DT Carson picks Vols, says UT 'always made me feel welcomed'

Defensive tackle Allan Carson of Oxford, Ala., told InsideTennessee.com on Tuesday night that he committed to Tennessee.

"I called Lance Thompson and Chuck Smith," Carson told the website. "I didn't get to tell Coach (Derek) Dooley about my commitment, he is out of town right now. Coach Thompson and Coach Smith were excited."

The 6-foot-1, 308-pound Carson has made three unofficial visits to UT, including the Orange and White Game in April.

"I had my mind made up for Tennessee for a while," Carson told InsideTennessee.com. "I made the final decision tonight."

Illinois and Kentucky also offered Carson.

"They were the first to offer me, now I have eight offers," Carson told InsideTennessee.com. "They always made me feel very welcomed on their campus."

Carson is UT's seventh commitment for the 2011 signing class.

"I love the UT coaching staff a lot," Carson told the website. "Now I can focus on my senior season."

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VolPatrick writes:

6-1, 308. That is like trying to block a bowling ball. A very large bowling ball. Hopefully this young man has some quick feet and a good work ethic. Keep up the hard work and Go Vols!

oskie_score writes:

Welcome Allan!

Great upside potential...Allan reminds me (a little (oops, no pun intended ;-))) of Dan Williams.

CDD & Staff continue to (quietly) get it done.

ClubCurt writes:

He is a 2* for now but he will get more stars this year. Alabama and auburn also offerd him. His video is on scouts.com he is really good. great pick up CDD. this kid is going to be a big name by the middle of the football season.

ArealVolFan writes:

3 star on Rivals, not that it matters. He is very Terrance Codyesque. Not highly rated or recruited but a perfect nose tackle in a 3-4

VolfanKY writes:

in response to ClubCurt:

He is a 2* for now but he will get more stars this year. Alabama and auburn also offerd him. His video is on scouts.com he is really good. great pick up CDD. this kid is going to be a big name by the middle of the football season.

Rivals had him listed as a 3 star. But, regardless of his stars Carson's size would be a definite plus if Wilcox moves to a 3-4 defense. GBO!

CoachFulmer writes:

Perfect fit for the 3-4 nose tackle. Looks like he plays in a 3-4 as the cog in the middle. Don't know how thats gonna translate to a 4-3 system were running.

GO VOLS

chaos001 writes:

the audacity of the USC fans is astounding. they're ungodly full of themselves.

reminds me of someone...not sure who though.

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to Driving_Ms_Dooley:

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I'm embarrassed at how we reacted to Kiffin's leaving...myself included. Yes, the timing was awful for the one year's recruiting.

Know what, though?? I don't think it hurt us all that much. I wish, looking back, we had taken the 'oh, you found your dream job, good luck!' tack and NOT acted like jilted brides.

Some reason, I will always feel some shame about that.

dvhill100 writes:

in response to always_vol:

I'm embarrassed at how we reacted to Kiffin's leaving...myself included. Yes, the timing was awful for the one year's recruiting.

Know what, though?? I don't think it hurt us all that much. I wish, looking back, we had taken the 'oh, you found your dream job, good luck!' tack and NOT acted like jilted brides.

Some reason, I will always feel some shame about that.

Agreed. You can't really fault LK for leaving for his "dream" job. The reaction was beyond reason. The rumors about Coach O trying to pull our recruits with him is on the shady side and deserves contempt from the Orange fan base.

I think LK would have brought a championship if he had stayed. It is just a question on if the NCAA would have come knocking before or after it.

I like everything I see with CDD. When he sent in the papers to USC to contact their players, it wasn't to spite LK, no matter how attractive that motive might be; it was to look at shoring up our team. He knows it will be a rough first year, but he certainly is doing everything he can to make it as successful as possible. I firmly believe we have a winner with a little patience.

nocleats writes:

in response to dvhill100:

Agreed. You can't really fault LK for leaving for his "dream" job. The reaction was beyond reason. The rumors about Coach O trying to pull our recruits with him is on the shady side and deserves contempt from the Orange fan base.

