KJVol writes:

I'm proud to be an Okie from Pahokee...

MattDillon writes:

you know

belayvol writes:

Come on up Richard. We love Pahokee.

txvolsfan writes:

Coach Gran pull'em in

RoadTrip writes:

Another good update, Josh. Thanks!

We have room for him in Monte/Coach O's stable.

RoadTrip writes:

Hey biggestutfan - mine use to be KiffInMeansToWin.

VolWalker writes:

Dumb question....Josh Ward any relation to John Ward..just curious

rclarkfork#639958 writes:

The principal may have tried steering these kids one direction and make Kiffin look like a bad guy but the kids took it all with a grain of salt. Gran seems to have us in the running for a lot of kids down in Florida. If we can start making a big dent down there, it would have a major impact on our program. Best recruiting staff in college football. Reel um in boys.

panties4tebow writes:

Sign him up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RoadTrip writes:

in response to biggestutfan:

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Just did buddy. Knew for sure when you were joined that I needed to.

old_number1 writes:

in response to biggestutfan:

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Big, your the man! Keep up the good work. Unarmmed-LMAO. Trollfree is #29 on the list. I'm ready to post a 'troll list', but I need some feedback from others. Your choices?

chargervol writes:

This is good news. Gran seems to be able to communicate to the players through all the adversity. Keep up the good work coach. GO VOLS!!!

old_number1 writes:

in response to Florrible:

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Yes. I had overlooked him. Tarheels'tool' is good, but I call him Tarheels'drool'!

Book1, were's your list?

RoadTrip writes:

As hot as this staff is now and going to be over the near term, I am just hoping they can hold all of the key coaches together for at least 4-5 years. After that point you can promote from within and take your time hiring disciples from the outside as needed. Yeah, I did say disciples. It is Sunday after all.

The Volunteer locomotive is building up speed and starting to roar down the track...

RoadTrip writes:

in response to smokeydog:

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I like your style!

dvhill100 writes:

This staff was built to recruit, and they are bringing home the bacon. If they coach half as well as they are recruiting, it'll all be good.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

in response to Book1:

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How about Magicman and Butchisback?

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

the10sevol writes:

hmmm...a pahokee kid, when asked about leaving home, said "No problem!"
this is just too easy a tee-up, I ain't touchin' it...
clk, take note, just say no to easy wisecracks, lol...

old_number1 writes:

in response to Book1:

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Hey Book, Elite Vol Posters is 29 strong at the moment. I'll update the list tomorrow.

I had the ones that you mentioned on the troll list already. I need to know your opinion, and other opinions on these.

Slystone......Justwaittiloct24
Rich_Rollin_09....

I need to hear fron you too, Naval!

old_number1 writes:

in response to robvols:

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Hey Rob, are you in with us on this? Your name isn't on my Elite list yet.

dvhill100 writes:

in response to Florrible:

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I see wins:
WKU, Ohio, Memphis, Vandy and Kentucky.
I see losses:
Florida, Alabama, Mississippi (all away games).
Could go either way:
UCLA, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina. I would think we should take two of the four since they are all at home. GA is the strongest, but we seem to have their number. UCLA will be a good early test and provide an early indicator of what we are capable of. Auburn was as bad as we were last year, and we'll have to see how the latest version of the spread down there works. South Carolina also seems to be anemic on offense, and if it is a close game, I think our running game will prevail. Again, these four games could go either way, but being all at Neyland should help.

old_number1 writes:

in response to robvols:

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Great Rob, I think together We can make a difference. We now have 31 on the list. Remember, don't feed the trolls!

old_number1 writes:

in response to supersmo18:

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Sounds to me like you need to be an Elite Vol poster. Are you in? Hogmolly has provided a list of 22 that are on the list already. But he seems to have a problem with his 'post comment' button. LOL

mercuryvol writes:

ON1-is it my imagination,vacation time,or what? I've been on 3 threads and only good discussion-I think your program is working,even if the articles weren't.

old_number1 writes:

in response to mercuryvol:

ON1-is it my imagination,vacation time,or what? I've been on 3 threads and only good discussion-I think your program is working,even if the articles weren't.

