The state's top 10 prospects: No. 1 Antonio Richardson, Ensworth

Choice could come down to Alabama, UT

Prospect Pos. Size School/Hometown Notable Scholarship Offers

Antonio Richardson OT 6-6, 310 Ensworth/Nashville Alabama, Notre Dame, Southern Cal and many more

Cameron Clear TE 6-6, 265 Central/Memphis Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisville among others

Kyler Kerbyson OL 6-5, 290 Catholic/Knoxville Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, USC, Tennessee and many more

Jabriel Washington Ath. 5-10, 165 Trinity Christian/Jackson Committed to Alabama

Derek King Ath. 5-11, 180 Brentwood/Brentwood Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville and others

Mack Crowder C 6-4, 270 Tennessee High/Bristol Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Duke and others

Brendan Downs TE 6-6, 225 Tennessee High/Bristol Committed to Duke

Lucas Patrick OL 6-2, 280 Brentwood/Brentwood Committed to Duke

Ryan Mack OT 6-4, 310 Wooddale/Memphis Louisville, Kentucky, Memphis and smaller schools

Cody Robinson OL 6-2, 305 Warren County/McMinnville Syracuse, Duke, Kentucky and Memphis

Jaiari Dunaway LB 6-2, 205 Siegel/Murfreesboro Tennessee and Memphis

Terry Redden DT 6-1, 280 Whitehaven/Memphis Clemson, Kansas, Ole Miss and others

Shaquille Mason OL 6-3, 305 Central/Columbia Committed to Georgia Tech

Artaves Gibson RB 6-2, 210 Mitchell/Memphis Committed to Memphis

Tino Thomas Ath. 6-0, 190 Melrose/Memphis Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Memphis and smaller schools

David Helton LB 6-3, 225 Baylor/Chattanooga Committed to Duke

Christian Coleman DE 6-4, 255 Milan/Milan Committed to Kentucky

Jeremiah Bryson RB 5-8, 175 Smyrna/Smyrna Maryland, North Carolina, Pittsburgh

James Lewis OT 6-5, 275 Arlington/Arlington Committed to Vanderbilt

Shaquille Love OL 6-5, 270 Harriman/Harriman Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Duke and Kansas

- Dave Hooker

The News Sentinel's top prospect in the state has the numbers to back it up.

Start with more than 25 scholarship offers.

Then, add in a 6-foot-6, 305-pound frame - with size 17 shoes.

Finally, consider the consensus top-100 ranking from recruiting analysts and it's easy to see why schools are clamoring to land Antonio Richardson of Ensworth High School.

"It's wild. It's really crazy," Richardson told The Tennessean last week about his recruitment. "Despite all that, I keep working hard trying to get better every day and not let it get to my head because a lot of kids in my position would let this get to their head. All it is, is just a little attention."

And the attention is coming from more than just recruiters. Richardson has been named to the East roster for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, an honor bestowed on only the elite prospects in the nation.

Richardson is projected to play on the offensive line in college, but defensive tackle also is a possibility.

Tennessee and Alabama are thought to be in good shape in Richardson's recruitment.

Richardson only visited one camp this summer, a visit to Knoxville in June.

"I think he seems to like Tennessee a lot," Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Barton Simmons told The Tennessean. "I think Alabama has done a really good job as well."

However, UT and Alabama will have to wait to see where they stand. Richardson has said he won't even narrow his list to 10 schools until this fall and won't announce a decision until National Signing Day on Feb. 2.

The tug of war between Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban and his protege, new UT coach Derek Dooley, will be interesting to watch. And in all likelihood, it will come down to those two coaches and their relationship with Richardson.

"Every school now, they have better academic support and they have good facilities," Richardson told The Tennessean. "I guess it will have to do with the people around me: my position coach, my strength coach, my head coach. Maybe even playing time. It's wherever I feel comfortable, really. I like the SEC, the Big 12 and the Pac-10."

