Preseason Top 20 Prospects in Tennessee
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."