GVX247: Another safety commits to Vols

At least six prospects are spending this weekend on Tennessee’s campus for official visits, but the Vols received their latest verbal commitment from a player who’s not among them.

Geraldo Orta, a safety from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga., confirmed by text message Saturday that he committed to UT on Friday after canceling his scheduled official visit to Clemson this weekend.

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volpreacher writes:

Don't put things like this on here to tease people. If you have news write it. This is ridiculous.

volpreacher writes:

Besides you are behind Rivals and others for the news anyway.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

pushes us ahead of the Gators in the Rivals team rankings.

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

12:30 pm volquest reports that Geraldo Orta has committed to the Vols. 3:58 pm gvx reports it. I believe hubbs is more dedicated to volquest then this site so which one am I going to pay for.lol

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

pushes us ahead of the Gators in the Rivals team rankings.

We've been ahead of Gators on Rivals since Lanier committed on 1/17.

HtownVol writes:

DB is looking to be a position of strength next year.

JJ
Wagner
Teague
Gordon
Coleman
Martin
Randolph
Lanier
Orta
Brent Brewer
One more commit I forget his name.

And from what I seen every one of these commits look very good.

LB and D-Line actually looks like the only area of concern.

Not so much with the D-Line with Walls and Martin coming back and Couch, Jaques Smith and many more coming.

I wish someone knew what the ___ ever happened to Jerod Askew.

The future is VERY bright at UT (football)

Basketball needs a few big guys for next year or it will be very ugly! Another day though.

GO VOLS!

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to HtownVol:

DB is looking to be a position of strength next year.

JJ
Wagner
Teague
Gordon
Coleman
Martin
Randolph
Lanier
Orta
Brent Brewer
One more commit I forget his name.

And from what I seen every one of these commits look very good.

LB and D-Line actually looks like the only area of concern.

Not so much with the D-Line with Walls and Martin coming back and Couch, Jaques Smith and many more coming.

I wish someone knew what the ___ ever happened to Jerod Askew.

The future is VERY bright at UT (football)

Basketball needs a few big guys for next year or it will be very ugly! Another day though.

GO VOLS!

Tino Thomas listed as an athlete but was DB in HS

toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years writes:

Janzen will not make it until next year so we need every db we can get. marlin Lane, Richardson, Clear, and Wright will be 4 of our last 5 commits. I don't think the other one will be Dawson or Moore. I think it is going to be a surprise. Maybe Rausco or Jernigan.

murrayvol writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

I know what you mean. Still subscribe to Newsweek.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

It is now apparent that KNS is going to require payment for any recruiting news. Is anyone aware of a site that does provide recruiting news for UT without charging for it?

VolFaninDC writes:

Wow, looks like we beat out Miss St., South Carolina, South Florida and Louisville for this one. That ought to show LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida and those national and SEC championships they just won.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

It is now apparent that KNS is going to require payment for any recruiting news. Is anyone aware of a site that does provide recruiting news for UT without charging for it?

VOLNATION but no posting just news and they usually have it long before govols

kyletrktr writes:

in response to VolFaninDC:

Wow, looks like we beat out Miss St., South Carolina, South Florida and Louisville for this one. That ought to show LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida and those national and SEC championships they just won.

you're not a very positive person, are you?

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to VolFaninDC:

Wow, looks like we beat out Miss St., South Carolina, South Florida and Louisville for this one. That ought to show LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida and those national and SEC championships they just won.

Why the negative comment? He apparently is a pretty good recruit..4* by ESPN for the star gazers..

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

VOLNATION but no posting just news and they usually have it long before govols

Thanks.

jawga writes:

I finally found Orta on Rivals site. It took awhile since he was the #57 rated S. Just another 3-Star to add to the collection.

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to jawga:

I finally found Orta on Rivals site. It took awhile since he was the #57 rated S. Just another 3-Star to add to the collection.

Really you finally found him? Within 10 seconds you can find any recruit in this years class. Thanks for the dramatic attempt though lol. As far as the rest..it all depends on where you look. Rivals does have him rated there but ESPN has him as a 4* and #17 S.

ibvolman writes:

Old news that I knew about at 7:00A.M this morning.

Why does GVX believe that people will jump through the hoops to subscribe for something that is not breaking news?

GVX247...On the cusp of yesterdays news, and making you pay for it.

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to jawga:

I finally found Orta on Rivals site. It took awhile since he was the #57 rated S. Just another 3-Star to add to the collection.