That brings a familiar foe into play for UT fans. Southern Cal recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron has made recruiting Richardson a priority and has a head start after recruiting him last season while at UT.

Ensworth coach Ricky Bowers said he's just trying to allow the masses equal access - when he can.

"I just try to make it fair and make sure that I enable Antonio and his family's wishes," Bowers told The Tennessean. "Part of that is not letting it interfere with his academic day and that's difficult because the coaches want to come during the academic day.

"We were clear that he never misses a class and he's not late to classes or any of that. It's a challenge, but it's been a good process for him thus far."

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V_O_L_S_GO_VOLS_GO writes:

The Ogre has no head start. No kid with this much talent is going to go and play without scholarship, much less a zero percent chance of a bowl game until his junior year.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to 02champs#209256:

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what champ say......and....

whether he's #1 or not, i'll let the experts fight it out. i think he's one of the best in the state maybe the country and since he's a lineman i'll say we really need him. this staff aint stupid. they're going after lineman.

he's a tennessean, one of our own, and it'd be nice to see an orange T on his next helmet.

rollonbeagles writes:

in response to Down_The_Field:

what champ say......and....

whether he's #1 or not, i'll let the experts fight it out. i think he's one of the best in the state maybe the country and since he's a lineman i'll say we really need him. this staff aint stupid. they're going after lineman.

he's a tennessean, one of our own, and it'd be nice to see an orange T on his next helmet.

I think you are right Down The Field. He sounds sensible so he will wind up here.

realmenwearorange writes:

he is what we need a homegrown boy that will play he's heart out for UT

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to AF1A4:

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Gee, I suppose those Georgia prospects Dooley is after so much should "remember where home is", and Peyton Manning should have when he lived in New Orleans, and Clausen when he lived in California, and Bernard King when he lived in New York. I guess Donta Hightower from Lewisburg and got a national championship ring last year should have remembered that. By the way Antonio, Tuscaloosa is only one hour farther from Ensworth than Knoxville and anyone would have to say that a chance for a ring on his finger is much greater being in Tuscaloosa than Knoxville right now.

kyvol98 writes:

Take your time, make the right decision for yourself.
This kid sounds like one of the recruits with character we are after. I like our chances.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to Pablopeepants:

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Your comment doesn't deserve a response. Grow up.

jeff1vol writes:

Then why respond, DA?!

Lizardgrad89 writes:

in response to Pablopeepants:

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Translation:

I hate that you're right.

hueypilot writes:

in response to shen24:

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And if your aunt had stones, she'd be your uncle.

It was a good close game, like a lot of the TN Bama games in the 45 years since my first one (a tie in Birmingham). RollTideJoe had one of the best takes on this rivalry and I appreciate his attitude, the one I am most accustomed to seeing out of a proud program such as yours. Your attitude, not so much.

When Tennessee and Alabama are good, it makes for great competition, great fan interaction and great theater.
Most of the close games in that 45 years have depended on one or two key plays. Stabler's stopping the clock on the goalline but it was fourth down. Dorsey's INT for a TD to clinch.
Tennessee's missed chip shot field goal at the horn. Holloway's fumble. Multiple overtimes in Tuscaloosa. Tennessee's missed field goals.

That's why we watch. And it's fun and exciting when its close.
See you in Knoxville in October.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to KCHS_alum:

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Have you had any arrests this week? Thug U. Best thing Dooley can do is clean-up the thug mentality on the Hill. Maybe if you can keep them out of sleeze bars with drugs and guns on Cumberland Dr. he can succeed. He doesn't come from that thug mindset and won't tolerate it like the previous bunches, Fulmer and Kiffy. You've had nothing but thugs for years: Washington, Haynesworth, right on down through a dozen last year.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to KCHS_alum:

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If Roy Kramer hadn't covered for you UT would have been on probation. And what happened to the "cheerleaders" driving 200 miles just to watch prospects play ball? Swept under the rug now that Kiffin is gone. If he'd stay, brother, you would never have seen so many violations and probations! You can continue your diatribe of insults all you want. It simply shows your character. Have fun. Just don't look in the mirror too long. Your problem.....jealousy.

