Big haul for Vols: UT adds 18 signees to 14 midterm enrollees, Jucos

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones   Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 during his first press conference since the 2013 season ended.   (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee football coach Butch Jones Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 during his first press conference since the 2013 season ended. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Shortly before 11:30, Tennessee wrapped up its signing class for the day at 18, barring any surprises. That figure does not count Juco or midterm enrollees, nor does it include preferred walk-ons.

Related: Video breakdowns of each signee

Related: Biographies of each signee

The final look at today's signees, as well as those who enrolled at midterm:

Signees

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown School Stars*

Dillon Bates LB 6-3 220 Ponte Vedra, Fla. Ponte Vedra 4 stars

Elliott Berry S 5-11 195 Fairburn, Ga. Creekside 3 stars

Evan Berry CB 5-11 195 Fairburn, Ga. Creekside 4 stars

Gavin Bryant LB 6-1 222 Jackson, Ala. Jackson 4 stars

RaShaan Gaulden S 6-1 178 Thompson’s Station Independence 3 stars

Joe Henderson DE 6-4 222 Cleveland Shaker Heights 4 stars

Dewayne Hendrix DL 6-5 254 O’Fallon, Ill. O’Fallon 4 stars

Todd Kelly Jr. S 5-11 180 Knoxville Webb 4 stars

Cortez McDowell S 6-1 205 Locust Grove, Ga. Locust Grove 4 stars

Aaron Medley K 6-2 170 Lewisburg, Tenn. Marshall County 3 stars

Charles Mosley DT 6-5 350 Brighton, Tenn. Brighton 4 stars

Treyvon Paulk RB 5-9 200 Milton, Ga. Milton 3 stars

Jashon Robertson G 6-3 295 Nashville Montgomery Bell Academy 3 stars

Michael Sawyers DT 6-2 300 Nashville, Ensworth 4 stars

Derrell Scott RB 5-11 180 Havelock, N.C. Havelock 4 stars

Cory Thomas DL 6-6 270 McCalla, Ala. McAdory 3 stars

Chris Weatherd LB 6-4 225 Athens, Texas Trinity Valley CC 4 stars

Vic Wharton ATH 5-11 170 Thompson’s Station, Tenn. Independence 3 stars

The stars listed are 247’s rankings.

Mid-Term Enrollees

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown School Stars*

Dontavius Blair OT 6-8 300 Anniston, Ala. Garden City (Kan.) CC 4 stars

Neiko Creamer ATH 6-3 215 Elkton, Md. Tri-State Christian Academy 3 stars

Daniel Helm TE 6-4 225 Chatham, Ill. Glenwood 3 stars

Jalen Hurd RB 6-3 227 Hendersonville, Tenn. Beech 4 stars

Jakob Johnson LB 6-4 240 Jacksonville, Fla. Jean Ribault 3 stars

Josh Malone WR 6-3 195 Gallitan, Tenn. Station Camp 4 stars

Dimarya Mixon DL 6-3 263 Mesquite, Texas West Mesquite 3 stars

Emmanuel Moseley CB 5-11 165 Greensboro, N.C. Dudley 3 stars

D’Andre Payne CB 5-9 176 Washington Friendship Academy 4 stars

Von Pearson WR 6-3 185 Newport News, Va. Feather River (Calif.) College 4 stars

Ray Raulerson OT 6-5 275 Tampa, Fla. Plant 3 stars

Coleman Thomas C 6-6 299 Max Meadows, Va. Fort Chiswell 3 stars

Owen Williams DT 6-1 285 El Dorado, Kan. Butler CC 3 stars

Ethan Wolf TE 6-5 243 Minster, Ohio Minster 3 stars

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11:23: Elliott Berry

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Elliott Berry

Safety/outside linebacker, 5-11, 191

Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside)

Committed Nov. 4, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 741 overall

No. 61 outside linebacker

No. 68 prospect in Georgia

The skinny: One of the two Berry twins, Elliott may have more of a chip on his shoulder than his higher-rated brother. He projects as a smaller, quicker linebacker or a bigger safety. He has the size and speed to contribute on special teams from Day 1.

