Hooker: New Vols eager to start work

Dave Hooker

Tennessee's 2010 football class had a significant head start.

Eight mid-term enrollees are impossible to dismiss.

Now, it's time for the next wave.

As many as a dozen of UT's 26 signees plan to enroll at UT this week when the first session of summer school begins.

That leaves just six prospects left to enroll for the second session of summer school in July or the fall semester in August.

With opportunities aplenty at UT this season, here are the freshmen who hope a summer head start will get them on the field this fall:

n Greg Clark: February's National Signing Day didn't stop the Vols from recruiting. UT waited until late March to pick up Clark, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle from Northside High School in Warner Robins, Ga.

n Raiques Crump: A late addition to the class, Crump hopes to prove to be a solid backup to some other prospects who spurned the Vols. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker is from Minor High School in Adamsville, Ga.

n Zach Fulton: Fulton may well prove wise to stick by his commitment through UT's coaching change. The Vols need help in the interior of their offensive line. Enter Fulton, a 6-4, 305-pound offensive guard from Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Ill.

n Martaze Jackson: With UT's depth at defensive end, Jackson won't be forced into action anytime soon. Linebacker in a 3-4 could be a possibility for the 6-2, 205-pound defensive end from Demopolis (Ala.) High School.

n Nash Nance: Don't tell UT head coach Derek Dooley that Nance was simply a lure to get his highly rated teammate: receiver Da'Rick Rogers. Dooley needs quarterbacks. The 6-3, 200-pound Nance from Calhoun (Ga.) High School fits the bill.

n Rajion Neal: Neal was a big pickup for Dooley, especially if the Vols lose sophomore Bryce Brown, who is expected to transfer. Neal, a 5-11, 207-pound tailback from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., was considered one of the better running backs in the Southeast.

n Marques Pair: Pair is an interesting prospect. The 6-6, 255-pound offensive lineman from Sumter (S.C.) High School committed to Lane Kiffin, seemingly a perfect fit for the former UT coach who preferred athleticism over size. It remains to be seen how Pair will fit in with Dooley's Vols.

Pair's paperwork is in at UT. He's expected to enroll this week, but hasn't yet received clearance.

n John Propst: Propst may have been another backup plan, but not by much. West Virginia and other smaller schools had extended a scholarship offer to the 6-2, 215-pound linebacker from Hoover (Ala.) High School.

n Mychal Rivera: The Vols have one proven tight end, senior Luke Stocker, and little else at the position. That could open the door for a junior college prospect like Rivera, a 6-4, 240-pounder from College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, Calif.

n Da'Rick Rogers: Rogers is Dooley's ultimate steal so far. The 6-3, 205-pound receiver was considered one of the best wideouts in the nation last year.

n Dontavis Sapp: Sapp seemed destined to end up at East Carolina before the Vols extended an offer. Now, the 6-3, 205-pound safety can learn the ropes from a fairly deep secondary.

n James Stone: Stone is planning on enrolling this week, once he finishes up a cruise. The 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman was Dooley's best in-state acquisition. Don't be surprised if Stone secures a starting position at guard this fall.

Second Session: The following signees are scheduled to enroll at UT later this summer:

n Defensive tackle John Brown from Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss.

n Defensive back Dave Clark from Independence (Kansas) Community College.

n Athlete Marques Dixon from Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur, Ga.

n Receiver Justin Hunter from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Va.

n Defensive back Eddrick Loften from Nimitz High School in Irving, Texas

n Kicker Michael Palardy from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dixon, Hunter, Loften and Palardy told the News Sentinel they plan to enroll in July. It is unclear if Brown and Clark will enroll in July or August.

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

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Comments » 13

dvhill100 writes:

Nice class. Top 10-15 depending on the service you follow. If DD can keep these kids and stop the bleeding we'll have a good start on the long road back.

westknoxvol24 writes:

Good stuff Dave, as always....go vols

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Yes, very informative and updating us on the currents of our future players. Don't coaches send the players not yet enrolled playbooks and schemes/assignments to pour over so they have a heads up when they do arrive?

Mobbdeep4life writes:

Glad to hear about Greg Clark enrolling which helps with the depth at D-tackle. My nerves will be better once John Brown enrolls. I've heard good things about him and being from a junior college he at least has experience.
Fast forward through the next few months so I can watch some college football already!

VOLFORLIFE writes:

"Raiques Crump: A late addition to the class, Crump hopes to prove to be a solid backup to some other prospects who spurned the Vols."

I'm not usually one to critique articles, but this sentence absolutely makes no sense to me. How in the world can he be a backup to prospects who spurned the Vols? If they spurned us, doesn't that mean that they're not here?

Otherwise, good article.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

Psychovol writes:

It's interesting to me that when Dave writes a positive article he's referred to as Dave. Conversely, when he writes an article that's perceived as negative he's referred to as Hooker. Sports fans are pretty transparent and self serving and I'm including myself in that mix. Currently I'm efforting to be more realistic considering the up hill trek ahead for UT football. I've tempered my expectations and I suggest the Vol faithful do as well. The worst recipe in football is a new QB combined with a new O-line. And that's not even mentioning depth and the DT position.

SpartaVol writes:

Great list of players...can`t wait for the season to start !

OrangeAppeal writes:

Some questions/points:

n Why does KNS use the letter "n" for a bullet point? It looks VERY unprofessional.

n I hope CDD can get the most out of this year's class.

n Past Vol teams seemed to play hardest when they were decidedly the underdog. It was when they were expected to win that those teams seemed to struggle.

bugman (Inactive) writes:

Hooker is still employed?

txvolsfan writes:

in response to VOLFORLIFE:

"Raiques Crump: A late addition to the class, Crump hopes to prove to be a solid backup to some other prospects who spurned the Vols."

I'm not usually one to critique articles, but this sentence absolutely makes no sense to me. How in the world can he be a backup to prospects who spurned the Vols? If they spurned us, doesn't that mean that they're not here?

Otherwise, good article.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

Hooker in his babble means they were a back up plan and were only offered after someone else said thanks but No thanks.
GO VOLS
GO CDD
TXVOLSFAN

txvolsfan writes:

Going to be interesting to have a lefty at kicker
He is the key to us this year, last year he could have beaten bammer!!!

nocleats writes:

I always worry about the ones who are going to enroll later this summer. Grades and qualifying always seem to be the issue. Oh well!

Volstate writes:

in response to VOODOOley:

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And he probably could. That kid is the real deal. I'd say balls in the end zone on kick offs and kicks for 3 will be the norm this year.....finally.

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