Vol Football Announces 2013 Signing Class

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A.J. BRANISEL

Freshman • Tight End • 6-4 • 225

South Euclid, Ohio (Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH MARK ELDER ON A.J. BRANISEL

“A.J. is a very athletic tight end, who plays with toughness. He can be a playmaker when he gets the ball in his hands. A.J. is very smart and competitive.”

 

AT NOTRE DAME-CATHEDRAL LATIN SCHOOL

• Coached by Byron Morgan at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 29 overall tight end, No. 46 overall prospect in Ohio)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 43 overall tight end, No. 54 overall prospect in Ohio)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 18 overall tight end, No. 49 overall prospect in Ohio)

• Rated three-star by Scout (No. 48 overall tight end)

• Earned first team all-district, all-conference and all-Ohio honors as a junior in 2011

• Also was an honorable mention all-district and second team all-conference selection in 2010

• Helped the Lions reach the Division III playoffs during his senior season, making 27 catches for 402 yards and seven touchdowns

• Recorded 35 receptions for 536 yards and six touchdowns as a junior

• That followed a sophomore campaign in which he had 17 catches for 411 yards and two touchdowns

 

 

MALIK BROWN

Freshman • Defensive Line • 6-4 • 235

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (Dwyer)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 2-star

 

COACH STEVE STRIPLING ON MALIK BROWN

“Malik is an intelligent player. He is very skilled and athletic. He has gained 40 pounds since the summer, which has helped his game.”

 

AT DWYER HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Wayne Blair at Dwyer High School

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 90 prospect in Florida and No. 26 at his position in the country)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 136 prospect in Florida, No. 63 defensive end ranked No. 136 in his region)

• Rated two-star by Scout (No. 128 defensive end)

• High school teammate of current Vol Curt Maggitt

• Finished his senior season with 62 tackles and 16 sacks helping his team to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the Class 7A regional semifinals

• The Dwyer defense held its opponents to just 6.83 points and 113 yards per game, both the best in the area.

• Voted Mr. Gametime as the Palm Beach Post’s fans choice for Preseason Player of the year

 

 

JASON CARR

Freshman • Defensive Line • 6-5 • 260

Memphis, Tenn. (White Station)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 4-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 4-star

Scout: 4-star

 

COACH STEVE STRIPLING ON JASON CARR

“Jason is big and physical. He possesses leadership skills and has been loyal to Tennessee throughout. He visited several times and stayed committed to this day.”

 

AT WHITE STATION HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Devin Rutherford at White Station High School

• Rated four-star by Rivals (No. 13 overall defensive end, No. 6 overall prospect in Tennessee, No. 170 overall prospect in the nation)

• Rated four-star by 247Sports (No. 10 overall strongside defensive end, No. 3 overall prospect in Tennessee, No. 117 overall prospect nationally)

• Rated four-star by Scout (No. 24 overall defensive end)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 53 overall defensive end, No. 14 overall prospect in Tennessee)

• Earned all-district honors as a senior after recording 10 sacks

• Also claimed a spot on the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State Team

• Named to the 2012 MaxPreps Tennessee Preseason All-State Team

• Notched 16 sacks and had 68 tackles while leading the Spartans to the third round of the playoffs during his junior season

 

 

JOSHUA DOBBS

Freshman • Quarterback • 6-3 • 190

Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 4-star

ESPN: 4-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 4-star

 

COACH MIKE BAJAKIAN ON JOSHUA DOBBS

“Joshua is highly intelligent and makes great decisions. You can see him work through progressions on video and get to check downs. He can make all the throws — short, intermediate and long. Joshua has really good size and field vision.”

 

AT ALPHARETTA HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Jason Dukes at Alpharetta High School

• Rated four-star by 247Sports (No. 10 prospect in Georgia, No. 8 pro-style quarterback and No. 107 in the Top247 national prospects)

• Rated four-star by ESPN (No. 21 prospect in Georgia, No. 4 dual threat quarterback and in the ESPN 300 as the No. 177 player in the country)

• Rated four-star by Scout (No. 12 quarterback)

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 46 prospect in Georgia, No. 20 pro-style quarterback)

• In his senior season at Alpharetta, threw for 3,625 yards and 29 touchdowns while rushing for 419 yards and 10 touchdowns.

• Finished his junior season 294-of-392 for 3,113 passing yards and 29 touchdowns, also rushing for 200 yards and two touchdowns.

• 2012 Elite 11 finalist

• Earned Honorable Mention All-State, First Team All-County, First Team All-Region, Second Team All-Area, First Team All-Conference, Alpharetta H.S. Offensive MVP,  and AHS Scholar Athlete honors in his senior season.

• Named the Georgia Rising Senior Bowl Offensive MVP after throwing for 237 yards, rushing for 56 yards and accounting for three touchdowns in the game.

• Also a star baseball player at Alpharetta with offers to play college baseball

• Would like to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering

 

 

RILEY FERGUSON

Freshman • Quarterback • 6-3 • 180

Matthews, N.C. (Butler)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 4-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH MIKE BAJAKIAN ON RILEY FERGUSON

“Riley is highly competitive. He lost only two games during his entire prep career. He can make every throw on the field. The ball just explodes off Riley’s hand. He is a true winner and has that ‘it’ factor.”