11:23 Evan Berry

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Evan Berry

Athlete, 5-11, 195

Fairburn, Ga. (Creekside)

Committed Nov. 4, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 289 overall

No. 28 athlete

No. 21 prospect in Georgia

The skinny: One of two twin brothers of former Vol Eric Berry who signed in 2014, Evan Berry is the higher rated of the duo. He’ll get a look at slot receiver, but he has the athleticism to also play in the secondary.

11:08: Joe Henderson

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Joe Henderson

Defensive end, 6-3, 222

Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights)

Committed May 30, 2013

247 Composite Rankings

Three stars

No. 376 nationally

No. 18 weak-side defensive end

No. 21 in Ohio

The skinny: Henderson thought he was enrolling in January, but an academic hiccup pushed him back to the summer. He’ll need to bulk up, but he’s fast enough to play an early role in limited speed-rushing situations."Joe has outstanding quickness and will add length to the defensive front. He has good burst and will develop into an edge presence,” said line coach Steve Stripling.

11: Cortez McDowell

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Cortez McDowell

Safety, 6-1, 200

Locust Grove, Ga. (Locust Grove)

Committed July 16, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 178 overall

No. 12 safety

No. 14 prospect in Georgia

The skinny: Perhaps overlooked because of his drama-free recruitment, McDowell is a well-regarded prospect who at the very least should play a special teams role this year.

10:20: Chris Weatherd

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Chris Weatherd

Outside linebacker, 6-3, 220

Carrollton, Texas (Creekview High)

Attends Trinity Valley CC in Athens, Texas

Committed May 31, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 19 overall junior college prospect

No. 1 junior college outside linebacker

No. 1 junior college prospect in Texas

The skinny: Once Texas A&M started pursuing Weatherd, some recruiting analysts thought it was only a matter of time before he switched. But he’s stuck resolutely by his UT commitment. An arrival in January would have given him a better chance to push for a starting job, but he’ll still have a chance to fight for one of the linebacker jobs this summer.

10:12: Michael Sawyers

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Michael Sawyers

Defensive tackle, 6-2, 300

Nashville (Ensworth)

Currently uncommitted

247 Composite rankings

No. 368 overall

No. 28 defensive tackle

No. 8 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Was uncommitted coming into signing day. A big pickup for the Vols

10:10: Derek Barnett

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Derek Barnett

Strong-side defensive end, 6-3, 265

Brentwood (Brentwood Academy)

Committed Oct. 9, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 206 overall

No. 13 strong-side defensive end

No. 5 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: One of seven Middle Tennessee prospects in the class, Barnett has the size to play immediately or perhaps grow into a tackle role.

9:20 Charles Mosley

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Charles Mosley

Defensive tackle/offensive lineman, 6-5, 350

Brighton (Brighton)

Committed Dec. 9, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 282 overall

No. 23 defensive tackle

No. 6 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Mosley is a big prospect who could play defensive tackle or move to the offensive line. For now, he’ll get a look at tackle. If coaches feel he’s ready to contribute, he’ll probably stick around. If not, most analysts are equally excited about his potential on the offensive line.

9:15: Jashon Robertson

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Jashon Robertson

Offensive guard, 6-3, 295

Nashville (Montgomery Bell)

Committed Jan. 15, 2014

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 567 overall

No. 30 offensive guard

No. 11 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: One of several Vanderbilt commitments who jumped ship after coach James Franklin left for Penn State, Robertson could play on either side of the ball and his final destination is still to be determined.

9:04: Dewayne Hendrix

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Dewayne Hendrix

Strong-side defensive end, 6-5, 254

O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon)

Committed Oct. 27, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 117 nationally

No. 7 strong-side defensive end

No. 4 prospect in Illinois

The skinny: The Vols fended off a late push from Missouri to hold onto Hendrix, who is one of several big defensive ends who could be the foundation of the defensive line in 2015 and 2016. He’ll have a chance to at least get into the rotation this summer.

8:50 Treyvon Paulk

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Treyvon Paulk

Running back, 5-9, 195

Alpharetta, Ga. (Milton)

Committed July 20, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 436 overall

No. 28 running back

No. 34 prospect in Georgia

The skinny: After the Vols picked up a third running back commitment, Paulk wanted reassurance that he was still wanted and needed. Coaches apparently reassured him, because Paulk chose not to take a late visit to Miami (Fla.). He’s coming off a season-ending ACL injury, which could limit his role in 2014.