Bogus writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

Have you had any arrests this week? Thug U. Best thing Dooley can do is clean-up the thug mentality on the Hill. Maybe if you can keep them out of sleeze bars with drugs and guns on Cumberland Dr. he can succeed. He doesn't come from that thug mindset and won't tolerate it like the previous bunches, Fulmer and Kiffy. You've had nothing but thugs for years: Washington, Haynesworth, right on down through a dozen last year.

Will you ever give it a rest? Seriously dude, it's getting old.

Bogus writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

If Roy Kramer hadn't covered for you UT would have been on probation. And what happened to the "cheerleaders" driving 200 miles just to watch prospects play ball? Swept under the rug now that Kiffin is gone. If he'd stay, brother, you would never have seen so many violations and probations! You can continue your diatribe of insults all you want. It simply shows your character. Have fun. Just don't look in the mirror too long. Your problem.....jealousy.

You're probably also one of those guys that think Fulmer got you on probation. Typical, get caught cheating and point the finger at someone other than the guilty parties. Don't you Bammers realize it was Spurrier who blew the whistle first? Then again, Bama didn't play UF every year, and Fulmer OWNED Bama.

oskie_score writes:

Antonio WILL be a VOL!

oskie_score writes:

in response to hueypilot:

And if your aunt had stones, she'd be your uncle.

It was a good close game, like a lot of the TN Bama games in the 45 years since my first one (a tie in Birmingham). RollTideJoe had one of the best takes on this rivalry and I appreciate his attitude, the one I am most accustomed to seeing out of a proud program such as yours. Your attitude, not so much.

When Tennessee and Alabama are good, it makes for great competition, great fan interaction and great theater.
Most of the close games in that 45 years have depended on one or two key plays. Stabler's stopping the clock on the goalline but it was fourth down. Dorsey's INT for a TD to clinch.
Tennessee's missed chip shot field goal at the horn. Holloway's fumble. Multiple overtimes in Tuscaloosa. Tennessee's missed field goals.

That's why we watch. And it's fun and exciting when its close.
See you in Knoxville in October.

Well said Huey!

hueypilot writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

If Roy Kramer hadn't covered for you UT would have been on probation. And what happened to the "cheerleaders" driving 200 miles just to watch prospects play ball? Swept under the rug now that Kiffin is gone. If he'd stay, brother, you would never have seen so many violations and probations! You can continue your diatribe of insults all you want. It simply shows your character. Have fun. Just don't look in the mirror too long. Your problem.....jealousy.

You're probably right about had Kiffin stayed but he didn't. The hostess (not cheerleader) deal? Drove 200 miles? Makes it sound like it's a big deal. It's THREE HOURS. And unless somebody can show that someone in authority told them to do it (Good luck with that unless someone in authority was just plain stupid) it's a secondary violation at best. So that compares with giving a HS coach $100,000plus to route a kid to the Captstone?
Oh yeah, that's equal to fixing Tee Martin's old Toyota transmission. Right, just about the same thing.

Tell me, do you really want to get in a tit-for-tat (bad analogy considering the hostess deal) comparison of who has had the most violations or embarrassing situations? You wanna talk Logan Young? Mike Dubose? Wimp? Mike Price?
Let's just say I AM temporarily jealous of what Nick has done and am looking forward to the next season and the next season and the next season. You won't be on top forever. As Patton said, "All glory is fleeting."
Looking forward to the Third (or Fourth) Saturday in October every year.