 

AT BUTLER HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Brian Hales at Butler High School

• Rated four-star by ESPN (No. 16 overall quarterback, No. 6 overall prospect in North Carolina, No. 212 overall prospect in the nation)

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 23 overall quarterback, No. 19 overall prospect in North Carolina)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 30 overall pro-style quarterback, No. 20 overall prospect in North Carolina)

• Rated three-star by Scout (No. 42 overall quarterback)

• Led the Bulldogs to state titles in 2010 and 2012, earning championship game MVP honors during his senior season after throwing for 301 yards and five touchdowns

• Finished his final prep campaign with 2,173 yards passing and 25 touchdowns in nine games

• Completed 66 percent of his passes (184-of-279) for 3,345 yards and 48 touchdowns as a junior

• Also threw for 2,600 yards and 21 scores during his sophomore season

• Participated in the 2012 Elite 11 finals in Redondo Beach, Calif.

• Was a nominee for the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

• Named to the 2011 ESPNHS All-State team

 

 

MALIK FOREMAN

Freshman • Athlete • 5-10 • 175

Kingsport, Tenn. (Dobyns-Bennett)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH WILLIE MARTINEZ ON MALIK FOREMAN

“Malik is a great athlete who can play on both sides of the ball. He is also an outstanding return man who will make contributions in many ways while at Tennessee.”

 

AT DOBYNS-BENNETT HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Graham Clark at Dobyns-Bennett High School.

• Rated three-star Rivals (No. 19 prospect in Tennessee)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 17 prospect in Tennessee, No. 59 athlete in nation)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 33 prospect in Tennessee)

• Named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State Football Team

• Began his senior season as a wide receiver and caught 14 passes for 278 yards and four touchdowns.

• After an injury to the team’s quarterback, moved over to the backfield where he threw for 586 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 1,270 yards and 17 touchdowns (12.3 yards/carry)

• Defensively, recorded a league-best six interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns.

• Credited with eight pass break-ups, seven forced fumbles and five tackles for loss.

• As a returner, averaged 52.5 yards on four punt returns, two for touchdowns, while also averaging 35.8 yards/return on four kick returns including one for a touchdown.

 

 

PAUL HARRIS

Freshman • Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 195

Accokeek, Md. (Frederick Douglass)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 4-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH ZACH AZZANNI ON PAUL HARRIS

“Paul is a gym rat. He has all the physical tools to be a great wide receiver in the SEC. When you add in his tremendous work ethic, Paul can be a great one.”

 

AT FREDERICK DOUGLASS HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by J.C. Pickney at Frederick Douglass High School

• Rated four-star by Rivals: (No. 39 overall wide receiver, No. 7 prospect from Maryland)

• Rated three-star by 247Composite (No. 11 prospect from Maryland, No. 69 wide receiver, No. 497 in nation)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 18 prospect from Maryland)

• Rated three-star by Scout (No. 99 overall wide receiver)

• Was a consensus Maryland All-State selection in 2012 at Frederick Douglass High School in Prince George’s County Maryland

• Hauled in 32 receptions for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns to help lead Douglass to a second-consecutive Class 2A state runner-up finish as a senior

• Kicked a game-winning, 26-yard field goal to give the Eagles a playoff victory over Patuxent

• As a junior, had 39 receptions for 735 yards and 12 touchdowns

• Also named to the 2012 Washington Post All-Met First Team

• Participated in the 2012 Chesapeake Bowl

• Invited to “The Opening,” an all-star prospect camp

• Began his prep career at DeMatha Catholic High School where he played two seasons for Bill McGregor

 

PERSONAL

• Full Name: Paul Jerome Harris

• Born on April 25, 1994

• Son of Tiasha Carter

 

 

RYAN JENKINS

Freshman • Wide Receiver • 5-11 • 180

Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 4-star

ESPN: 4-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH ZACH AZZANNI ON RYAN JENKINS

“Ryan is a sudden and dynamic athlete. He has a mentality to be great. Ryan has the ability to be an inside and outside wide receiver.”

 

AT LASSITER HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Jep Irwin at Lassiter High School.

• Rated four-star recruit by 247Sports (No. 28 wide receiver)

• Rated four-star recruit by ESPN (No. 31 prospect in Georgia, No. 47 wide receiver)

• Rated three-star recruit by Rivals (No. 34 prospect in Georgia, No. 48 wide receiver)

• Invited to “The Opening”, an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus

• Recorded 24 catches for 415 yards and six touchdowns in his senior season at Lassiter High School to a 10-1 record and the No. 1 seed in the 6A Playoffs.

• Father, Lee Jenkins, was a defensive back for the Vols from 1980-82

• His brother, Martin, is a cornerback at Clemson

 

 

LEMOND JOHNSON

Freshman • Athlete • 6-1 • 190

Cooper City, Fla. (Cooper City)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH WILLIE MARTINEZ ON LEMOND JOHNSON

“Lemond is incredibly athletic. He led Cooper City to the school’s first-ever playoff win in school history as a quarterback. We are looking for him to contribute with the Vols.”