8:40 Gavin Bryant

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Gavin Bryant

Inside linebacker, 6-2, 230

Jackson, Ala. (Jackson)

Committed June 17, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 271 overall

No. 10 inside linebacker

No. 9 prospect in Alabama

The skinny: It’s tough to steal a four-star prospect from Alabama and Auburn, but the Vols recruited Bryant early and aggressively, while others may have been scared away by academic concerns. But it appears Bryant will qualify and he never showed signs of leaving his UT commitment.

8:33: Aaron Medley

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Aaron Medley

Kicker, 6-2, 170

Lewisburg (Marshall County)

Committed May 22, 2013

247 Composite rankings

No. 1,143 overall

No. 6 kicker

No. 20 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Expectations are high for any kicker who gets a scholarship (rather than a walk-on offer) and with senior Michael Palardy moving on, the Vols need Medley to have a strong camp. Some analysts think he’s the best kicker in the country. He worked with former UT kicker James Wilhoit.

8:28: Derrell Scott

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Derrell Scott

Running back, 5-11, 180

Havelock, N.C. (Havelock)

Committed Jan. 27, 2014

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 127 nationally

No. 3 all-purpose running back

No. 6 prospect in North Carolina

The skinny: The Vols wanted a third back in this class, and Scott’s late commitment was a resounding solution. UT hopes Scott will be a perfect future complement to Jalen Hurd, who is a bigger, every-down back. He also offers an insurance policy in case Hurd and Treyvon Paulk are slowed by injuries in 2014.

8:25: RaShaan Gaulden

GVX TV | National Signing Day: RaShaan Gaulden

Safety, 6-1, 178

Spring Hill (Independence)

Committed July 20, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 407 overall

No. 33 safety

No. 9 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Another mid-state prospect, Gaulden could play a safety or nickel role. Like many of the young defensive backs, he’ll add depth to the special teams even if he doesn’t find a spot in the playing rotation.

8:20: Vic Wharton

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Vic Wharton

Athlete/receiver, 6-0, 188

Nashville (Independence)

Committed Dec. 5, 2012

247 Composite rankings

Three stars

No. 488 overall

No. 43 athlete

No. 10 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: Wharton seems likely to begin as a slot receiver, although he could also play cornerback. He was a special teams force in high school, and coaches are eager to get a look at him in the return game.

7:35 a.m.: Dillon Bates

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Dillon Bates

Dillon Bates

Linebacker, 6-3, 220

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (Ponte Vedra)

Committed July 3, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 95 nationally

No. 7 linebacker

No. 15 prospect in Florida

The skinny: Bates’ college-ready frame gives him the chance to compete for the open linebacker spot immediately, although he’ll face competition from several other young players in 2014. His father Bill played safety for the Vols and his mother Denise was a UT cheerleader.

Butch Jones offers advice on going overboard

"We have to be very careful. This is an extremely talented class. But it's like raising your children. They're 17 and 18 years old, and we as coaches need to develop them."

GVX TV | National Signing Day: Todd Kelly Jr.

7:10 a.m. Todd Kelly

Safety, 6-0, 188

Knoxville (Webb School)

Committed March 10, 2013

247 Composite rankings

Four stars

No. 61 nationally

No. 5 safety

No. 3 prospect in Tennessee

The skinny: As an elite early commitment, Kelly helped set the pace for the strong 2014 class. He was also an active recruiter who helped convince other prospects to commit. He’ll have a chance to compete for playing time and a special teams role in 2014, and it’s hard not to imagine him as a multi-year starter.

6 a.m. update: Brown not expected to sign

According to our partners at govols247, Orlando Brown, a three-star offensive tackle from Georgia, is not expected to sign with Tennessee today due to academic reasons.

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Here is a look at the players still expected to sign, and the times they are believed to be doing so.

Dillon Bates — 7 a.m.

Elliott Berry — 7:30 a.m.

Evan Berry — 7:30 a.m.

Joe Henderson — 7:30 a.m.

RaShaan Gaulden — 8 a.m.

Vic Wharton — 8 a.m.

Aaron Medley — 8:15 a.m.

Chris Weatherd — 8:15 a.m.

Gavin Bryant — 8:30 a.m.

Derrell Scott — 8:30 a.m.

Dewayne Hendrix — 10 a.m.

Cortez McDowell — 10 a.m.

Cory Thomas —11 a.m.

