There is a possibility Tennessee’s wide receiving corps will be one player deeper throughout its Music City Bowl practices.
Vincent Dallas, a three-star athlete from Ellenwood, Ga., who had already planned to enroll for spring semester, said Sunday he will join the Vols for bowl practice. He graduates from Cedar Grove High on Wednesday and said he will be on campus Thursday, just in time for the first of the 15 allotted practices.
“I’m just going to see how everything is and I’ll try to contribute,” Dallas said.
According to NCAA rules, early enrollees can practice only on campus but must be finished with the enrollment process to do so. Spring classes begin Jan. 12.
Dallas is one of six UT commitments who plan to enroll early, though it appears he is the only one who will join the team this month. Quarterback Justin Worley (Rock Hill, S.C.), center Mack Crowder (Bristol), tight end Brendan Downs (Bristol), offensive lineman Alan Posey (Athens, Ga.) and cornerback Justin Coleman (Brunswick, Ga.) are expected to join Dallas in January.
Dallas, who committed to the Vols in October over a bevy of offers from across the SEC, was one of four official visitors on campus this past weekend. He didn’t have much to say about the visit because, well, he’s already been to Knoxville five times in the past year.
“It wasn’t nothing I hadn’t seen,” Dallas said. “It was nice. They showed me a good time. It was real nice.”
Hosted by defensive tackle Malik Jackson, Dallas (6-foot, 180 pounds) spent time with his future position coach, Charlie Baggett, who provided Dallas with the basics of what he will be expected to do over the next few weeks.
“I’ll just be running routes, working with the quarterback. Not too much,” Dallas said. “He’s a real cool coach. We get along just fine.”
Dallas was joined this weekend by four-star junior college cornerback Izauea Lanier (East Mississippi Community College), four-star JUCO defensive end Leon Mackey (Hinds Community College) and three-star safety Kadetrix Marcus (Stone Mountain, Ga.). Lanier and Mackey remained uncommitted, while Marcus committed to South Carolina in November.
Dallas said he tried to recruit all three to UT throughout the weekend, and was most optimistic about his progress with Mackey, who has visited Texas Tech, Alabama and South Carolina and plans to see Mississippi State in January.
Lanier has said he will decide between UT and Ole Miss and plans to enroll for spring semester at whichever school he chooses.