Defensive end Adams likes UT's atmosphere, commits

Tennessee’s football team likely picked up some immediate help via two junior college commitments on Sunday.

First, the Vols picked up Ken Adams from Copiah-Lincoln Community in Wesson, Miss., when the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder pledged to be a Vol early Sunday.

UT followed that up with a commitment from Kenbrell Thompkins, a 6-3, 190-pound receiver from El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif. Thompkins is considered one of the top junior college receiver prospects in the nation. He has scholarship offers from Florida, Alabama, LSU and Arizona among others.

Adams made his decision during his official visit to Knoxville this weekend.

“I like everything about Tennessee,” he said. “Good atmosphere, I enjoyed myself at the game.”

Adams picked the Vols over Auburn and said he is trying to get his academics in order so he can enroll in January.

Adams is having a strong season as a defensive end with 40 tackles, 10 sacks, two passes broken up, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. The Vols, however, are recruiting him as a tight end, the position he played in 2008.

Adams said UT might also use him as a third-down, pass-rush specialist. He said he has no preference between the two positions.

“I’ve been playing tight end since high school,” he said. “It’s a good position. You get a lot of balls thrown. You’re involved in the offense a lot.”

UT could use immediate tight end help. UT’s top two tight ends, Luke Stocker and Jeff Cottam, are both upperclassmen. Stocker is a junior. Cottam is a senior.

“They don’t have that much depth,” Adams said.

UT receivers coach Frank Wilson was the primary recruiter in charge of luring Adams.

“He’s a real good guy,” Adams said. “He told me everything I needed to hear.”

Adams said he was first recruited by Wilson to UT in the spring. Wilson said then that he planned on offering Adams a scholarship and backed up that claim this weekend.

UT linebackers coach Lance Thompson also offered some familiarity. Thompson recruited Adams to Alabama out of Enterprise (Ala.) High School in 2008. Adams originally committed to Auburn.

Tennessee has 21 commitments for the 2010 class. The Vols are expected to sign 28 to 30 prospects.

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layoffthevolteam writes:

I am an old Vol, I like 'em..............

ArealVolFan writes:

Guy will end up being a TE

rustyfourqbtn writes:

we offered him as a tight end only.

VolunteerLifer writes:

Great. Welcome aboard, Ken. Now, can he play on the OL? Or maybe MLB?

smashmouth98 writes:

I wonder if they would slide him to OL. Sounds like a guy with good quick feet. That is what CLK is looking for from the OL position.

gwbask writes:

Coches must think he will be able to contrbute right away. Hope he'll be here in Jan.

gwbask writes:

in response to gwbask:

Coches must think he will be able to contrbute right away. Hope he'll be here in Jan.

Meant Coaches, not coches

rustyfourqbtn writes:

i will say it one more time. he is coming as a tight end and a tight end only. they made it clear to him he will be playing tight end. they want someone to play opposite stocker immediately and beieve he is physically ready right now.

VolInSabanLand writes:

in response to smashmouth98:

I wonder if they would slide him to OL. Sounds like a guy with good quick feet. That is what CLK is looking for from the OL position.

I'm always pleased to see quality players added to the UT commitment list, but I do have a few concerns. Like so many here over the past few weeks, I can't help but notice the predominance of defensive players, (which is great - I love good defense), especially along the line and have to wonder, when will the roadgraders for the OL show up? So, again like others here, I expect some of the DL guys to become OL players a year or two down the line.

I don't know that this guy is one of the more likely candidates for that move, though. At 240, he's even a bit under-sized for a DE and Ol guys tend to be much bigger than DL guys. Think of the Sullin brothers...much has been made of them being small - and they're in the 270s. So, I think we may see a coiuple of the DL recruits convert to OL, but probably not this one.

Another concern is that, with rumors that the two DE commits from So. Carolina perhaps waivering, is there a chance that we are worrying some of them by having so many? With these kids today wanting to play earlier and earlier, might seeing 8 or 9 new guys coming in for the position you are planning to play scare a few away?

Anyway, there's a reason I'm not a recruiting analyst or coach, so I'll trust the men who are to get us a great class, but I do worry about losing a better 4 year commit because of too many others vying for spots.

