Kudos to Kiffin and Company. They’ve been swinging for the fences, and it’s starting to pay off.
It looks as if they have secured another player in 3-star linebacker Robert Nelson out of Stone Mountain, Ga. Nelson was quoted as saying that if there was a scholarship offered this weekend during his official visit, he would accept. And it seems that new linebackers coach Lance Thompson, who had formed a relationship with Nelson while at Alabama, was very influential in getting this young man on board:
[Coach Thompson] knows what I can do. I wouldn’t have to go in and form a relationship with a new coach who hasn’t really seen me a whole lot.
In other news, after seemingly losing out on4-star WR Patrick Patterson, the Vols have rebounded by adding three more recruits on to this weekend’s list of visitors:
Nu’Keese Richardson, WR
- Pahokee, Fla.
- Pahokee High School
- Rivals Top 100 Ranking: 68
- ESPN 150 Rank: 112
- Scouts Grade: 81
Richardson, currently a solid-verbal to Florida, has decided to pay a visit to UT to see what the program has to offer. His visit comes as much of a surprise as Tennessee is not listed on Rivals or ESPN as a school of interest for this talented 4-star wideout. At under 6’0, he doesn’t really fit the mold of the wide receivers who have excelled under Kiffin, but his 4.45 speed and his ability to create plays after the catch should more than make up for it.
Terrance Coleman, DT
- Mobile, Ala.
- Williamson High School
- Rivals Position Rank: 48
- ESPN Position Rank: 16 (DE)
- Scouts Grade: 80
Coleman is currently a soft-verbal to Auburn, but wanted to visit UT, saying, “Things might change, but right now I like Auburn.” Coleman is noted as an explosive player, but one whose size (6’1, 245 lb.) might keep him from playing on the inside in college. But we all know how Monte likes his defensive linemen, small and quick… and with his 4.8 speed, Coleman seems to fit this mold.
D.D. Jones, DT
- Bastrop, La.
- Bastrop High School
- Rivals Position Rank: 25
- ESPN Position Rank: 60 (DE)
- Scouts Grade: 77
A soft-verbal to Michigan, Jones has already visited the Wolverines, Arkansas and Auburn this month and has now added the Vols to the mix. Bigger and a bit slower than Coleman, Jones uses his hands well but has shown inconsistency at getting off the line fast. At 6’4 and 305 lb., he can still fit the mold for what Monte is after, especially considering his ability to close in quickly when making a tackle.
With the addition of these three players, the official visitor list for this weekend has taken shape (Courtesy of GoVolsXtra):
Prospect Pos. Size Hometown/School
Orson Charles TE 6-3, 230 Tampa, Fla./Plant
Terrance Coleman DT 6-1, 244 Mobile, Ala./Williamson
Marlon Brown WR 6-5, 205 Memphis/Harding Academy
Jonathan Evans LB 6-0, 205 Prichard, Ala./Blount
Marcus Hall OL 6-5, 290 Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville
D.D. Jones DT 6-3, 260 Bastrop, La./Bastrop
Kendall Kelly WR 6-4, 210 Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden City
Eddie Lacy RB 5-11, 210 Dutchtown, La./Geismar
Sam Montgomery DE 6-4, 230 Greenwood (S.C.) High School
Brandon Moore OL 6-5, 315 Montgomery, Ala./Carver
Robert Nelson LB 6-0, 205 Stone Mountain, Ga./Stone Mountain
Tana Patrick LB 6-3, 215 Stevenson, Ala./North Jackson
Nu’ Keese Richardson WR 5-9, 151 Pahokee, Fla./Pahokee