I think LK would have brought a championship if he had stayed. It is just a question on if the NCAA would have come knocking before or after it.

I like everything I see with CDD. When he sent in the papers to USC to contact their players, it wasn't to spite LK, no matter how attractive that motive might be; it was to look at shoring up our team. He knows it will be a rough first year, but he certainly is doing everything he can to make it as successful as possible. I firmly believe we have a winner with a little patience.

. "The rumors about Coach O trying to pull our recruits with him is on the shady side and deserves contempt from the Orange fan base". Those were NOT rumors! Those are a verified and proven facts.

Tennfan4075 writes:

in response to nocleats:

. "The rumors about Coach O trying to pull our recruits with him is on the shady side and deserves contempt from the Orange fan base". Those were NOT rumors! Those are a verified and proven facts.

From what court of law did you get these verified and proven facts? People you need to let this go all the whining about LK and staff sounds like a jilted lover who can't get over the affair.

Apkvol writes:

Welcome Carson, enjoy your senior year in HS.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to VolfanKY:

Rivals had him listed as a 3 star. But, regardless of his stars Carson's size would be a definite plus if Wilcox moves to a 3-4 defense. GBO!

It's doubtful that Wilcox goes to a 3-4 defense because it requires a 2 deep stable of very fast LB's and a very dominate nose guard..Bama is the only SEC team using the 3-4 because they have the studs to do so..It would be nice if UT could use it as a change of pace to confuse opposing teams QBs

keepitreal4vols writes:

Some sites list him as 6'1 330lbs. Wouldn't be surprised if he adds more weight since I assume he's not done growing. I can remember Jose Jose who was similar frame when offered but got up to 375ish. Wouldn't surprise me if this kid ends up on the O Line as a big piece of granite.

CadmiumOchre (Inactive) writes:

in response to Driving_Ms_Dooley:

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Unfortunately, we have fans here who do the same thing. So before we point a finger elsewhere and laugh, notice three fingers on your hand are saying you're thrice as bad. The sad thing is, such fans at both schools don't have the class of (boy, boy, boy, it is hard to say this) of the cancer. He told his players Berry and Jackson both to do what they felt was best for them. Had to stop and compose myself after giving that creature a compliment. In any case, it would speak well of us to treat departing players with the same type of respect. So sure, check out the USC site, but do so with a touch of humility and look at it as how a Vols fan shouldn't act toward players who opt to leave the UT.

VOLliven2it writes:

No matter who leaves or stays at any school, one fact remains friends, FOOTBALL is on the way and I for one will be glad when the pads popping is louder than all our keyboards making noises on this and other sites! Win or lose, I am ready to see Tennessee play. I am excited to hear of players coming in both for this year and in days ahead. GO VOLS, let's get prepared for an exciting season!

volsnationalchamps writes:

Great job, this is one of our biggest needs. Keep on bringing them in guys. What a great last couple weeks in BIG ORANGE COUNTRY!!!

jeff1vol writes:

"Congrads"????? Really?

Ignorance really is bliss isn't it Bama?

Volunatic writes:

Glad to hear you decided to be a Vol, Allan! We'll look forward to seeing you play for the Big Orange.

justdooleyit writes:

in response to jeff1vol:

"Congrads"????? Really?

Ignorance really is bliss isn't it Bama?

ignorance is Bama! Always has been always will be. As they say, "you cant fix stupid"

wigmeister writes:

Keep those linemen coming!!!!

FearTheVols1252 writes:

in response to SECFB:

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You’re right… Chuck Smith, a former NFL star who has also become known for his ability to coach defensive ends for pro teams, would have NO IDEA how to scout talent. I’m sure if he spent all his time in front of Rivals and Scout like you Bammer tards he would have a much more prosperous career. Idiot! There’s a reason you don’t work in college football, so stop making your ignorance known in a public forum.

scubadad1 writes:

in response to always_vol:

I'm embarrassed at how we reacted to Kiffin's leaving...myself included. Yes, the timing was awful for the one year's recruiting.

Know what, though?? I don't think it hurt us all that much. I wish, looking back, we had taken the 'oh, you found your dream job, good luck!' tack and NOT acted like jilted brides.