So the 10 players rated at "3" or less by Rivals that your puppies have committed are sh*t. Is that what I hear you saying?

Vol1983 writes:

You want to get rid of GVX247. Stop visiting GoVolsXtra. This is my last time on this site. Advertisers pay attention. You are wasting your money with KNS.

osbymartin#581730 writes:

in response to volballrocks:

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I agree with you but Louisville is up and coming and getting some big recruits so their future is getting brighter.

stompintheswamp2 writes:

Here's the deal: if everyone will keep on posting better, fresher info than GVX247 has, eventually they will give up, and give us the same late info that we used to get free. lol

I learn more from the posts here than I would if I could view the article. What a joke. I wish GVX would just charge a nominal fee for the whole thing. It's worth it for the trolls to go away, and only have true Vol fans on here.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to toldyouthatspsuckedfor3years:

Janzen will not make it until next year so we need every db we can get. marlin Lane, Richardson, Clear, and Wright will be 4 of our last 5 commits. I don't think the other one will be Dawson or Moore. I think it is going to be a surprise. Maybe Rausco or Jernigan.

Dooley did promise one big surprise.

CroKev writes:

While we're on the subject of recruiting I have a question for everybody. Here are the populations of the states in the SEC:
Florida 18.8 million
Georgia 9.7
Tenn. 6.2
Ala. 4.7
S. Car. 4.6
Lou. 4.5
Kent. 4.3
Ark. 2.9
Miss. 2.9

Based on the population numbers, I can understand why Florida is the hotbed of recruiting and Georgia is also up there. What I cannot understand is why Louisiana, Alabama, and maybe Mississippi also get that reputation. Furthermore, with the 3rd largest population, Tennessee does not have that reputation and each coach that comes here emphasizes why we must go out of state to get talent. Louisiana has the most 5* athletes on Rivals with 3. And every single one of them is from Louisiana! Furthermore, Alabama and Mississippi both have 2 SEC schools in the state competing for the same talent. You could say Tenn. does also but who counts Vandy? (UF has to compete with FSU & Miami et al. for their kids - as well as the rest of the nation).
Can someone clear this up for me - Why does Tennessee's High School system not consistently produce the calibre of athletes some of these lesser populated SEC states produce (and I don't think the answer is that this is just a down year)? If you look at the Rivals 100 and 250, the state of Tenn. seems to be pretty far behind the other SEC states with lower populations.

cwbytruckers writes:

in response to CroKev:

While we're on the subject of recruiting I have a question for everybody. Here are the populations of the states in the SEC:
Florida 18.8 million
Georgia 9.7
Tenn. 6.2
Ala. 4.7
S. Car. 4.6
Lou. 4.5
Kent. 4.3
Ark. 2.9
Miss. 2.9

Based on the population numbers, I can understand why Florida is the hotbed of recruiting and Georgia is also up there. What I cannot understand is why Louisiana, Alabama, and maybe Mississippi also get that reputation. Furthermore, with the 3rd largest population, Tennessee does not have that reputation and each coach that comes here emphasizes why we must go out of state to get talent. Louisiana has the most 5* athletes on Rivals with 3. And every single one of them is from Louisiana! Furthermore, Alabama and Mississippi both have 2 SEC schools in the state competing for the same talent. You could say Tenn. does also but who counts Vandy? (UF has to compete with FSU & Miami et al. for their kids - as well as the rest of the nation).
Can someone clear this up for me - Why does Tennessee's High School system not consistently produce the calibre of athletes some of these lesser populated SEC states produce (and I don't think the answer is that this is just a down year)? If you look at the Rivals 100 and 250, the state of Tenn. seems to be pretty far behind the other SEC states with lower populations.

Honestly....Not enough black athletes state wide in Tennessee. Thats not me being raciest. Thats just the cold hard truth.

CarthageVol writes:

Question. Just looked at rivals and noticed USC had 25 commits. I thought they were limited by 10 sch/yr? That is for three years. Is that not correct?

McMinnVol writes:

in response to CarthageVol:

Question. Just looked at rivals and noticed USC had 25 commits. I thought they were limited by 10 sch/yr? That is for three years. Is that not correct?

If you notice, 8 have already signed a letter of intent. I am not positive about this, but I think those may be counting on last year's class somehow. Notice that one guy is a 2 star and one has no stars. I read somewhere that they had lowered their standards of what they usually go after just because they needed some players under last year's class.