Bring on the 300+ O-line dudes. All else looks great.

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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I agree with you on Spikes. If that UGA player were my boy you'd best be assured I'd be having a few words with Meyer and Slive. Of course, since he's not a coach and he plays for the Gators, he'll go untouched by the SEC. If Slive had any backbone he'd demand a suspension, but we all know that wouldn't happen.

oldvolsfan writes:

why do you question the coches they seem to know what they are doing

VolInSabanLand writes:

in response to rustyfourqbtn:

i will say it one more time. he is coming as a tight end and a tight end only. they made it clear to him he will be playing tight end. they want someone to play opposite stocker immediately and beieve he is physically ready right now.

rusty:

Sorry, I didn't see your post until after I had made my apparently ill-informed comments. If what you say is correct, then it makes much more sense to me. Thanks for the report.

mamabob writes:

He's a tight end commitment, KNS!!

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to VolInSabanLand:

I'm always pleased to see quality players added to the UT commitment list, but I do have a few concerns. Like so many here over the past few weeks, I can't help but notice the predominance of defensive players, (which is great - I love good defense), especially along the line and have to wonder, when will the roadgraders for the OL show up? So, again like others here, I expect some of the DL guys to become OL players a year or two down the line.

I don't know that this guy is one of the more likely candidates for that move, though. At 240, he's even a bit under-sized for a DE and Ol guys tend to be much bigger than DL guys. Think of the Sullin brothers...much has been made of them being small - and they're in the 270s. So, I think we may see a coiuple of the DL recruits convert to OL, but probably not this one.

Another concern is that, with rumors that the two DE commits from So. Carolina perhaps waivering, is there a chance that we are worrying some of them by having so many? With these kids today wanting to play earlier and earlier, might seeing 8 or 9 new guys coming in for the position you are planning to play scare a few away?

Anyway, there's a reason I'm not a recruiting analyst or coach, so I'll trust the men who are to get us a great class, but I do worry about losing a better 4 year commit because of too many others vying for spots.

Bring on the 300+ O-line dudes. All else looks great.

No. This guy is a tight end. He was recruited as a tight end. Hubbs confirmed that he is a tight end. O linemen will come. Most of the tops ones havent announced yet, just give it time. We need them bad, but don't sweat it. Just to say it again...this guy is a tight end.

DaveVol writes:

what did Spikes do? I missed it.

chaos001 writes:

in response to DaveVol:

what did Spikes do? I missed it.

jab a Georgia player's eye out...

jasonsvols writes:

The only reason he playes defensive end is because of depth on the team he plays for now. Ken is a tightend.

BillsBrother writes:

in response to DaveVol:

what did Spikes do? I missed it.

check out the link that the Witch Doctor provided. It appears that Urban's Angel tried to poke his opponents eyes out!

BSweet writes:

Can someone please explain to me the new SEC rule about 28 players in a recruiting class and how it relates to grey-shirting? I'm having this sneaky suspicion that all Vol fans may come to hate this rule. With what we have committed, and the slots we have left, it's hard to imagine us filling all of our needs.

Txvol57 writes:

in response to VolInSabanLand:

I'm always pleased to see quality players added to the UT commitment list, but I do have a few concerns. Like so many here over the past few weeks, I can't help but notice the predominance of defensive players, (which is great - I love good defense), especially along the line and have to wonder, when will the roadgraders for the OL show up? So, again like others here, I expect some of the DL guys to become OL players a year or two down the line.

I don't know that this guy is one of the more likely candidates for that move, though. At 240, he's even a bit under-sized for a DE and Ol guys tend to be much bigger than DL guys. Think of the Sullin brothers...much has been made of them being small - and they're in the 270s. So, I think we may see a coiuple of the DL recruits convert to OL, but probably not this one.

Another concern is that, with rumors that the two DE commits from So. Carolina perhaps waivering, is there a chance that we are worrying some of them by having so many? With these kids today wanting to play earlier and earlier, might seeing 8 or 9 new guys coming in for the position you are planning to play scare a few away?

Anyway, there's a reason I'm not a recruiting analyst or coach, so I'll trust the men who are to get us a great class, but I do worry about losing a better 4 year commit because of too many others vying for spots.

