Derek Dooley comments on recruiting Penn State players
Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley said Tuesday that Tennessee has been in contact with Penn State football players.
"We've analyzed (Penn State's) roster," said Dooley, who was the featured speaker at the Downtown Rotary Club. "We've had some communication with some of the players."
He wouldn't specify what players UT had contacted.
Penn State was placed on NCAA probation Monday. Because of the severe sanctions, Penn State players can transfer to any school in the country and be eligible immediately.
UT benefited from such a situation two years ago when Southern California was placed on NCAA probation. The Vols signed defensive lineman Malik Jackson, who became an All-SEC player and was drafted by the Denver Broncos this spring.
"We were way ahead of every school (in the recruitment of Jackson)," Dooley said. "We don't have the luxury of being out in front because of the enormity (of the Penn State situation)."
UT's situation also is different now than when it signed Jackson, according to Dooley.
"No. 1, I feel good about the players we've signed," he said. "We're not desperate."
The most sought-after Penn State player is likely to be running back Silas Redd. He rushed for 1,241 yards last season as a sophomore and would have two years of eligibility remaining.
Redd's father told the Harrisburg Patriot-News on Tuesday that his son has not made a decision as to where he will play this fall.
While UT returns 19 starters from last season, it doesn't have an established running back. Tauren Poole, UT's leading rusher in 2011, has graduated.
The Vols' leading returning rushers are Marlin Lane, who rushed for 280 yards last season as a freshman, and Rajion Neal, who rushed for 134 yards and also caught 13 passes for 269 yards last season.
John Adams is a senior columnist. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.