CCLC writes:

in response to CroKev:

While we're on the subject of recruiting I have a question for everybody. Here are the populations of the states in the SEC:
Florida 18.8 million
Georgia 9.7
Tenn. 6.2
Ala. 4.7
S. Car. 4.6
Lou. 4.5
Kent. 4.3
Ark. 2.9
Miss. 2.9

Based on the population numbers, I can understand why Florida is the hotbed of recruiting and Georgia is also up there. What I cannot understand is why Louisiana, Alabama, and maybe Mississippi also get that reputation. Furthermore, with the 3rd largest population, Tennessee does not have that reputation and each coach that comes here emphasizes why we must go out of state to get talent. Louisiana has the most 5* athletes on Rivals with 3. And every single one of them is from Louisiana! Furthermore, Alabama and Mississippi both have 2 SEC schools in the state competing for the same talent. You could say Tenn. does also but who counts Vandy? (UF has to compete with FSU & Miami et al. for their kids - as well as the rest of the nation).
Can someone clear this up for me - Why does Tennessee's High School system not consistently produce the calibre of athletes some of these lesser populated SEC states produce (and I don't think the answer is that this is just a down year)? If you look at the Rivals 100 and 250, the state of Tenn. seems to be pretty far behind the other SEC states with lower populations.

What surprising to me is the big number of kids from their home state that Arkansas signs. Petrino has done well with coaching his kids up. I'm puzzled by Tennessee lack of HS talent as well. Lot of kids from Georgia play there because of the Vol tradition and locale but SC has more Georgia kids signing to play than local homegrown talent by an ever larger number. Can't be because of the Gamecock tradition. Alabubba has more out state players than home grown talent which is surprising. The football programs in Georgia are pretty solid. I believe the coaching and youth football programs in the state are just much more superior than most other states in the South. Texas has mostly Texas kids with one or two from Louisiana and California thrown in. Oklahoma is largely made up of Texas kids. Texas High School football is second to none. State population, coaching talent and solid high school football programs and decent weather all figure in the mix somehow.
just sayin'

CCLC writes:

in response to cwbytruckers:

Honestly....Not enough black athletes state wide in Tennessee. Thats not me being raciest. Thats just the cold hard truth.

More cold hard truth....."In Texas, Latinos make up almost 36% of the population, blacks about 12%;" Ohio is about the same. The reasons behind Tennessee lack of in state talent is a little more robust than simply not having enough african americans to compete. Look at Alabama's signing class this year.... there are 70% out of state recruits. Alabama certainly has it's share of diversity I think.
just sayin

gold12#1389721 writes:

in response to cwbytruckers:

Honestly....Not enough black athletes state wide in Tennessee. Thats not me being raciest. Thats just the cold hard truth.

Ditto! I concur. I am not racist either, but I do beleive this to be the cold hard facts as stated.

CCLC writes:

in response to gold12#1389721:

Ditto! I concur. I am not racist either, but I do beleive this to be the cold hard facts as stated.

And yet there is California.

CCLC writes:

in response to steviejanowski:

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Food for thought from an earlier blog about this very same subject. I found it interesting thought I'd share it here.

"I did demographic & psychographic mapping, research, and analysis for several years. There ARE indicators that definitely seem to follow (or precede) conditions that produce more athletes (Note: you get better athletes by having more athletes--because of competition, higher standards, and improvements passed down to the players coming along).
Chief among them, irrespective of race, are 1) "effectively" single-parent families (think of the football-productive coal mining areas of Pennsylvania during the mid-20th century; although there were 2 parents, Dad was down in the mine 12 hours a day and dead-tired when he got home), and 2) pervasive poverty. A higher percentage of young males growing up under these conditions will typically be drawn to either gangs or team sports--mainly because they provide identity, a non-matriarchal family, and strong father-figures.
The social dynamics are the same regardless of race. We just happen to live in a time when nearly 70% of black children are growing up in single-parent homes.
(Next time you hear of a "values-preaching" coach giving a "bad" kid a second or third chance after screwing up... remind yourself that some of these athletes are just now facing demands for self-discipline that you mastered in grammar school.)"

I agree more with this post than just the blanket this race is a better athlete argument. I have seen more studies that link professional success to athletics based upon social economic status than I have to actual race. If you look at today's professional athletes, very few of them grew up in economical successful families. If you factor out the athletic families (Sims, Mannings, etc.) the number of successful professional athletes drops to next to nothing. This trend goes back all the way to the early 1900's. Back then it was the Italian, Irish, and Jewish athletes dominating college and the early professional sports. These were the immigrants and poor of the time. If you polled most kids in a poor neighborhood (regardless of race), they would rank the path to wealth in the following order; Sports, Lottery, and then an education."