Some reason, I will always feel some shame about that.

i'm not embarrased by our reaction. for me, it was not about him leaving, but the way he left. leaving recruits in the lurch. trying to keep mid termers from coming here and going to usc. having his daddy trying to cover for him again. he and his co horts were hired guns and everyone knew it. his lack of integrity is what caught everyone by surprise, me included. in this part of the country integrity is huge. the one thing lying lane has done for me, is give me a new favorite team. i now have 3. UT, who ever is playing Notre Dame and now who ever is playing USC.

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to jeff1vol:

"Congrads"????? Really?

Ignorance really is bliss isn't it Bama?

Borrowing from Steven King's "The Stand":
B-A-M-A! That spells ignorant!

Mobbdeep4life writes:

Good to hear about commits along the D-line especially at defensive tackle. I'm hoping that UT gets at least 2 or 3 more D-Tackles in the 2011 class.
I do like that whenever anyone commits they speak highly of Dooley. Maybe they realize that Dooley is a coach they can trust.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to BamaMan:

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Your probably right;With Bama coming off a NC season; Carson wasn't a priority for Saban but the UT staff aren't stupid or desperate; If it takes 2 years of coaching to make Carson a good DL so be it;Nobody heard of Dan Williams till the middle of his junior year.In the end Williams was a 1st round pick..The only thing you can't fix by coaching is speed..You either have it or you don't..UT doesn't have the luxury of successfully recruiting every 5 star kid that comes down the road but give Dooley credit for landing kids of high integrity who really want to be Vols instead of 5 stars with poor academics that are just looking for a quick launch to the NFL..So far Saban has bucked the trend because he has so many players that have become all sec as sophmores but Ingram;Jones;Dareus;Hightower and Barron will most likely be gone as juniors and thats a lot major talent to replace.

516milesfromUT writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Absolutely hilarious! This made my day!!! :)

CincyOhVol writes:

I know its early and the stars don't mean everything but I'm starting to see a trend that makes me worry.

I love DD's attitude but if he can't get it done in recruiting top talent we're going to pay the price. I know there are always "diamonds in the rough" but DD didn't produce any diamonds or a winning program at La. Tech. with his recruiting prowess. Again, I hope we do well just starting to worry that we seem to be signing a lot of middle of the road guys.

Rivals Rankings:
Allan Carson 2 Stars
Christian Harris 3 Stars
Allan Posey 3 Stars
Andrew Power (Juco)
Brian Randolph 3 Stars
Tom Smith 3 Stars
Justin Worley 3 Stars

FWBVol writes:

in response to jeff1vol:

"Congrads"????? Really?

Ignorance really is bliss isn't it Bama?

I think he was referring to Alabama football players that receive a diploma...they are Con-Grads.

Exfix writes:

in response to BamaMan:

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Remember the Price/Franchione/Shula years? Do you remember the vols running several straight off on your tide? I do. I suggest you temper your yapping since all things go in cycles as your selective memory may have forgotten. Like all good programs, Tennessee will be back sooner or later. Oh yeah, do you remember how many stars your boy Arenas had coming out of high school? I do: two.

Exfix writes:

in response to SECFB:

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"Congrads" on your recent national title, but not your college degree apparently. "Know" I hope you stop posting in heiroglyphics and tard-speak.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to CincyOhVol:

I know its early and the stars don't mean everything but I'm starting to see a trend that makes me worry.

I love DD's attitude but if he can't get it done in recruiting top talent we're going to pay the price. I know there are always "diamonds in the rough" but DD didn't produce any diamonds or a winning program at La. Tech. with his recruiting prowess. Again, I hope we do well just starting to worry that we seem to be signing a lot of middle of the road guys.

Rivals Rankings:
Allan Carson 2 Stars
Christian Harris 3 Stars
Allan Posey 3 Stars
Andrew Power (Juco)
Brian Randolph 3 Stars
Tom Smith 3 Stars
Justin Worley 3 Stars

It was LA Tech that he was recruiting for, so you can only do so much there.