Merc, that's good to hear. I've been playing catch-up on the threads tonight to respond to interested posters. I've caught some flak, be i'm moving forward. We just have to keep at it. BTW, it will be great when I can post about football again.LOL

Everyone, We now have 32 Elite Vol posters!

old_number1 writes:

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Thanks Super, from all of us!

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to old_number1:

Great Rob, I think together We can make a difference. We now have 31 on the list. Remember, don't feed the trolls!

count me in old number 1

gwbask writes:

in response to dvhill100:

I see wins:
WKU, Ohio, Memphis, Vandy and Kentucky.
I see losses:
Florida, Alabama, Mississippi (all away games).
Could go either way:
UCLA, Auburn, Georgia, South Carolina. I would think we should take two of the four since they are all at home. GA is the strongest, but we seem to have their number. UCLA will be a good early test and provide an early indicator of what we are capable of. Auburn was as bad as we were last year, and we'll have to see how the latest version of the spread down there works. South Carolina also seems to be anemic on offense, and if it is a close game, I think our running game will prevail. Again, these four games could go either way, but being all at Neyland should help.

UCLA will be a good early test. They will be much improved. Their coaching staff is good and new. They have a one year advantage in putting their system together and recruiting over our guys. We have the home field. But we gave them the game last year. I say we'll win with defense a good ground game

Voluvr writes:

These guys want to play in the NFL and they know the best place to get ready for that is Tennessee. At Florida, they're coming off an upswing and are loaded at every position. Their recruits won't see the field for at least two years. I don't care what they're telling them.

I would rather be on a team that's on the rise and getting the best recruits now than one that won't be better than they are right now.

old_number1 writes:

in response to robvols:

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Rob, those are the type of posters that We need in our group. But I need to get verification that they want to be included. I don't want to put them on the list if they don't wan't to be on there for some reason. Can you give me a list of 'for sure' posters?

rbhobbs73#226545 writes:

in response to old_number1:

Rob, those are the type of posters that We need in our group. But I need to get verification that they want to be included. I don't want to put them on the list if they don't wan't to be on there for some reason. Can you give me a list of 'for sure' posters?

count me in my friend.....The Lane Train is Coming!

txvolsfan writes:

in response to old_number1:

Hey Rob, are you in with us on this? Your name isn't on my Elite list yet.

Has anyone mentioned Hiresanders?

txvolsfan writes:

in response to old_number1:

Sounds to me like you need to be an Elite Vol poster. Are you in? Hogmolly has provided a list of 22 that are on the list already. But he seems to have a problem with his 'post comment' button. LOL

Must of got a hoof stuck in the keyboard!!!

LouneyTom writes:

in response to old_number1:

Hey Rob, are you in with us on this? Your name isn't on my Elite list yet.

Im not Rob but please put me on your Elite list. Plus on the troll list..how about Hiresanders?

txvolsfan writes:

in response to checkerdpast:

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Giving Ark. attention would be like giving Vandy credit!!!
They should be in Conference USA or conference USUK

txvolsfan writes:

in response to LouneyTom:

Im not Rob but please put me on your Elite list. Plus on the troll list..how about Hiresanders?

I put the same name Tom, HireSanders has been a thorn for a while! and adds absolutely nothing to this site

richvol writes:

What are these lists about and will they be effective in keeping trolls off of GVX? Most of the really good posters have left due to the constant bickering back and forth between our fans and these interlopers. None of the discussions are about the articles or even sports in general due to the constant insults back and forth. It's gotten really tiresome and I'm getting to the point that I don't even bother to read posts or contribute.