Ralph_Crampton writes:

Guys, we don't have a QB this year...our offensive line could be awful. It might be years before the Vols return to the top ten. For example we have not recruited a good QB in years. Hate to say it but the upcoming season could be a loong season. For years the Vols used to beat the teams we were not supposed to beat...but we don't do that anymore.

dk writes:

I am a Vol fan and I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Alabama football team, especially since Nick Saban has instilled some discipline to the program. Hopefully, he can do with the rogue boosters what he has been able to do with the football team.

Wouldn't it be great if all the fans from each school could have the same respect as the players have for each other instead of this juvenile sand box insults that are thrown about like a 4 year old would do. Grow up guys and act like you have a little sense.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to dk:

I am a Vol fan and I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Alabama football team, especially since Nick Saban has instilled some discipline to the program. Hopefully, he can do with the rogue boosters what he has been able to do with the football team.

Wouldn't it be great if all the fans from each school could have the same respect as the players have for each other instead of this juvenile sand box insults that are thrown about like a 4 year old would do. Grow up guys and act like you have a little sense.

dk, I couldn't agree with you more. The only time I get testy is when someone insults me. If one reads my original posts, it simply said to AF1A4 that getting kids from other states is part of recruiting and all do it, UT included, i.e, Peyton came from New Orleans, etc. As far as Pablopeepants and hueypilot go, I am not a troll. I am a Tennessean who reads KNS. Your points are very good. The BAMA-TN rivalry has had excellent moments. I just get tired of hearing the probation bunk. When it starts, I fire back about thugs. I'd love nothing more than civilized posts.

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to KCHS_alum:

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KCHS, your own fan started the slander. DK is right, but people like you love arguments and that's why these sites are so spewed with venom. Good post DK.

dk writes:

The reason that I don't argue with idiots is because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to dk:

I am a Vol fan and I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Alabama football team, especially since Nick Saban has instilled some discipline to the program. Hopefully, he can do with the rogue boosters what he has been able to do with the football team.

Wouldn't it be great if all the fans from each school could have the same respect as the players have for each other instead of this juvenile sand box insults that are thrown about like a 4 year old would do. Grow up guys and act like you have a little sense.

The jabs back and forth between rivals are fun to me. It's what makes the rivalries that much more intense. If my co-workers who are Bama fans and I didn't talk trash about the other's program it wouldn't be as fun to me.
Just because I like to trade barbs with Bama fans doesn't mean I don't respect the tradition of the institution. If you can't stomach the banter on here then don't go to: 1) a sports bar. 2)an opposing team's stadium. 3)a game period.
But then again a sports bar might be beneath you.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to Ralph_Crampton:

Guys, we don't have a QB this year...our offensive line could be awful. It might be years before the Vols return to the top ten. For example we have not recruited a good QB in years. Hate to say it but the upcoming season could be a loong season. For years the Vols used to beat the teams we were not supposed to beat...but we don't do that anymore.

Thanks for your opinion, DC.

mytrifecta writes:

Antonio, go to Alabama and you'll have a nice career and be well positioned for the next level. Come to Knoxville, you'll have a nice career, be well positioned for the next level and also be a legend within the state of TN. Either way, I wish you nothing but success.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to kyvol98:

Take your time, make the right decision for yourself.
This kid sounds like one of the recruits with character we are after. I like our chances.

Actually, he's a VOL. The man did say the factors he looks for are the people and coaches around him and playing time is a lure. Meaning? Along with his obvious character (based on the article) evident in he knows where his classrooms are all the time, speaks the value of people to have around him, and apparently his grades-he's a character candidate DD likes and the young only came to the UT camp and liked the coaches. Playing time certainly won't be an issue currently at the UT. He's a Vol. This will be validated if our team has even a half way decent season, then his signing will be truly unquestionable. read between the lines, he's a Vol.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to shen24:

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Though ruled a fumble, it was no such thing. He was ambushed, surrounded and the ball taken from him. View the footage up close and you'll see this is true. It's not like he OOPS! dropped the ball, he was mugged and uh, disarmed. And that's how you keep games close. Can't score if you don't have the ball--right?