Bring on the 300+ O-line dudes. All else looks great.

Hey I have an idea...why dont you stop worrying about it and let the coaches do what they do best....do you really think the coaches dont realize that they need OL?.....why do you think they are recruiting James, Cullen, Green, and all the other ones so hard...be patient

Ironcity writes:

in response to BillsBrother:

check out the link that the Witch Doctor provided. It appears that Urban's Angel tried to poke his opponents eyes out!

I saw it during the game. UF has been and is one of the dirtiest teams in the country. I have no problem with that but when the refs turn a blind eye to all penalties committed by the Gators, then it just makes it a little more absurd. Couple years ago UF consistently was in the top 10 in the country for penalties suddenly now they don't hold and they never commit personnel fouls. When they do, the ref have to cal off setting or just in the case of the Ark. game call it on the other team.

Its putting a black eye on the conference.

As for this recruit and the others, a lot will change between now and signing day. We will have our usual defections but we will also pull some rabbits out of the hat. I just hope the rabbits are better then the defections.

TDTN writes:

I just watched the brandon spikes video. What a sorry bush-league thug. This guy has absolutely no class. Surely this video will be reviewed by the SEC and penalties will follow. You cant get any more blatant and dirty than that. The guy was defensless and on the ground. What a coward. We will find out this week if meyer has a backbone or not.

asleep#212036 writes:

I think gray-shirting works for the short term but for the long term, it can be counter-productive. Once you move those kids into the next year's class, that can severely limit the number of kids you can sign that year. And you can't do it indefinitely - at some point you have to pay the piper. Of course, in UT's situation, they need a lot of players right now and are probably happy to get those kids signed and worry about the consequences later. With all the needs we have on the offensive and defensive lines, if players are available, then we should get them on board and be more selective down the road. Go Vols!!!

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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You want to live up to being wrong and picking Spurrier and SC over us last night?Or did you miss the game because Spikes poked your eyes out too?

rustyfourqbtn writes:

yes pulling a face mask is definetly the same is trying to blind someone.

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Ejected from the game? For a facemask? That is just silly.

miamiVOL writes:

Early Enrollee who has 3 years to play 3 seasons, NOT going to be a OL, brought in 100% to be a TE

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Does it matter. Fact: We won. Fact: They lost. Fact: You can't erase turnovers. Fact: You picked SC. Fact: You can't live up to it. Fact: A defense that gives up one TD in 10 quarters is not suspect. Though the offense stumbled a bit.

rustyfourqbtn writes:

mv, you may be the dunbest poster on this site ever. UT forced all 4 turnovers and the offense was great. the team who wins the rushing battle wins football games. look at who won that battle dipsh!t.

rustyfourqbtn writes:

dumbest

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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The only thing I asked you was if you could admit you were wrong, instead you come back with some bs spin job trying to take the win out. Final UT 31-SC 13. You were wrong. Own it or stfu.

rustyfourqbtn writes:

kiffin said it yes, but he always plays the teams success down to keep them humble and hungry. you being such a genius should know that.

tennman65 writes:

in response to Witch_Doctor:

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That is low doc. Slive might be able to control the coaches, but he can't control the fans. We all need to raise Hades about this.

GBO!

volfan17 writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Who caused those turnovers? Did you even watch the game? Tennessee hit them hard and knocked the ball loose twice and stripped it another time. It wasn't like SC just dropped those balls. You're just sad.

tennesseebee writes:

Hey, recruits. If the Vols come calling, have the sense to commit. It means you are the best. If UT Vols offer it means you are talented and lucky it has been recognized.

rockytopatl writes:

An Atlanta Journal-Constitution included this item in a column entitled "Reasons Georgia's Loss to Florida was Worse than it Appeared:"

"5. Tennessee. It’s coming fast. If Georgia didn’t figure to finish ahead of Florida in 2009, neither did it seem any other SEC East school posed an imminent threat to the Bulldogs’ hold on second place. South Carolina is ensconced as a 7-5 or 8-4 team, and Kentucky and Vandy are Kentucky and Vandy. But Tennessee has now beaten Georgia and South Carolina and has played Florida and Alabama close, and that’s a scary sign. Because if Tennessee in Year 1 under Kiffin can have the same overall record as Georgia in Year 9 under Richt, what happens in 2010?"

eldr5#344719 writes:

Brandon Spikes should be suspended for going after Ealy's eyes like that. That's just dangerous and low-class.

