NCF On The Trail: Tennessee recruits react

David Williams cancels Vols official visit 

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The Tennessee commitments are not the only prospects waiting to see what happens with the Volunteers coaching situation in the wake of Derek Dooley's dismissal.

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Courtesy of West Catholic High SchoolESPN 150 running back David Williams cancelled his visit to Tennessee and hopes to visit Ohio State.
Philadelphia Imhotep Charter running back David Williams told ESPN.com he has canceled his official visit to Tennessee. Williams, No. 124 in the ESPN 150 and No. 13 at his position, was scheduled to take an official visit to Tennessee on Nov. 23.

Williams unofficially visited Rocky Top earlier this year and had the Vols among his favorites. Williams would like to visit Ohio State officially for the Michigan game this weekend, but he has yet to talk to the Buckeyes' coaching staff.

Arizona State, which already received an official visit, Nebraska and South Carolina are among the favorites for Williams.

LB E.J. Levenberry will consider Vols 

November, 18, 2012
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A top prospect could soon be in the mix for Tennessee after the school fired head coach Derek Dooley on Sunday.

ESPN 300 linebacker prospect E.J. Levenberry was never a prime target for the Vols after it hired defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri in January. Sunseri, who has long recruited the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md., area, never made the ESPN 300 linebacker a priority, according to the Levenberry family. Depending on who Tennessee hires as its next coach, that could change. If so, the Levenberrys will listen.

"Only other school that he is interested in," Levenberry's father, Eric Levenberry, stated via text message.

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UT pledge Zanca-McDonald talks future 

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Like most verbal commitments for Tennessee, three-star linebacker Dominic Zanca-McDonald (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Lake Brantley) wished things could have worked out better for Derek Dooley. The embattled head coach was dismissed Sunday after a 41-18 loss to in-state rival Vanderbilt.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior says that Dooley deserved a better outcome.

“Coach Dooley was a great coach and he did a lot of positive things in the program that people didn’t see,” Zanca-McDonald said. “He didn’t deserve a lot of the hate he got from the fan base. He was rebuilding the program the right way and he wanted players that would properly represent the university.”

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Toby Johnson talks NU visit, Vols interest 

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Junior college defensive tackle Toby Johnson (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson Community College) recently tore the ACL and PCL in his right knee, but the injury hasn’t stopped him from making the necessary road trips to pick a college. The injury also hasn’t scared away recruiters.

Johnson was one of the visitors in Lincoln, Neb., taking in the Cornhuskers’ win against Minnesota. On an unofficial visit, he and Hutch teammate Ben Bradley, a defensive tackle and Tennessee commit, enjoyed the trip and left Lincoln with a positive perspective.

“At first, I thought we weren’t going down there,” Johnson said. “I didn’t find out until [Saturday morning] that we were still going. It was real good. The game atmosphere was crazy. Walking out the tunnel and greeting fans what something I really liked.”

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LB Corey Vereen sticking with Tennessee 

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Four-star linebacker Corey Vereen (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) wasn’t surprised to hear of the immediate dismissal of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley.

Still, he couldn’t hide his disappointment.

“Coach Dooley is a good family man, just a great man overall,” said Vereen, who committed to Tennessee in March. “He was a guy that I felt good about immediately because he was genuine and honest.

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