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Recruiting Board rough draft

This is a way early, way rough draft of potential recruiting targets (ARGH! Recruiting rears it's ugly head: I'm referring to high school kids as targets!) for Tennessee's class of 2008. Right now it only includes current Tennessee commitments and players from the Rivals 100 with Tennessee listed as a school of interest. It's the first installment of what I hope to make regular recruiting coverage, refer to the CFAJ 6 Maxims of recruiting coverage for questions. This list and information will expand and deepen as time and availability allows ... in other words, it's a work in progress.

In the future, I plan to break the list up into separate tables by position, a al Brian's Michigan recruiting board at MGoBlog, just because I like to steal his ideas, which is pretty much what I've done with this whole thing, anyway.

You'll notice that guys who have committed elsewhere but had UT in their list are in this table; I considered tracking guys like that to see who Tennessee ended up missing out on, but decided against it because I believe recruiting is about who you get, not who you don't get. So those guys will be removed in the future. Tennessee committs are highlighted in gray (orange was just too much).

A starting place: 2008 Rivals Top 100 w/UT interest and current UT commits
Name From Pos. Ht./Wt. Schools Notes
Braden
Hanson
Charlotte (NC) Latin QB 6-6/200 Ala, Aub, UGa, Mizzou, NC St., NC, ND, Pitt, Tenn, Vandy, UVa QB not a priority, but his name reminds me of Ned Braden and the Hanson Brothers from Slapshot, so I like him.
Josh
Haden
Fort Washington (MD)
Friendly
RB 5-7/190 Fla, BC, OSU, VPI, Ill, MD, NC, Tenn UF lean, BC, OSU, VPI in mix
Richard
Samuel
Cartersville (GA)
Cass
RB 6-0/197 UGa, (Aub, Clem, Fla, Tenn) Bulldog for a while now
Tauren
Poole
Toccoa (GA)
Stephens County
RB 5-10/194 Tenn, (Aub, Clem, GT, UGa) UT commit since Oct. '06($)
Ben
Bartholomew
Nashville (TN)
MBA
RB 6-3/225 Tenn Legacy, see also Will and Sam Bartholomew
DeAndre
Brown
Ocean Springs (MS)
Ocean Springs
WR 6-6/208 Ala, Aub, Fla, LSU, Mia, Miss, MS St, S. Carol, Tenn Top player in MS likes LSU, Fla, Aub, FSU, S. Carol
Chris
Tolliver
Rayville (LA)
Rayville
WR 6-1/180 Ala, Fla, FSU, UGa, LSU, Tenn Has offers from every SEC school but Vandy. Guess he's not quite up to 'Dore standards.
Aaron
Douglas
Maryville (TN)
Maryville
TE 6-6/245 Tenn, (Miss) Another legacy: Dad, uncle played for UT, mom played for Summitt; also led Maryville to 3A basketball title.
Stephen
Good
Paris (TX)
Paris
OL 6-5/290 Okla, (Uga, Neb, ND, Tenn, TX, TAMU, UCLA) Need linemen in this class, but this one's going to OkU.
Gregory
Shaw
Miami (FL)
Pace
OL 6-6/285 Fla, FSU, GT, L'ville, Mia, NC, OSU, Tenn, UCF, WVa Need linemen in this class, but this one's "anxious to visit($)" OSU.
Ryan
Williams
Manassas (VA)
Stonewall Jackson
Ath 5-10/192 Clem, MD, Mia, ND, Pitt, Tenn, UVa, VPI Doesn't talk about recruiting. One of those kids.
JT
Floyd
Greenville (SC) Ath 5-11/176 Tenn, (FSU, ND, VPI, S. Carol.) UT commit, but did attend S. Carol,'s junior day
DaQuan
Bowers
Bamberg (SC)
Bamberg-Ehrhardt
DT 6-4/267 Clem, (Fla, FSU, UGa, OSU, Penn St, S. Carol, Tenn, VPI) Solid to Clemson. Who needs huge, fast, dominating d-linemen, anyway?
Stacey
McGee
Muskogee (OK) DT 6-5/280 Ark, KU, ND, Okla, OK St, Tenn, TX Tech As a Haggard fan, an Okie from Muskogee is high on my list, but he's said to like OkU.
DeAngelo Tyson Statesboro (GA)
Statesboro
DT 6-2/276 UGa, (Aub, Clem, Fla, GT, S. Carol, Tenn) UGa commit, see also Bowers.
Robert
Quinn
North Charleston (SC)
Fort Dorchester
DE 6-5/245 Aub, Clem, Fla, MD, NC, S. Carol, Tenn, VPI Been to S. Carol's and Aub's JR day, will be at O/W game, holds lots of offers. I promise not to call him "Quinn the Eskimo."
Shayne
Hale
Monroeville (PA)
Gateway
LB 6-3/218 Fla, Mich, NC, ND, OSU, Penn St, Pitt, Tenn, UVa Has offers($) from 25 schools.
Marlon
Walls
Memphis (TN)
Wooddale
LB 6-3/213 Aub, Fla, Miss, Tenn Doesn't sound like he'll stay in state.
Austin
Johnson
Hickory (NC) LB 6-3/235 Tenn, (NC, Aub, Colo, UGa, GT, N.C. St.) Vol commit since last fall
T.J.
Bryant
Tallahassee (FL)
Lincoln
DB 6-0/175 Ala, Aub, Clem, Fla, FSU, UGa, LSU, Mia, ND, Okla, USC, Tenn Hard to get a kid out of Tallahassee if FSU wants him. He's a track star, too.
Boubacar
Cissoko
Detroit (MI) Cass Tech DB 5-9/170 Mich, (Iowa, Mich St, OSU, Penn St, Tenn) Solid to Mich, which is good b/c I won't have to learn how to pronounce his name.
Patrick
Johnson
Pompano Beach (FL)
Ely
DB 6-0/180 Clem, Fla, FSU, UGa, OSU, Miss, S. Carol, Tenn Was erroneously reported to have signed with Mia, then removed from the story. Oh, the fun of recruiting.

Any recruitniks out there, feel free to comment on any of these kids, but please do not share info that isn't public knowledge, ie, stuff that is written in premium articles on subscription sites. Also, suggestions on kids who should be added as I expand the list (or corrections on the info I have here) would be great.

One more thing: what do y'all see as the biggest positions of need for this class? I think we gotta get some offensive linemen. D-tackles are always nice, too. QBs are fun to follow, but I don't think it's a need right now. What do you think?