Wednesday, September 12, 2012
High-profile visitors head to Knoxville
By Dave Hooker
Tennessee will host several visitors for Saturday's game against Florida. Most will be unofficial visits. One of the headliners is clearly Derrick Green, the four-star tailback from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage High School, who'll be taking his first official visit.
Green is scheduled to visit Michigan in October. He has also said he'll visit Auburn and is considering Oregon, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.
Here are some other prospects scheduled to be in Knoxville this weekend:
S Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Richland): The ESPN 150 prospect is down to Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee. He would be a huge get for any school, but the Vols are particularly needy in the defensive backfield. Bell is rated the nation's 60th overall prospect in the ESPN 150, the fifth best safety and the sixth best prospect in Georgia.
DL Jason Carr (Memphis, Tenn./White Station): Carr, a three-star prospect, has been committed to Tennessee since July but he has admitted he is looking around. LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are some of the schools in the hunt.
DB Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy): Ramsey has been committed to USC since July. There has been talk that the ESPN 150 prospect might be interested in Florida, but he hasn't confirmed that. Saturday could be important in determining whether the four-star prospect decides to change course. The Vols seem to be a long shot, as Ramsey has expressed more interest in Vanderbilt. He is scheduled to take an official visit Sept. 21 to Florida.
ATH Jalen Reeves-Maybin (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast): He committed to Tennessee in August. He picked the Vols over Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Louisville and Georgia Tech and seems like a solid commitment.
RB Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) -- The one-time Georgia commitment has long said he was seriously considering Tennessee partly because the Vols need help at tailback. Tennessee seems serious about playing Henry at tailback even though some recruiters have him tabbed as a linebacker. The four-star prospect is rated the 48th-best prospect in the nation. This is to be his official visit to Tennessee.
S Kameron Miles (Mesquite, Texas./West Mesquite) -- Miles committed to Tennessee in May over several offers, namely from Big 12 schools. Miles is rated the 251st best prospect in the country. This is scheduled to be his official visit to Tennessee.
WR Marquez North (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) -- It's hard to figure just what North is thinking in recruiting. The ESPN 150 prospect has played the process close to the vest. Tennessee's recent success with big receivers could only help the Vols as they try to land the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect.
RB A.J. Turman (Orlando, Fla./Boone) -- It's hard to imagine the Vols ranking Turman ahead of Green and Henry. Yet he might not be as far down the list as some think. The ESPN 300 prospect has scholarship offers from several top schools, including Florida State, Georgia, Miami and Notre Dame. If the Vols lose out on Green and Henry, the 6-foot, 198-pound Turman is a more than viable option.
OLB Corey Vereen (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) -- Vereen committed to Tennessee in March over Florida State, Clemson and several other schools. Clearly, beating the Gators, who didn't offer Vereen a scholarship, would make an impression on Vereen and other prospects from the Sunshine State. This is scheduled to be his official visit to Tennessee.
CB Brian Walker (Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek) -- Walker has long been committed to to North Carolina since March. He's certainly a top prospect for the Tar Heels. The ESPN 150 is rated the third-best recruit in the state and the 112th prospect overall. If the four-star prospect decides against North Carolina, which is facing off-field issues that could warrant NCAA intervention, he'll have plenty of options, including Tennessee, which has placed a high priority on defensive backs.
LB Dominic Zanca-McDonald (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Lake Brantley) -- Credit the Vols for securing an early commitment from Zanca-McDonald before several schools were aware of him. He also had a scholarship offer from Purdue and interest from other schools.
RecruitingNation writers Corey Long and Kipp Adams contributed to this report.