Six incoming UT football players attended their first classes

University of Tennessee classes have resumed, and six incoming football student-athletes attended their first classes on Wednesday.

Joining the Vols are: Justin Coleman, Mack Crowder, Vincent Dallas, Brendan Downs, Marcus Jackson and Justin Worley.

Last season, Tennessee had eight early enrollees join the squad in January: Tyler Bray, Channing Fugate, Ja’Wuan James, Ted Meline, Corey Miller, Matt Milton, Matt Simms and Jacques Smith.

Justin Coleman

Defensive Back, 5-11, 180

Brunswick, Ga. (Brunswick HS)

Prospect Rankings

Rivals: «««« (No. 17 overall cornerback, No. 16 overall prospect in Georgia)

Scout: ««« (No. 45 overall cornerback)

ESPN: ««« (No. 30 overall safety)

Honors: Named to the Rivals250 Team by Rivals.com…Selected to GACA North South All-Star Game.

Stats: As a junior in 2009, totaled 83 tackles, six interceptions and six pass-break-ups…Also returned a kickoff for touchdown as a junior … Tallied 71 tackles, four pass-break-ups, three sacks and two interceptions as a sophomore in 2008.

Misc.: Helped team to undefeated district season in 2010…As a junior, finished second in class 4-A at the state championships in the 300-meter hurdles (38.8) and fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (14.6)…Full Name: Justin Coleman…Coach at Brunswick High School: Maurice Freeman.

Mack Crowder

Offensive Lineman, 6-2, 275

Bristol, Tenn. (Tennessee HS)

Prospect Rankings

Rivals: ««« (No. 14 overall center, No. 8 overall prospect in Tennessee)

Scout: ««« (No. 9 overall center)

ESPN: ««« (No. 7 overall center)

Honors: Earned All-State, All-Northeast Tenn., All-Conference and All-Region honors as a senior in 2010…Also named to the PrepStar Dream Team as a senior…As a junior in 2009, named All-Northeast Tenn., All-Conference and All-Region … Earned recognition with a selection to the East-West All-Star Team in the state of Tennessee…Rated the No. 6 overall prospect in Tenn., by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Stats: Helped team rush for 180 yards per game as a senior.

Misc.: Has two brothers, Michael (Princeton) and Matt (Cornell) also play college football…2010 Team Captain and part of 2009 Conference Championship…Active member of FCA and Beta Club…2010 Homecoming King at Tennessee High…Full Name: Mackenzie James Crowder…Coach at Tennessee High: Greg Stubbs.

Vincent Dallas

Athlete, 6-0, 180

Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove HS)

Prospect Rankings

Rivals: ««« (No. 52 overall athlete, No. 36 overall prospect in Georgia)

Scout: ««« (No. 70 overall wide receiver)

ESPN: ««« (No. 42 overall athlete)

Honors: Named All-State as both a senior in 2010 and junior in 2009…Selected to GACA North/South All-Star Game.

Stats: Caught 37 passes for over 800 yards as a junior…Also as a junior, compiled five interceptions on defense.

Misc.: Also in a standout track athlete … As a sophomore in 2009, was a member of the fourth-fastest 4x400 meter relay squad in the nation, which also holds the DeKalb County record … Full Name: Vincent Demetrius Dallas … Coach at Cedar Grove: Raymond Bonner.

Brendan Downs

Tight End, 6-6, 230

Bristol, Tenn. (Tennessee HS)

Prospect Rankings

Rivals: ««« (No. 28 overall tight end, No. 7 overall prospect in Tennessee)

Scout: ««« (No. 26 overall tight end)

ESPN: ««« (No. 32 overall tight end)

Honors: Earned All-Region honors as both a senior in 2010 and junior in 2009…Named All-Conference as a senior.

Stats: As a senior, had team-high 34 receptions for 470 yards and four touchdowns...As a junior, tallied eight receptions for 204 yards.

Misc.: 2010 Team Captain and part of 2009 Conference Championship…Holds Viking Football power clean record…Also a standout track athlete and on the basketball court, earning All-Conference honors in both as a junior…Averaged 6.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game as a junior for the Vikings basketball team…Full Name: C. Brendan Downs…Coach at Tennessee High: Greg Stubbs.