Vol43 writes:

in response to Vol1983:

You want to get rid of GVX247. Stop visiting GoVolsXtra. This is my last time on this site. Advertisers pay attention. You are wasting your money with KNS.

Man take a chill pill. Just because they advertise on this site shouldn't make us get crazy. You don't have to subscribe if you choose not to. Really.

CCLC writes:

I hear ya. I'm not ot keen on labels either. Hester from LSU and Hillis at Arkansas both fought the RB stereotypes when they entered the pros as did a lot of black QB's. When Michael Vick was drafted by the Falcons the sports talk shows heralded the end of the white drop back qb That Vick was the beginning of the new standard for professional qbs. Somehow Peyton ignored all of that and still managed to dominate the NFL qb stats. Bad year this past season but he lacked supporting cast.

ImaGATORmyGirlfriendsaVOL writes:

USC has filed it's appeal with the NCAA, and they are expecting the NCAA to lower their punishment, therefore allowing all of their commitments to sign. If not, they will have to pull the Scholarship offers to up to 5 of them according to ESPN and Rivals. They can count 2-3 towards last years numbers only.

If I were the NCAA, I would not remove any of their punishment. Thats a slap in the face, they are oversigning because they think the NCAA will reduce their scholarship reductions

CCLC writes:

in response to ImaGATORmyGirlfriendsaVOL:

USC has filed it's appeal with the NCAA, and they are expecting the NCAA to lower their punishment, therefore allowing all of their commitments to sign. If not, they will have to pull the Scholarship offers to up to 5 of them according to ESPN and Rivals. They can count 2-3 towards last years numbers only.

If I were the NCAA, I would not remove any of their punishment. Thats a slap in the face, they are oversigning because they think the NCAA will reduce their scholarship reductions

Yesterday, Southern Cal had the appeal hearing for the NCAA sanctions it received in the wake of the Bush mess. What do you figure the over/under was on the number of times the Trojans mentioned the Newtons?

Vol737 writes:

Fulse is a 4 star Tight End from Valdosta, likes UT a bunch. Mickey Johnson (4 star DL) from Louisiana likes UT, has LSU, Arkansas high on his list with TN too. May be old news to some, but for those who wanted a quick bio on who we're still in on.

Vol737 writes:

Also Antonio Richardson really liked his visit to Georgia....I've never felt like we would land him anyway but who knows.

UTengr36 writes:

Kind of off topic: What do people know about this Willie Carmichael that is visiting next weekend? Apparently he runs a 4.38 40 and is TN Mr. Football.

bigorange61 writes:

in response to UTengr36:

Kind of off topic: What do people know about this Willie Carmichael that is visiting next weekend? Apparently he runs a 4.38 40 and is TN Mr. Football.

William Carmichael, quarterback for Greeneville. Can also play running back and defensive back. Runs track as well. Hasn't got alot of attention from division one schools. Kind of like a Devron Young. I suspect he may get an offer if we don't fill up all the slots.

these_orange_colored_glasses writes:

in response to CroKev:

While we're on the subject of recruiting I have a question for everybody. Here are the populations of the states in the SEC:
Florida 18.8 million
Georgia 9.7
Tenn. 6.2
Ala. 4.7
S. Car. 4.6
Lou. 4.5
Kent. 4.3
Ark. 2.9
Miss. 2.9

Based on the population numbers, I can understand why Florida is the hotbed of recruiting and Georgia is also up there. What I cannot understand is why Louisiana, Alabama, and maybe Mississippi also get that reputation. Furthermore, with the 3rd largest population, Tennessee does not have that reputation and each coach that comes here emphasizes why we must go out of state to get talent. Louisiana has the most 5* athletes on Rivals with 3. And every single one of them is from Louisiana! Furthermore, Alabama and Mississippi both have 2 SEC schools in the state competing for the same talent. You could say Tenn. does also but who counts Vandy? (UF has to compete with FSU & Miami et al. for their kids - as well as the rest of the nation).
Can someone clear this up for me - Why does Tennessee's High School system not consistently produce the calibre of athletes some of these lesser populated SEC states produce (and I don't think the answer is that this is just a down year)? If you look at the Rivals 100 and 250, the state of Tenn. seems to be pretty far behind the other SEC states with lower populations.