Derek Barnett — 11:15 a.m.

Treyvon Paulk — Noon

Jashon Robertson — Noon

Todd Kelly Jr. — 12:15 p.m.

Charles Mosley — TBA

Tuesday night: Final preview of signing day

Barring surprises, only two players have announcements that could alter the Vols’ class, which effectively dropped to 33 prospects when linebacker Jerome Dews of Potomac High School in Oxon Hill, Md., announced on Twitter Tuesday night that he would attend prep school at Atlanta Sports Academy.

Defensive end Cory Thomas of McCalla, Ala., verbally committed to Tennessee, but has since taken visits to Mississippi State and Clemson. The Tigers seem to have a slight edge, although Thomas told News Sentinel partner 247Sports that he was torn “50-50.”

Defensive tackle Michael Sawyers of Ensworth High in Nashville, a longtime Vanderbilt commitment who reopened his recruitment in the wake of coach James Franklin’s departure to Penn State, will pick between Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss. Most give the Vols a slight edge, as Sawyers visited Knoxville over the weekend.

Both players will unveil their final selections on Wednesday, although neither has specified a time.

Other teams have made runs at UT commitments — including defensive lineman Dewayne Hendrix and running back Treyvon Paulk — but no defections are expected.

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Comments » 26

jakethevolguy writes:

Scout shows that the Berry twins have signed. What's up with GVX? They list at total of 29 singees at this time.

goddardd#664660 (staff) writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

Scout shows that the Berry twins have signed. What's up with GVX? They list at total of 29 singees at this time.

While it certainly appears likely that they will, UT has not announced it yet, nor have they added their names to the "newcomers" list.

Since we're going by the official tally, and they aren't officially in yet, we haven't added them to the list just yet.

On the overall number (of 29), the number we are listing is who has signed today. The number other sites have also includes Jucos and midterm guys.

jakethevolguy writes:

Cory Thomas signs with Mississippi State

goddardd#664660 (staff) writes:

Of course, the second I say that they make it official.

underthehill writes:

in response to goddardd#664660:

While it certainly appears likely that they will, UT has not announced it yet, nor have they added their names to the "newcomers" list.

Since we're going by the official tally, and they aren't officially in yet, we haven't added them to the list just yet.

On the overall number (of 29), the number we are listing is who has signed today. The number other sites have also includes Jucos and midterm guys.

UT sports war room has 35 on the board..

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to goddardd#664660:

Of course, the second I say that they make it official.

LOL I hear ya! Any more additions expected that haven't committed yet?

goddardd#664660 (staff) writes:

Keep in mind, a lot of the guys on UT's board are preferred walk-ons. They don't (technically speaking) count toward a signing day number.

The ones we have listed are the scholarship guys, i.e., the "official numbers."

underthehill writes:

in response to goddardd#664660:

Keep in mind, a lot of the guys on UT's board are preferred walk-ons. They don't (technically speaking) count toward a signing day number.

The ones we have listed are the scholarship guys, i.e., the "official numbers."

Who are the preferred walk ons..

Caneoverthere writes:

Very Nice - Congrats Butch and Vols!

TommyJack writes:

Good work. Now if we could just get rid of the stinkin gray unis.

fannotsheep writes:

I counted 15 four-star signees. That is something to build on, and now we find out what Jones and his staff can accomplish with all those bricks.

Best day for Tennessee football in a long, long time!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to fannotsheep:

I counted 15 four-star signees. That is something to build on, and now we find out what Jones and his staff can accomplish with all those bricks.

Best day for Tennessee football in a long, long time!

Yep, that is not at all a bad-looking bunch. I was pleasantly surprised to see so many good prospects for both lines. The Vols will need at least two or three on both lines to be ready to play EARLY, WELL, and OFTEN. Good job, Butch!

jakethevolguy writes:

in response to fannotsheep:

I counted 15 four-star signees. That is something to build on, and now we find out what Jones and his staff can accomplish with all those bricks.

Best day for Tennessee football in a long, long time!

+1 I'm excited to see what they can do. One more class like this and we will be back to elite status competing for championships.