DuvalVol writes:

SECFB, please go kill yourself

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to BamaMan:

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We're recruiting depth right now. We'll get to the elite recruits - at least those that we want - later in the year.

We'll remember that five year prediction of yours. Good luck to you with that.

justdooleyit writes:

I am telling you what. The troll that lives on here has to be the dumbest one I have ever encountered. This site cant even get a troll that is smarter than a box of rocks.

justdooleyit writes:

Last year this troll was a Gator and now this year he is a bammer. He will be whoever wins this year too.

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to CincyOhVol:

I know its early and the stars don't mean everything but I'm starting to see a trend that makes me worry.

I love DD's attitude but if he can't get it done in recruiting top talent we're going to pay the price. I know there are always "diamonds in the rough" but DD didn't produce any diamonds or a winning program at La. Tech. with his recruiting prowess. Again, I hope we do well just starting to worry that we seem to be signing a lot of middle of the road guys.

Rivals Rankings:
Allan Carson 2 Stars
Christian Harris 3 Stars
Allan Posey 3 Stars
Andrew Power (Juco)
Brian Randolph 3 Stars
Tom Smith 3 Stars
Justin Worley 3 Stars

We are starting down ten scholarships, so I'm sure getting alot of players is a priority this recruiting year. So we're looking at getting a large class. Not all of them can be 4 and 5 star players. It makes sense that the earliest commitments will not be the elite players, who will commit later. We are recruiting depth now, and the more elite players will fall to us later. I wouldn't worry about the stars these early commits have. These guys are going to provide us with quality depth. Who knows, there may be sleepers among them.

Colliervol writes:

in response to dvhill100:

Agreed. You can't really fault LK for leaving for his "dream" job. The reaction was beyond reason. The rumors about Coach O trying to pull our recruits with him is on the shady side and deserves contempt from the Orange fan base.

I think LK would have brought a championship if he had stayed. It is just a question on if the NCAA would have come knocking before or after it.

I like everything I see with CDD. When he sent in the papers to USC to contact their players, it wasn't to spite LK, no matter how attractive that motive might be; it was to look at shoring up our team. He knows it will be a rough first year, but he certainly is doing everything he can to make it as successful as possible. I firmly believe we have a winner with a little patience.

I can fault him all day long for what he did.

1) There is such a thing as commitment.
2) UT took a chance on Lame when nobody else would.

For those two reasons alone, sometimes one does not get to take his "dream job" until you finish what you started. Lame owed us more than 13 months but, in hindsight, I'm so glad he is gone that I can't express it. And every day that goes by just proves it more and more.

Colliervol writes:

in response to ArealVolFan:

3 star on Rivals, not that it matters. He is very Terrance Codyesque. Not highly rated or recruited but a perfect nose tackle in a 3-4

Of course, according to the Bammers, he is a 1 star that they didn't want anyway. My only comment is that we will see in 2 to 3 years if he was worth it or not. Bama can't tell right now and neither can we. If you totally rely on the "star" system, you are going to miss some good prospects. Successful coaches have to have a little vision.

VolfanKY writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

It's doubtful that Wilcox goes to a 3-4 defense because it requires a 2 deep stable of very fast LB's and a very dominate nose guard..Bama is the only SEC team using the 3-4 because they have the studs to do so..It would be nice if UT could use it as a change of pace to confuse opposing teams QBs

I'm not saying we could move to a 3-4 this year, because it does require a dominant line, and great linebackers. However, if we get the right tools in the near future I believe Carson could possibly be that dominant nose guard. He definitely has the size. Also, I'm pretty sure Georgia is moving to the 3-4, but again they have the depth. Regardless, a great pickup for this class at a needed position. GBO!

murrayvol writes:

in response to always_vol:

I'm embarrassed at how we reacted to Kiffin's leaving...myself included. Yes, the timing was awful for the one year's recruiting.

Know what, though?? I don't think it hurt us all that much. I wish, looking back, we had taken the 'oh, you found your dream job, good luck!' tack and NOT acted like jilted brides.

Some reason, I will always feel some shame about that.