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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OWN IT or STFU. Plain and simple. You can't see the forest for the trees. You know Kiffin has improved this team, you know we are better than our record shows, you know this is a team that can be 8-4 come the end of the year. You know we are going to recruit hard and guys like Brown, and Green, and Luc are all going to keep looking and may even decide to come. Florida is not safe from this staff. They won't win them all, but they will win enough to get under your scales.

Txvol57 writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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and we will end up 8-4 with a better record and better bowl game than you.....so while your team stays average...ours gets better...and yes, 8-4 is successful considering we have the same players as last years 5-7 team. Blow it out your a** douche bag and do us all a favor and go walk your po-dunk fat stupid a** into oncoming traffic!!

ChattMac writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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I've been waiting for one of the interlopers so I can say this. "Scoreboard". MVuniv...What does that stand for?? You a gator or an elephant?? Hey everybody this guy has 247 posts on our site since he joined on Sept 20. How pathetic is that???

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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You are worthless. Can't own your own fault. Face masks happen all the time. Don't spill that bs. Blinding some one is much worse than a frickin face mask. And the whole calling players by girls names is a hoot. I'm calling you Flo from now on, because you are honestly worth about the same as a girl's period is.

ChattMac writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Looked to me like the guy wouldn't get out of his face and he grabbed him high and twisted him off. He got some face mask, but you can get your hand in there and not be able to turn loose. No comparing a dead-ball foul with intent to injure a player to an incidental face mask during a play.

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Flo...if you out play them the game is at least close. example...TN/Ala...Arky/UF. 31-13 is a stomping there is no Moral victory here because they were rank and got run on passed on and hit on. UT out played them forcing 4 turnovers running all over them, not turning it over. Get a clue Flo, get a clue.

mlsoft#228820 writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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If a cat had a washrag, it wouldn't have to lick its butt.

SC lost -- big time, to a clearly superior team.

mlsoft

dma38256#264746 writes:

in response to eldr5#344719:

Brandon Spikes should be suspended for going after Ealy's eyes like that. That's just dangerous and low-class.

Things have a way of coming full circle....may it come to spikes sooner rather than later.

ChattMac writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Hah..Out played..A little different game buddy. Last week we outplayed and lost by 2 points to the top-ranked team in the land. Lets see, after the first TO we scored from 50 yards out in 2 plays. After the 2nd about 40 yards. The 3rd was what another 25 or so. You still have to punch it in and we did. Our defense took some chances with the lead. That totally changes how you play defense. With a big lead, you play to keep them out of the end zone. Their lone touchdown was a fluke play. I think the receiver pushed off..lol...I do think our corner gave up on the play. It was a great catch and a lucky throw. Besides, we gained the yards we had to gain. If you give us the ball in your territory, we can only get so many yards to get a TD. Short fields and TD's sometimes equals less yardage. But again I say. "SCOREBOARD"..Get lost buddy.

ArealVolFan writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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Flo...maybe you could help him pick out a skirt? Maybe some heels? I'm sure you have some very dainty things he could borrow....OH Wait...Berry could crush you with his pinky, but it wouldn't be fair to pick on a girl would it,Flo?

mlsoft#228820 writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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uh, miss prissy...

It is very hard to claim a 31-13 defeat as a "moral victory"

You are a fool.

mlsoft

rustyfourqbtn writes:

success is when your team plays a good game like the whippings of UGA and USCjr.

success is also when Kirk Herbstreit looks into the camera on gameday and says to the rest of the SEC that "UT is back and they are to be reckoned with and if your gonna beat them you better do it now because they are back and they are going to be a beast again". suck on that b1tch!!!!!!!

Dachga writes:

in response to MVuniv:

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You're silly. No one from Tennessee called either the FLA or UA game a moral victory, just the fans. Make sure you know what you're talking about before you say something like that.

As for calling players by girl names...that's real funny...if I was in middle school.

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