i hate to say this, but i played high school football at two high schools in Bradley co. TN. ( Cleveland high and Charleston high), and on those teams only Cleveland had next level talent, and was stocked full. if i remember correctly. there was about 20 that left that team for major schools, such as Tenn., Clem., GT., ect.... and they all washed out but a few... at both of those schools i didn't have to really study cause my classes were mostly with my coach's teaching them. in one of my classes, i graded papers.. in another i helped the grounds-keeper on the football field. and so on... and i'm not stupid, i had a 2.6... my point is ... i think in this state they pass athletes so often that they don't pass colleges entrance exams and s.a.t.'s . and then don't get recruited.... the coach's in tenn. high schools pass their star players so they can play. and don't worry about getting them ready for the next level...

oskie_score writes:

in response to CroKev:

While we're on the subject of recruiting I have a question for everybody. Here are the populations of the states in the SEC:
Florida 18.8 million
Georgia 9.7
Tenn. 6.2
Ala. 4.7
S. Car. 4.6
Lou. 4.5
Kent. 4.3
Ark. 2.9
Miss. 2.9

Based on the population numbers, I can understand why Florida is the hotbed of recruiting and Georgia is also up there. What I cannot understand is why Louisiana, Alabama, and maybe Mississippi also get that reputation. Furthermore, with the 3rd largest population, Tennessee does not have that reputation and each coach that comes here emphasizes why we must go out of state to get talent. Louisiana has the most 5* athletes on Rivals with 3. And every single one of them is from Louisiana! Furthermore, Alabama and Mississippi both have 2 SEC schools in the state competing for the same talent. You could say Tenn. does also but who counts Vandy? (UF has to compete with FSU & Miami et al. for their kids - as well as the rest of the nation).
Can someone clear this up for me - Why does Tennessee's High School system not consistently produce the calibre of athletes some of these lesser populated SEC states produce (and I don't think the answer is that this is just a down year)? If you look at the Rivals 100 and 250, the state of Tenn. seems to be pretty far behind the other SEC states with lower populations.

Demographics, more than race, is key. A communities culture, not population, is the common denominator you seek. In those "hotbeds" you speak of, Youth (Pee-Wee, JR & SR HS) Football is a way of life.

On any level (Pee-Wee, HS, Collegiate, Pro) of any (individual or team) sport, better coaching creates better athletes which in turn create better programs. Of course, there are other variables and too, always exceptions to the rule BUT in general it truly is that simple.

chargervol writes:

in response to bigorange61:

William Carmichael, quarterback for Greeneville. Can also play running back and defensive back. Runs track as well. Hasn't got alot of attention from division one schools. Kind of like a Devron Young. I suspect he may get an offer if we don't fill up all the slots.

I don't post very often. I have posted about Carmichael a few times. He is a really good looking athlete. Ask Mack Crowder how many times he ran by all his Tennessee High teammates. When Tennessee High and Greenville played, Carmichael was the best athlete/player on the field, hands down. I was hoping Dooley would take a look at him. GO VOLS!!!!

dgcarter43 writes:

I have tried with no sucess to find out the story of Jerod Askew. He was considered the number one run stopper in the country and he hasn't been mentioned even though he is still on the roster. Linebacker is an area of need and you would think he would have seen some playing time unless he was injured or an academic casualty. Does anyone have any information?

sequoyah#236720 writes:

well KNS, looks like you aren't going to give info at all unless we pay $10 a month. Time to delete you from my favorites and find a different place to get info on my Vols. If you want a revenue stream, I believe that the motivated newpaper gets "advertisements".

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to dgcarter43:

I have tried with no sucess to find out the story of Jerod Askew. He was considered the number one run stopper in the country and he hasn't been mentioned even though he is still on the roster. Linebacker is an area of need and you would think he would have seen some playing time unless he was injured or an academic casualty. Does anyone have any information?

I read somewhere he was a redshirt last year. Not sure about any other news.

516milesfromUT writes:

Guess GVX247 will report todays news tomorrow about The latest running back commit.ML

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to 516milesfromUT:

Guess GVX247 will report todays news tomorrow about The latest running back commit.ML

I saw that for free on ESPN recruiting news few minutes age. I assume u saw it there also.

SavTnVol writes:

I sure am glad I don't have to pay $10 per months to read the news about a running back commiting tot he VOLS two days after he commits..GVX247 is a shame for a VOLS site

SavTnVol writes:

It's amazing how Smokies Post even beat you to reporting this....

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