To each his own. I feel no shame whatsoever about how I reacted.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

Borrowing from Steven King's "The Stand":
B-A-M-A! That spells ignorant!

Or as they say in Alabama "ignernt".

murrayvol writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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Is he also taller than the 6'1" they have him listed?

Colliervol writes:

in response to murrayvol:

To each his own. I feel no shame whatsoever about how I reacted.

Ditto. The only shame I feel was trying to ignore the junk that staff was dishing out while they were here and believing they were trying to rebuild the program by doing it "their way". Well, "their way" of rebuilding has been pretty much shown to be "their way" of living their lives. Sleaze and trash in everything they touch. Based on how USC, Pete Carroll and Mike Garrett conducted themselves over the last few years, they couldn't have found a better home. Birds of a feather......

murrayvol writes:

in response to Colliervol:

I can fault him all day long for what he did.

1) There is such a thing as commitment.
2) UT took a chance on Lame when nobody else would.

For those two reasons alone, sometimes one does not get to take his "dream job" until you finish what you started. Lame owed us more than 13 months but, in hindsight, I'm so glad he is gone that I can't express it. And every day that goes by just proves it more and more.

well said

littleorange writes:

My response to bamaman........"Typical bama arrogance ......fans like you are what fuels the dislike for the tide."

99gator writes:

best of luck to this kid.

hope everything works out well for him

volsnationalchamps writes:

in response to CincyOhVol:

I know its early and the stars don't mean everything but I'm starting to see a trend that makes me worry.

I love DD's attitude but if he can't get it done in recruiting top talent we're going to pay the price. I know there are always "diamonds in the rough" but DD didn't produce any diamonds or a winning program at La. Tech. with his recruiting prowess. Again, I hope we do well just starting to worry that we seem to be signing a lot of middle of the road guys.

Rivals Rankings:
Allan Carson 2 Stars
Christian Harris 3 Stars
Allan Posey 3 Stars
Andrew Power (Juco)
Brian Randolph 3 Stars
Tom Smith 3 Stars
Justin Worley 3 Stars

Allan Carson is a 3 star on Rivals and 2 on scout and espn. I do however agree somewhat on this, but Worley more than likely will be a 4 star. He had lots of big offers and great numbers. Others may follow moving up. Also we are in final 5 - 10 on big 5 and 4 star players who have yet to decide. We should definitly get some of those. The kid who transfered is a 4 Star as well and of course game experience, big pick up with him. The Carson kid is a big pick up as well feeling a big time need, sure I hope we get a few more that we are in on that are those 4 and 5 stars because we need at 4 more this class. This staff is gaining momentum and have plenty time to get it done this yr. GO VOLS!!!

VolunteerLifer writes:

in response to Jamestown17:

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It's seems to me that for individual kids, the stars they are rated are not necessarily a predictor of their college productivity, but instead a loose general indicator of probablilities. The higher the star level, the higher the probability of productivity, but with a fairly large margin for error.

For a group, however, the greater number of stars is likely a very good indicator of future production FOR THE GROUP, because individual variations will average out. If a team were to recruit all five star players and a second team recruited all three star players, you can bet the first team would beat the second team 9 out of ten times, all other factors being more or less equal.

Mobbdeep4life writes:

in response to RichRollin:

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I'll try to answer it. Schools with higher ranked recruiting classes on a consistent basis should be on top. The reason is because they have players not only with obvious athletic ability but potential.
On ESPN the grade given for a recruit indicates his "potential" to contribute at the collegiate level. So the higher the grade the better the potential for a player. If a team recruits more 4 and 5 stars then they have a higher "probability" of having players contribute to the team based upon their potential.
It's all about the potential to contribute to a team. Over the past few years the higher end recruits for UT with the exception of Berry (obviously) did not pan out for numerous reasons. Blame it on character issues, academics or wrong fit but they haven't.
Nothing wrong with 3 stars players (because these kids still have potential to contribute) and I wouldn't be surprised to see a few of the recruits jump to that 4* category. If UT gets just a couple of 5 stars each year that actually contribute then that whole "stars doesn't matter" conversation will quickly change.

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