Marcus Jackson

Offensive Lineman, 6-3, 325

Vero Beach, Fla. (Vero Beach HS)

Prospect Rankings

Rivals: ««« (No. 13 overall guard, No. 51 overall prospect in Florida)

Scout: ««« (No. 15 overall guard)

ESPN: «««« (No. 6 overall guard, No. 87 overall prospect in nation)

Honors: Member of Under Armour All-America Team…ESPNU 150 Team…Earned All-Area honors as both a senior in 2010 and junior in 2009

Misc.: Full Name: Marcus Jackson…Coach at Vero Beach: Gary Coggin.

Justin Worley

Quarterback, 6-5, 200

Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern HS)

Prospect Rankings

Rivals: ««« (No. 30 overall pro-style quarterback, No. 19 overall prospect in South Carolina)

Scout: ««« (No. 37 overall quarterback)

ESPN: ««« (No. 18 overall quarterback)

Honors: As a senior in 2010, earned Gatorade National Player of the Year accolades, becoming the first ever player from South Carolina to earn the honors in any sport…Finalist for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year award…Earned South Carolina Player of the Year honors…Named to RivalsHigh 2010 All-America Team and selected as RivalsHigh Offensive Player of the Year…SCPrepNation.com Player of the Year…Named All-State as a senior and junior in 2009…Honored as the National Sophomore of the Year in 2008 by MaxPreps.

Stats: Finished career with 13,385 passing yards and 157 touchdowns…As a senior, threw for 5,315 yards and a state-record 64 touchdowns, while also rushing for six TDs…Completed 429-590 passes (.727) in final year…Finished 26-of-42 for 263 yards and five TDs in 2010 State Championship victory…Compiled 4,366 passing yards and 42 TDs as a junior…Threw for 3,641 yards and 50 TDs in sophomore campaign.

Misc.: Won Class AAAA, Division II State Championship as a senior in 2010 against Greenwood High School to cap a 15-0 record…Led team to state championship game in 2008 against South Pointe High School … Also a standout in basketball and baseball at Northwestern…Full Name: Justin Worley … Coach at Northwestern: Jimmy Wallace.

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Mule_Days_King writes:

Good luck gentlemen. Soak it all in and work hard.

TK writes:

Can any of them be counted as 2010 signess since is before signing day?

HtownVol writes:

I get more excited about Justin Worley all the time.

Tyler is the QB of now but it shows that JW is a competitor. Knowing Tyler is a hot rising QB in the SEC and JW could have went almost anywhere he wanted and chose UT.
I dont understand what these recruiting services are knocking JW for. Gatorade POY. Threw for unbelievable numbers in HS and I watched him play twice, there is nothing stopping him from being a great QB. I saw him stand strong with J Clowney about to drill him and deliver a strike while taking a shot from the number 1 recruit in the country.

Add Tyler, Justin to

WR-Hunter,Rogers, Arnett, Dallas and co

RB-Poole, Oku, Smith and co

TE-Rivera, Downs(?), the juco...

And that young, talented and now deep O-Line

UT has one of the best rising Offenses in the country.

On Defense we will have a much improved D-Line and need to adress the LBs with another big recruit but I think the DBs commited are going to help a lot. Coleman, Martin and Randolph are all very talented.

The future is bright at UT!

absgovols writes:

These six now know what we know: It's great to be a Tennessee Vol!

bahamapapavol writes:

Proud of all you guys who have chosen to be a Vol. We're excited to have you and look forward to your contribution to our program. Go vols!

Vol4life77 writes:

in response to TK:

Can any of them be counted as 2010 signess since is before signing day?

How is that possible when they enrolled in school in 2011 as part of the 2011 recruiting class and the 2010 football season is completely over?I'm not trying to be a smarta** but come on use your head for something else besides a hat rack.

stompintheswamp2 writes:

Something special is beginning in Tennessee.

Book it!

UTSportsFanatic writes:

Did I miss something? Wasn't Alex Bullard supposed to also be enrolled and attend this semester????

UTSportsFanatic writes:

And as much as I hate to bring his name on to this site, I had to love this little headline on ESPN:

"Sources: Ayles may leave USC; Kiffin in dark"

TK writes:

in response to Vol4life77:

How is that possible when they enrolled in school in 2011 as part of the 2011 recruiting class and the 2010 football season is completely over?I'm not trying to be a smarta** but come on use your head for something else besides a hat rack.

Just because the year changes on Dec 31st does not mean there is not a carry over. My work year ends on Oct 1st. I did not know if the signing went from Feb to Feb.

eefor10c writes:

Rivals has Worley as the #19 player in SC, yet he is the SC player of the year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year. What gives?

PUL4VOLS writes:

Just glad they are all among us now and hope they do well in the classroom, weight room and especially on the field come spring time. GO BIG ORANGE!

