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 email@example.com.