SewaneeVolFan writes:

Love the class, but not only am I greedy, I'm confused -- did Cory Thomas sign with the Vols or not?

johndavid writes:

in response to jakethevolguy:

Cory Thomas signs with Mississippi State

They show we signed him. 18 signees are right with him counted but rivals has him with MSU and you do what's up? You would think we would have an article on him by now.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Why did they fill the class with 3 NR players that were not even offered by any other schools. The Durden kid doesn't look like much of a get and the other two are total unknowns?ESPN just reported all three NR's were signed by UT after losing three 3*'s in Dews, Brown and Thomas.
This really hurt the final rankings on average and total points. They have UT falling closer to 10 when it is all over with these signees.
Any explanation?

JSmith525 writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Why did they fill the class with 3 NR players that were not even offered by any other schools. The Durden kid doesn't look like much of a get and the other two are total unknowns?ESPN just reported all three NR's were signed by UT after losing three 3*'s in Dews, Brown and Thomas.
This really hurt the final rankings on average and total points. They have UT falling closer to 10 when it is all over with these signees.
Any explanation?

Coach just wanted to give you something to cry about. I'll have a talk with him and make sure he checks with you before he does anything like that again.

Way to go Coach Jones and company. Awesome class. UT is on the rise to the top. Personally I can't wait until next year! :)

johndavid writes:

How can GoVols mess up the numbers and names on signing day? 18 isn't that high. I didn't realize govols would be the wrong place to look to see if we got the only real question mark of the day. If we have 18 who is the other guy, its not Thomas!

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Coach just wanted to give you something to cry about. I'll have a talk with him and make sure he checks with you before he does anything like that again.

Way to go Coach Jones and company. Awesome class. UT is on the rise to the top. Personally I can't wait until next year! :)

Not crying Bud, just asking a question of the incompetent GoVolsXtra staff that still has Thomas on the list, (signed with MSU,) instead of Durden an NR unknown player, maybe he is an unnoticed surefire superstar? Make sure you wipe off your nose first before you in your make believe world talk to Coach!

wilk58 writes:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Why did they fill the class with 3 NR players that were not even offered by any other schools. The Durden kid doesn't look like much of a get and the other two are total unknowns?ESPN just reported all three NR's were signed by UT after losing three 3*'s in Dews, Brown and Thomas.
This really hurt the final rankings on average and total points. They have UT falling closer to 10 when it is all over with these signees.
Any explanation?

Does it matter if they are 5 or 10. Results on the field right. Iam figuring CBJ knows what he is doing.

fannotsheep writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Good work. Now if we could just get rid of the stinkin gray unis.

If we can beat Spurrier every time I don't care if the jerseys are purple and pink polka dots. Besides, gray uniforms were good enough for some ol' southern boys about 150 years ago.

johndavid writes:

I'm surprised they are not even correcting their errors, maybe I should not be. Does Thomas know he signed with TN?

fannotsheep writes:

in response to johndavid:

I'm surprised they are not even correcting their errors, maybe I should not be. Does Thomas know he signed with TN?

Technology is rapidly changing our world, and among the casualties are the large, professional news-gathering staffs at your local newspapers and TV stations. Sure you can get information from many sources and, quite often, for free. But when it comes to accurately updated local content, you get exactly what you pay for.

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

in response to wilk58:

Does it matter if they are 5 or 10. Results on the field right. Iam figuring CBJ knows what he is doing.

I concur. However as a paid subscriber it would be nice if they would publish the official list from UT and report on the players.
While ESPN is reporting the three NR players it may be incorrect except for Durden who is listed on UT Sports as a NR rated player. Maybe he will be a superstar in the class, I hope so.
The rankings are only important as a PR and marketing value.
If Florida and Georgia pass UT after being in the 3/4 position it would hurt the perception of the class.
Also, if there was a problem with numbers why sign players that were not even recruited by other schools instead of holding a couple of open slots.
These are legitimate questions that this paper and 24/7 have not addressed.
Not to mention Dewes, Brown and Thomas are gone.

broleb44#1437447 writes:

Gosh chicken little guys and gals, you along with the "experts" at espn, puk, must realize the nr players are walk ons. There is too much clutter on the kns site, but they are trying.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

in response to JSmith525:

Coach just wanted to give you something to cry about. I'll have a talk with him and make sure he checks with you before he does anything like that again.

Way to go Coach Jones and company. Awesome class. UT is on the rise to the top. Personally I can't wait until next year! :)

I have to agree with you but personally I can't wait until next year is gone, and I don't mean 2015 !!!!

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