Bigger_Al writes:

in response to TK:

Can any of them be counted as 2010 signess since is before signing day?

Actually, the answer is yes. It depends on if the team filled its 25 maximum quota in the 2010 class. And sometimes that number could be impacted by the 2009 class and early enrollees. But to know for sure how it applies to UT this year, we need people with more info than I have to weigh in on this.

Cardinal54 writes:

We can back count 1 player in this years class allowing us to sign 26 in 2011. These players are all part of the 26 signed in 2011. Therefore, we can sign up to 20 on NSD. (At least that's what I was told)

Bogus writes:

in response to UTSportsFanatic:

Did I miss something? Wasn't Alex Bullard supposed to also be enrolled and attend this semester????

He is enrolled, but he is a walk-on. He hasn't been offered a scholly yet, but it will come. Don't sweat it.

eweteaparty writes:

Since the article concerns football signees enrolling in school and attending classes, how about supplying information on these student-athletes' high school academic achievements, classes they are currently taking, field of study, etc.

de3cls writes:

I heard on channel 10 sports (Steve Phillips) that Maurice Couch has enrolled as well.

FWBVol writes:

in response to eweteaparty:

Since the article concerns football signees enrolling in school and attending classes, how about supplying information on these student-athletes' high school academic achievements, classes they are currently taking, field of study, etc.

If these kids are like most freshmen it might take them two years of general studies to settle on a major.

I'll go out on a limb here and say most of us on this site want the kids to be successful students and hope they will keep their academics up so the can stay eligible, but we are more interested in what they can bench press than whether or not they made an A in high school history class.

I hope there are some aspiring young Peyton Mannings in the classroom as well as the football field, but none us will be going to their biology class to see how well these kids can disect a frog. But more than 100,000 strong will fill Neyland to watch them each Saturday with millions of other Volunteer fans watching them on TV.

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

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dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

The linemen...smart move, guys.

Worley: I felt you could tell Bray had 'it' as a passer based on Spring stats. Will be interesting to see how Worley does. Did not realize he was that tall.

Am also waiting to see if Matt leaves.

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to TK:

Just because the year changes on Dec 31st does not mean there is not a carry over. My work year ends on Oct 1st. I did not know if the signing went from Feb to Feb.

A lot of us don't know if it is Feb, to Feb.

A sensible question was asked.cloverhillking#257900 had to show his stupidity.

Let's start talking sports here and leave the "how dumb are you and how smart I am" attitudes for the trolls.

A good question deserves a good answer.

Jimslaw writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

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These young men don't want to be like you, low life scum that troll around on forums all day. Plus those girls you have been with used to be men. Can't you see the adams apple, come on bud.
Get a life, get a job and leave us alone.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Whatever happened to Eddrick Loften and John Brown?

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

How does Downs hold a power clean record at 6'6"?

Can one of you physics majors calculate the incremental work required for a 6-6 dude vs a 6' guy? Short and stocky works best for power cleans.

EMBuckles writes:

in response to Tau_of_Tennessee:

How does Downs hold a power clean record at 6'6"?

Can one of you physics majors calculate the incremental work required for a 6-6 dude vs a 6' guy? Short and stocky works best for power cleans.

Crowder and Downs are from Bristol Tennessee High School. BTHS is often referred to as "Tennessee High School" to distinguish it from Bristol Virginia High School (Bristol is a "twin city" one part in Virginia, one part in Tennessee) and the name is appropriate because it has been sort of like a "little UT". People often say that BTHS is more like a college than a high school. Also, as is true of many high schools, colleges and universities throughout the southeastern part of our nation, football (and to a lesser extent basketball) is more like a "religion" than a sport at "Tennessee High School". The athletics and physical education departments there are excellent. They work very closely with the athletes and encourage them to do their very best providing them with the means to do so. Also, the students and their parents, the faculty and their families and most everybody else in the Bristol, Tennessee area, my hometown, are "rabid" Vol fans. One reason that East Tennessee State University, in nearby Johnson City, got rid of their football team was because most people in that region(northeastern Tennessee) only care about the Tennessee "Vols" and did not care about ETSU's football team. UT would be well advised to regularly and frequently send recruiters to the Bristol, Tennessee area. And, yes, I am sure that Downs DOES hold that record.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to HtownVol:

I get more excited about Justin Worley all the time.