If someone has developed a way to clean this site up then please let us know. I don't ever mind hearing different points of view but insults and constant childlike drivel are not worth reading.

txvolsfan writes:

number 1, I would like to be on the list also, I'm sick of the interlopers and would love to go back to the pay site just to get rid of them!!!
They can't afford the $4.95 with their welfare checks

LouneyTom writes:

in response to txvolsfan:

I put the same name Tom, HireSanders has been a thorn for a while! and adds absolutely nothing to this site

Sorry Tx...didnt mean to try to steal your thunder hehe
Oh I agree with you...but worse than a thorn lol

txvolsfan writes:

in response to LouneyTom:

Sorry Tx...didnt mean to try to steal your thunder hehe
Oh I agree with you...but worse than a thorn lol

No big deal, I never worry about thunder I just like to keep updated on Big Orange football and that has become the last thing this site is about anymore!!! I liked the good ole days when we discussed the articles and we got uptodate on Vol ball!!!

old_number1 writes:

in response to richvol:

What are these lists about and will they be effective in keeping trolls off of GVX? Most of the really good posters have left due to the constant bickering back and forth between our fans and these interlopers. None of the discussions are about the articles or even sports in general due to the constant insults back and forth. It's gotten really tiresome and I'm getting to the point that I don't even bother to read posts or contribute.

If someone has developed a way to clean this site up then please let us know. I don't ever mind hearing different points of view but insults and constant childlike drivel are not worth reading.

I have started a list of 'Elite Vol Posters' for this site. We together pledge to NOT RESPOND to the lopers. Click my username for more info. Rich, We have 36 Elite Vol posters currently on the list.

Vol43 writes:

in response to old_number1:

Big, your the man! Keep up the good work. Unarmmed-LMAO. Trollfree is #29 on the list. I'm ready to post a 'troll list', but I need some feedback from others. Your choices?

Number 1, please add me to your list. Thanks.

GREATVOLSAFIRE writes:

count me in on1 GO VOLS!!!!

gwbask writes:

Good A.M. Vol fans. Old#1, Hogmolly is a troll for sure!

golfballs03 writes:

There are better prospects at DT that should be higher on our priority list. We've got Broussard and Harris. I know that commitments aren't set in stone, and I'd love to get everyone, but if I were picking, Ash might just crack the Top 5. Calvin Barnett, Evan Hailes, Jeffery Whitaker, George Uko all higher. Although, it might be worth stooping a little bit to get the Pahokee kid, if it means a more solid pipeline there in the future. Realistically, I think Ash will stay in state.

dvhill100 writes:

in response to richvol:

What are these lists about and will they be effective in keeping trolls off of GVX? Most of the really good posters have left due to the constant bickering back and forth between our fans and these interlopers. None of the discussions are about the articles or even sports in general due to the constant insults back and forth. It's gotten really tiresome and I'm getting to the point that I don't even bother to read posts or contribute.

If someone has developed a way to clean this site up then please let us know. I don't ever mind hearing different points of view but insults and constant childlike drivel are not worth reading.

100% concur.

GerryOP writes:

On Memorial Day, memories and prayers to all who serve.

103 -- Fear The Kiffin...

golfballs03 writes:

in response to golfballs03:

There are better prospects at DT that should be higher on our priority list. We've got Broussard and Harris. I know that commitments aren't set in stone, and I'd love to get everyone, but if I were picking, Ash might just crack the Top 5. Calvin Barnett, Evan Hailes, Jeffery Whitaker, George Uko all higher. Although, it might be worth stooping a little bit to get the Pahokee kid, if it means a more solid pipeline there in the future. Realistically, I think Ash will stay in state.

Oh, and I don't know if we're recruiting him as OL or DT, but I would put AJ Cann on that list too. Scout is the only site that lists him as a prospect at DT, while all the other rate him as either an OG or C. Either way they say the guy is a beast. Considering our circumstances, I would say we're looking at him to play OL. I think South Carolina is in the lead, be we're supposedly going after this guy hard.

golfballs03 writes:

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You're right. AJ Cann is a prime example.

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