Hooker: Stars descend on San Antonio

Dave Hooker

As was the case in Orlando, Fla., for the Under Armour All-American Game, plenty of Tennessee prospects have descended on San Antonio this week for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Receiver Markeith Ambles will be one of the UT headliners. Widely considered one of the top receiver prospects in the nation, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga., committed to UT in July.

Defensive end Jacques Smith from Ooltewah High School also is participating in the all-star event. The 6-3, 225-pounder committed to UT in February.

The Vols' third, and final, commitment in the all-star game will be kicker Michael Palardy. The 6-foot, 170-pounder from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is widely considered one of the top kicker prospects in the nation.

Several other undeclared prospects who also are considering the Vols will participate in Saturday's game.

Cornerback Victor Hampton has shown interest in UT, South Carolina and North Carolina. The 5-11, 170-pounder is from Darlington (S.C.) High School.

Offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio is scheduled to take an official visit to UT this month and is considering several schools. The offensive tackle from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., has taken official visits to Alabama, California, Miami and New Mexico.

Many think UT has long since fallen out of favor for top-rated tailback Lache Seastrunk from Temple (Texas) High School. Seastrunk, who rarely does interviews, is thought to be considering Auburn, LSU, Oregon and Southern California, but there has been chatter that the Vols may still be in contention.

The 5-11, 195-pound Seastrunk visited UT this summer. He has taken official visits to California, Oregon and USC.

A long shot for the Vols is linebacker Josh Shirley from Kaiser High School in Fontana, Calif., The 6-2, 225-pounder has taken official visits to Arizona and Washington.

UT was a finalist for safety Matt Elam from Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., but the Vols were seemingly eliminated when the 6-foot, 205-pounder committed to Florida State last week after de-committing from Florida.

The Vols have long been in the running for 6-1, 195-pound safety Ahmad Dixon from Midway High School in Waco, Texas. However, Dixon has been committed to Baylor since May.

Offensive lineman Shon Coleman from Olive Branch (Miss.) High School has been committed to Auburn since April, but UT has garnered the 6-7, 285-pounder's interest.

Likewise, 6-4, 250-pound defensive tackle Garrison Smith from Douglass High School in Atlanta is committed to Georgia but has shown interest in UT.

Defensive end Brandon Willis is one of the more intriguing prospects on UT's board. The 6-3, 225-pound defensive end from Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C., committed to UT, but has since committed to North Carolina.

Dave Hooker covers recruiting. He may be reached at hookerd@knoxnews.com.

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Comments » 21

mrmn74 writes:

Let's reel them in!!!

revjulian writes:

Getting any of these guys would be a huge bonus to our team. I still believe we will pull one or two away from othere schools on signing day.... we usually do.

crimsonviper writes:

Ahmad Dixon decommitted from Baylor TONIGHT.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to revjulian:

Getting any of these guys would be a huge bonus to our team. I still believe we will pull one or two away from othere schools on signing day.... we usually do.

By "usually do" did you mean "last year we did?"

JLeon04 writes:

Man, I really want Shirley! He and Taylor would make an awesome combo at the OLB spots. Although, I think it is a strong possibility that Taylor jumps ship for ND. I just hope Monte and Lance keep close contact with him through NSD.

UT4ever writes:

this recruiting news is waaayyy behind.....not even close to what's really happenning!!!
1. Shirley = stayin' in Cali
2. Hampton = we've cooled off
3. Brandon Willis = seeya later
4. Elam = later, have fun with Grany
5. Seastrunk = highly unlikely

otherwise, this article is fairly accurate!!! Way to bring us such cutting edge info KNS!! maybe you should read Scout or Volquest to help you out!! HOHOHHHHO~!!!!

JLeon04 writes:

in response to UT4ever:

this recruiting news is waaayyy behind.....not even close to what's really happenning!!!
1. Shirley = stayin' in Cali
2. Hampton = we've cooled off
3. Brandon Willis = seeya later
4. Elam = later, have fun with Grany
5. Seastrunk = highly unlikely

otherwise, this article is fairly accurate!!! Way to bring us such cutting edge info KNS!! maybe you should read Scout or Volquest to help you out!! HOHOHHHHO~!!!!

All of that is old news. However, out of all the recruits that you listed, Shirley is the only real possibility. Having said that, he is a VERY LONG shot. The others we don't have a chance at getting.

Gator_Hater (Inactive) writes:

in response to The_Four_Horsemen:

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Why?

Brown, Oku, Poole, Toney Williams.

Don't worry bro.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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Or DC_does_shetland_ponies

Coach_Joe writes:

in response to NumberThirteen987:

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Are you kidding me? None of them wanted Brown or Oku? Have you lost your mind? The top two rb's in the nation and nobody wanted them!

For you to make a statement like that only shows how stupid you really are. Or is it that because he they weren't considering your team that you make a comment like that? Could be that your team already has good rb's and they saw that UT was in need and would get playing time. Or it could be they saw that your team had fans like you and didn't want any part of your ignorance and stupidity to rub off on them.

tlallman writes:

Have to admit that Brown and Oku were a disappointment to be so highly rated.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to tlallman:

Have to admit that Brown and Oku were a disappointment to be so highly rated.

Or maybe they were behind one of the top 2 RB's in the conference?

rockytopvol writes:

there are others not mentioned we have a real shot at like wright,king,mosley,mitchell,anderson,green,bryant and thornton.We're in good shape just wait till nsd or if it's like every other year weeks after to find out how it all plays out.

Thad123 writes:

Elam is considering Florida again. This kid and Meyer would be perfect for each other.

VolTex writes:

As much as I hate to say it, and I HATE TO SAY IT, Florida is going to get several huge commitments out of this game. Vols better be working overtime the next few weeks.

notoriousBIGorange writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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Or Cry Me A River Til My Heart Hurts Like C.U.M.

VolFanNC writes:

I heard Elam is considering FL again as well. I wonder if the FL faithful are getting tired of this kid. He is a talent, but jeez. If you aren't decided....how bout not giving a verbal commitment.

I think we are in pretty good shape with Dixon and Smith. Will add Cullen as well shortly. Hopefully will add green as well, but I have no idea where he goes.

James Stone wants to go to Bama, but depth chart is probably keeping him away.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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He don't cry, that is soft.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to tlallman:

Have to admit that Brown and Oku were a disappointment to be so highly rated.

A disappointment in their FRESHMAN season? BB got 500 yds in a backup role and didn't even play in 2 games, most games he only got like 6-9 touches, he'll be fine. Oku can be just as good, but only got 23 carries and 2 catches all season. He'll be fine too. Toney Williams got the highest preseason praises from the coaches before his ACL tear.

ImaGATORmyGirlfriendsaVOL writes:

I think Willis sticks with Tennessee, thats a gut feeling. He's not feeling NC so much with their returning players coming back. And Markeith Ambles looks like a STUD, hopefully he sticks with UT.

I think Florida picks up Shariff Floyd, Ronald Powell, and Matt Elam on Saturday. I'm loving these All America game announcements...

Holding out till NSD drives me crazy

kabulvol writes:

who knows with these kids. I think some love the drama. I always get a kick out of the whole "lets put three hats on the table" game they do at these all-star games. its got to make coaches nervous to have it all come down to some kid wanting attention and whoever got to him last is the winner.

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