Tyler is the QB of now but it shows that JW is a competitor. Knowing Tyler is a hot rising QB in the SEC and JW could have went almost anywhere he wanted and chose UT.
I dont understand what these recruiting services are knocking JW for. Gatorade POY. Threw for unbelievable numbers in HS and I watched him play twice, there is nothing stopping him from being a great QB. I saw him stand strong with J Clowney about to drill him and deliver a strike while taking a shot from the number 1 recruit in the country.

Add Tyler, Justin to

WR-Hunter,Rogers, Arnett, Dallas and co

RB-Poole, Oku, Smith and co

TE-Rivera, Downs(?), the juco...

And that young, talented and now deep O-Line

UT has one of the best rising Offenses in the country.

On Defense we will have a much improved D-Line and need to adress the LBs with another big recruit but I think the DBs commited are going to help a lot. Coleman, Martin and Randolph are all very talented.

The future is bright at UT!

Couldn't agree more. I live in South Carolina and everybody is talking about Worley. They think he is going to be great.

jhatvmc#208154 writes:

It has been a while since I was able to log in to comment (computer problems), so...what is this new "free/pay" site, GVX247? Strictly a money grab?

volfandan writes:

Has this year's Tennessee All State football team been announced yet? Crowder's stats include All-State, but I didn't think that team had come out yet.

VOLHEAD writes:

Youngbloods that bleed orange -- gotta love it!

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

in response to Jimslaw:

These young men don't want to be like you, low life scum that troll around on forums all day. Plus those girls you have been with used to be men. Can't you see the adams apple, come on bud.
Get a life, get a job and leave us alone.

oh, well, okay, since YOU say so.

grow up dunce, just yanking the 'work hard be all the vol you can be' crowd. if you take everything anyone around you says that seriously, you must end up with your a## kicked about 3 times a day.

cooper65#432178 writes:

in response to Vol4life77:

How is that possible when they enrolled in school in 2011 as part of the 2011 recruiting class and the 2010 football season is completely over?I'm not trying to be a smarta** but come on use your head for something else besides a hat rack.

He just asked a question. In fact, you were trying to be a smarta** and you succeeded. In fact, you are a total a**hole.

thvol writes:

so what if we don't get clowney theres still this guyand hes all vol!

http://smokiespost.blogspot.com/2011/...

dead_vol_foul (Inactive) writes:

in response to eefor10c:

Rivals has Worley as the #19 player in SC, yet he is the SC player of the year and the Gatorade National Player of the Year. What gives?

ah, it's all just a 'fun'n'games' thing about rating players.

Look at Bryce Brown...how did he end up "no. 1 recruit"?? Seriously?? How many kids outshown him last season.

Without being patronizing, I'll say this: as long as you can recruit a great core of O and D linemen every year, you can make about anybody look super. That's not saying there aren't super backs, there are. But even an average skill player looks great when they have time to do their thing.

Long post, sorry. I have a fair amount of faith in Dooley's 'eye' for players. I think, too, he's developing a reputation for saying it like it is. I have hopes next year brings us a bit better luck and definitely a better knowledge of play-clock rules!!!

mercuryvol writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

ah, it's all just a 'fun'n'games' thing about rating players.

Look at Bryce Brown...how did he end up "no. 1 recruit"?? Seriously?? How many kids outshown him last season.

Without being patronizing, I'll say this: as long as you can recruit a great core of O and D linemen every year, you can make about anybody look super. That's not saying there aren't super backs, there are. But even an average skill player looks great when they have time to do their thing.

Long post, sorry. I have a fair amount of faith in Dooley's 'eye' for players. I think, too, he's developing a reputation for saying it like it is. I have hopes next year brings us a bit better luck and definitely a better knowledge of play-clock rules!!!

Good job,DVF,3 truths in one post. Sometimes takes 2-3 whole threads to find that much sense.

kingmufasa76 writes:

hm

tennrich1 writes:

in response to dead_vol_foul:

ah, it's all just a 'fun'n'games' thing about rating players.

Look at Bryce Brown...how did he end up "no. 1 recruit"?? Seriously?? How many kids outshown him last season.

Without being patronizing, I'll say this: as long as you can recruit a great core of O and D linemen every year, you can make about anybody look super. That's not saying there aren't super backs, there are. But even an average skill player looks great when they have time to do their thing.

Long post, sorry. I have a fair amount of faith in Dooley's 'eye' for players. I think, too, he's developing a reputation for saying it like it is. I have hopes next year brings us a bit better luck and definitely a better knowledge of play-clock rules!!!

The more I follow the game and recruiting I am coming to your opinion as well....especially in the SEC...won or lost...success or failure...mostly is done up front....OL and DL...

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