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to grvol:

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Pot = Kettle. I hate it but fact is this team site has so many native trolls who are as bad and worse. Especially when they put down their own team. I have to say the kid has or will see too many here are no better and some ways worse than the Bams and Gats who haunt this site. I do hate saying that but truth is truth. Maybe this post will encourage the native trolls to move closer to the classy end of the sliding scale.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to hueypilot:

You're probably right about had Kiffin stayed but he didn't. The hostess (not cheerleader) deal? Drove 200 miles? Makes it sound like it's a big deal. It's THREE HOURS. And unless somebody can show that someone in authority told them to do it (Good luck with that unless someone in authority was just plain stupid) it's a secondary violation at best. So that compares with giving a HS coach $100,000plus to route a kid to the Captstone?
Oh yeah, that's equal to fixing Tee Martin's old Toyota transmission. Right, just about the same thing.

Tell me, do you really want to get in a tit-for-tat (bad analogy considering the hostess deal) comparison of who has had the most violations or embarrassing situations? You wanna talk Logan Young? Mike Dubose? Wimp? Mike Price?
Let's just say I AM temporarily jealous of what Nick has done and am looking forward to the next season and the next season and the next season. You won't be on top forever. As Patton said, "All glory is fleeting."
Looking forward to the Third (or Fourth) Saturday in October every year.

Please don't go tit for tat. The forum is about a potential recruit both programs want and not about which of you is smarter about being stupid. If you two do this, after the fire and smoke, neither will have changed their mind so the whole thing is pointless. Which is a good thing because you shouldn't play with pointed things anyway. Instead invite each other out for a beer then talk about whether your women prefer to shower or bathe, and whether you watch or not. Now that would be a really tit for tat.

Tnjim writes:

Boy, Duke got to many from us!!!

Nuthinbutorange writes:

in response to Pablopeepants:

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So true, Pablo. Real Tennesseans born and bred in the Volunteer State don't cheer for the team of a university located in another state. Just my opinion. A lot of local yokels in my county think they live on the south side of the Tennessee-Alabama state line. There's an awful lot of brand-new National Championship shirts, tags, and hats that have shown up since last year. Amazing how many Bear-come-latelys (couldn't say "Johnny come latelys" there now, could I?) there are, now that the Tide is back to respectability.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to Ralph_Crampton:

Guys, we don't have a QB this year...our offensive line could be awful. It might be years before the Vols return to the top ten. For example we have not recruited a good QB in years. Hate to say it but the upcoming season could be a loong season. For years the Vols used to beat the teams we were not supposed to beat...but we don't do that anymore.

Tyler Bray looks to be a great QB. Simms may be if he throws ahead of the defense. Watching N.N.'s vids makes me glad that he is playing for Tennessee. Honestly, he looks so good! And we just got a commit from Justin W. His numbers aren't too shabby. So how can you say that we have not recruited a good QB in years?

RCVOLIN10 writes:

in response to oskie_score:

Antonio WILL be a VOL!

He may be, but will not be on a team with a winning record while he is there.

murrayvol writes:

Where would this site be without the trolls? Thinner perhaps but better by far.

I see Antonio has it narrowed down to the SEC, Big 12/10, and PAC 10/12. Well, that's a start.

murrayvol writes:

Recruiting James Stone was big for CDD. Antonio is even bigger. I think he gets it done.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

Gee, I suppose those Georgia prospects Dooley is after so much should "remember where home is", and Peyton Manning should have when he lived in New Orleans, and Clausen when he lived in California, and Bernard King when he lived in New York. I guess Donta Hightower from Lewisburg and got a national championship ring last year should have remembered that. By the way Antonio, Tuscaloosa is only one hour farther from Ensworth than Knoxville and anyone would have to say that a chance for a ring on his finger is much greater being in Tuscaloosa than Knoxville right now.

