Weekend Recruiting Nuggets
Tennessee Football has at least 2 visitors on campus this weekend. 5-star RB and Rivals.com’s overall #1 prospect Bryce Brown was on campus beginning Friday afternoon. Brown was hosted by junior DE Chris Walker, who has a history of being a great host/recruiter for his football team. In a recent interview with Rivals.com it seemed like Brown wasn’t too optimistic about the Vol’s current roster…
” … I don’t think that Tennessee has enough players to be successful at what they’re trying to do.”
Obviously, the fact that Brown is on campus shows that Head Coach Lane Kiffin has at least intrigued Brown’s interest in what Tennessee has to offer, but at this point, I feel a Tennessee commit is a long-shot. If Tennessee does miss out on Bryce Brown, look for David Oku to quickly sign his name on a letter of intent to Tennessee.
Also expected on campus on Sunday is 2010 QB Jake Heaps. Heaps is projected as one of the top QB’s in the class on 2010 and someone who the Vols are going after hard. Lane Kiffin’s ties to the west coast and the fact that former Vol QB Casey Clausen helps coach Heaps only seems to help the Vols chances in this one. Getting a prospect to come all the way from Washington on his family’s own dime (as this is an unofficial visit) shows the interest is mutual. Heaps has said repeatedly said he wants to commit early and be done with the recruiting process, but don’t look for Heaps to commit this weekend. He still wants to take more visits and at least point I see the University of Washington being our stiffest competition for Heaps.
As for Kwame Geathers….. a late visitor this past week as Tennessee in the thick of things for this 2009 OL. He is a big body at a need position and Tennessee would be happy to have him, but not terribly hurt if they didn’t. Word is that Georgia recently retracted their offer for Geathers because they were out of room for this recruiting class. That doesn’t mean they couldn’t make room for Geathers down the line, but Georgia seems to be putting all of their eggs in the Orson Charles basket at this point, thus the pulled offer for Geathers. Tennessee seems to be in good shape in this one, so look for Geathers to make his choice sometime in the upcoming week.
Speaking of Orson Charles, he is down to Tennessee, USC, Georgia, and Florida after officially eliminating Florida State last week. The 4-star WR/TE will be officially visiting USC on Feb. 20 and will make his decision sometime after that. Georgia seems to be in the best shape for Charles and having his high school quarterback Aaron Murray already signed and enrolled at Georgia certainly doesn’t hurt their chances. Look for Charles to give the nod to Georgia as he seems like a long-shot at best for Tennessee.
More info coming on Monday regarding a few JUCO guards the Basketball Vols are going after for the 2009 recruiting class…..stay tuned