Recruiting Woes

This weekend was about Lane Kiffin swinging for the fences, trying to bring in some big name players to add to a recruiting class that’s had its fare share of setbacks since the coaching change.

With a slew of top notch recruits coming to visit, it looked like we would at least get a few verbal commits, right?

Umm.. not so much.

Let’s do the bad news first:

  • UT commit Aubrey Phillips (OL) had this to say after visiting Auburn this weekend: “I’m still committed to Tennessee, but on Signing Day there will be a change. My Auburn visit went good. I got a chance to hang out with the players and meet the coaches and really liked it.”
  • TE Zaccheus Mason has become the second Tennessee target to pledge his commitment to Ole Miss.
  • Linebacker Robert Nelson, who said he would sign with the Vols if offered a scholarship during his official visit this weekend, didn’t commit to the Vols. As of right now, it’s unsure if Nelson didn’t receive an offer, or turned down the Vols scholarship.
  • Nu’Keese Richardson, the small but speedy WR out of Pahokee (Fla.) High School, reaffirmed his commitment to Florida after visiting Tennessee this weekend, saying, “I’m still 100 percent committed to Florida.”
  • Unsurprisingly, DE Jarrett Brown committed to the Sooners during his official visit this weekend. Brown told the Knoxville News Sentinel last week that he would likely sign with Oklahoma during his visit.
  • Easily the worst news of the weekend comes in the form of David Oku declaring that he might wait to sign his letter of intent until after National Signing Day. This comes on the heels of Oku’s visit to Auburn this past weekend, and shows that the number one rated all purpose back might be rethinking his commitment.
  • Marcus Hall seemed to be the one bright spot for the Vols this weekend, with the offensive lineman saying he was very impressed with what UT had to offer, especially the coaching staff. That good news didn’t last for long, though, as Hall pledged his commitment to Ohio State about an hour ago.
  • And to top it all off, Marlon Brown still has no idea what he’s going to do.

Now, on to the good news:

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~ by drewbd on 02.02.2009.

2 Responses to “Recruiting Woes”

  1. […] Recruiting Update- Ole Miss, Tennessee, Bama, Auburn, Georgia Jump to Comments Tennessee had everybody and their brother, sister, mama, and daddy to Knoxville this weekend including a few prospects like Tana Patrick, Marlon Brown, Orson Charles, and others.  The Vols […]

  2. […] TE Zaccheus Mason has become the second Tennessee target to pledge his commitment to Ole Miss . Linebacker Robert Nelson, who said he would sign with the Vols if offered a scholarship during his official visit this weekend, didn’t commit …Continue Reading […]

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