Hey! And where is your home? Should be on a Bammer site. Unless you one of them horsedrawn wagon jumpers that latched on in the 70's or around '92.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to dk:

The reason that I don't argue with idiots is because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

That makes me miss Farragut. Hey where is he? Name change to shen24? This type of article would be our MMA ring tonight.

(sniff, sniff) miss him.

hueypilot writes:

in response to CadmiumOchre:

Please don't go tit for tat. The forum is about a potential recruit both programs want and not about which of you is smarter about being stupid. If you two do this, after the fire and smoke, neither will have changed their mind so the whole thing is pointless. Which is a good thing because you shouldn't play with pointed things anyway. Instead invite each other out for a beer then talk about whether your women prefer to shower or bathe, and whether you watch or not. Now that would be a really tit for tat.

Gee thanks for correcting me CO. I missed the part where you were made the official critic for comments between two posters. Must have been over the 4th while I was out blowing my fingers off with firecrackers since I'm obviously too stupid to deal with complicated things. Thanks for setting me straight.

orangecountyvols writes:

Pablo,

You hit a home run with Roll tideless. It's a long drive.............going, going, gone ! Wishful thinking. Anyway, the only way to rid some of these trolls is for the KNS to observe a little closer and just ban them. Trouble is, they try to ease into the insults, under the radar so to speak.

Question is.........are Tennesseans this obnoxious on
their rival's sites? I sure hope not. Still concluding most trolls here are indeed Tennessee residents who choose to hop on the bandwagons of the most recently successful programs, which happen to be Alabama and Florida. It's a big mystery, the intrigue and passion the trolls have for GoVolsExtra.
They simply won't come forward and admit "I,we, just want to be as annoying as possible.........it's our weakness, but makes our day."

Anyway, Tennessee gets a transfer from USC and suddenly there are all these faults he has. I could understand some trolls if he were coming from some unheard of school, obscure on the depth charts. But since this happens to be USC, all sorts of envy is popping up it appears. Welcome aboard big guy.

Lizardgrad89 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Pablo,

You hit a home run with Roll tideless. It's a long drive.............going, going, gone ! Wishful thinking. Anyway, the only way to rid some of these trolls is for the KNS to observe a little closer and just ban them. Trouble is, they try to ease into the insults, under the radar so to speak.

Question is.........are Tennesseans this obnoxious on
their rival's sites? I sure hope not. Still concluding most trolls here are indeed Tennessee residents who choose to hop on the bandwagons of the most recently successful programs, which happen to be Alabama and Florida. It's a big mystery, the intrigue and passion the trolls have for GoVolsExtra.
They simply won't come forward and admit "I,we, just want to be as annoying as possible.........it's our weakness, but makes our day."

Anyway, Tennessee gets a transfer from USC and suddenly there are all these faults he has. I could understand some trolls if he were coming from some unheard of school, obscure on the depth charts. But since this happens to be USC, all sorts of envy is popping up it appears. Welcome aboard big guy.

Actually, there's a Vol on the Gainesville Sun website named AlvinYork who is as big a flamer an any on this board.

Every fan base has them.

CCLC writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Pretender! you didnt just rip off the "just sayin'" at the end of a post did you did you? RichRollinzz is AthensHomerDawg wanna be!!!!What is that line about the sincerest form of flattery? Get yur own sctick dude!

CCLC writes:

Dudette? Covering my bases here!
just sayin'.

AtlantaTide writes:

in response to dk:

I am a Vol fan and I have a lot of respect and admiration for the Alabama football team, especially since Nick Saban has instilled some discipline to the program. Hopefully, he can do with the rogue boosters what he has been able to do with the football team.

Wouldn't it be great if all the fans from each school could have the same respect as the players have for each other instead of this juvenile sand box insults that are thrown about like a 4 year old would do. Grow up guys and act like you have a little sense.

Well said and AMEN!

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