 

AT COOPER CITY HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Art Taylor at Cooper City High School

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 88 prospect from Florida)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 51 safety prospect)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 90 prospect from Florida, No. 63 athlete)

• Rated three-star by Scout (No. 170 overall wide receiver)

• Played quarterback, wide receiver and safety at Cooper City High School the last two years

• Began his high school career at Garner Magnet High School in Raleigh, N.C., where he earned all-conference honors as a freshman and sophomore

• Ranked No. 16 on the Miami Herald’s Broward County Top 25 for 2013 list, as well as the Orlando Sun Sentinel’s Palm Beach/Broward Super60

 

PERSONAL

• Full Name: Lemond Tracey Johnson

• First Name Pronounced: LEE-mihnd

• Born: Sept. 11, 1994

• Son of Lemond and Nekeya Johnson

• Father served as defensive backs coach at Cooper City High School

• Brother of Britany, Le’Asia

 

 

RIYAHD JONES

Junior • Defensive Back • 6-0 • 186

Columbus, Ga. (Carver/Georgia Southern/Garden City (Kan.) C.C.)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH WILLIE MARTINEZ ON RIYAHD JONES

“Riyahd has outstanding size for a cornerback. It will benefit him being here as a mid-year enrollee.”

 

AT GARDEN CITY C.C.

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 7 overall junior college cornerback)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 18 junior college CB in the 247Composite for the 2013 class)

• Helped Garden City C.C. of Kansas to a Mississippi Bowl Championship

• Timed at 4.49 seconds in the 40-yard dash

• Recorded 22 tackles and a team-leading five pass breakups in 10 games at Garden City C.C.

 

AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN

• Played in 10 games, including seven starts

• Finished with nine tackles, one pass breakup, and one fumble recovery

• Helped Georgia Southern to a 10-5 record and an NCAA FCS Semifinal game appearance, the first appearance in the semis for the Eagles since 2002

 

AT CARVER HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Del McGee at Carver High School

• Three-star Rivals.com standout that was part of the 13-1 team that went to the semifinals of the GHSA state championships

• As a junior, caught 27 passes for 405 yards and five touchdowns

• Participated in the Georgia National Underclassmen Combine

 

PERSONAL

• Full Name: Riyahd Andre Jones

• First Name Pronounced: Ree-YAHD

• Born: May 4, 1993

• Son of Charles and Billisses

• Brother of Jalen

 

 

BRETT KENDRICK

Freshman • Offensive Line • 6-6 • 312

Knoxville, Tenn. (Christian Academy of Knoxville)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 2-star

 

COACH DON MAHONEY ON BRETT KENDRICK

“Brett has great size and is very athletic up front. He can play both tackle and guard and possesses tremendous toughness.”

 

AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF KNOXVILLE

• Coached by Rusty Bradley at Christian Academy of Knoxville

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 20 overall prospect in Tennessee)

• Helped his team to back-to-back TSSAA Class 3A State Championships in his junior and senior seasons

• In the 2012 state championship game, helped lead CAK to a 608-yard offensive effort

• Earned Class 3A All-State honors in his senior season

• Also a member of the basketball team at CAK

 

 

JABO LEE

Freshman • Running Back • 5-10 • 180

Dillon, S.C. (Dillon)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH JAY GRAHAM ON JABO LEE

“Jabo is a hard-running physical player with excellent vision. He has a great nose for the end zone. He knows what it takes to win as he led his team to the state championship this season.”

 

AT DILLON HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Jackie Hayes at Dillon High School

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 9 prospect in South Carolina, No. 46 running back)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports as an all-purpose back (No. 9 prospect in South Carolina, No. 13 all-purpose back)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 19 prospect in South Carolina, No. 113 at his position)

• Rated three-star by Scout (No. 102 running back in the country)

• 2012 MaxPreps 2012 South Carolina Preseason All-State Team

• Suffered a knee injury in the season opener of his senior season and was limited

• As a junior, led his team to the state finals behind 1,642 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns

• Won the 2011 WPDE Zoneman Award , the first Dillon athlete to do so

• In his freshman and sophomore years helped Dillon to back-to-back state championships, including a 61-yard rushing touchdown in the first state title game his freshman year, a 21-20 victory.

• In his sophomore season, he rushed for 1,540 yards and 20 touchdowns on 184 carries during his team’s championship year.

 

 

JAYLEN MILLER

Freshman • Defensive Line • 6-2 • 265

Gaffney, S.C. (Gaffney)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 4-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH STEVE STRIPLING ON JAYLEN MILLER

“Jaylen is a very competitive person who plays very aggressively. He started all four years while in high school and was very successful in his prep career.”

 

AT GAFFNEY HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Dan Jones at Gaffney High School

• Rated four-star by ESPN (No. 36 overall defensive end, No. 5 overall prospect in South Carolina)

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 13 overall prospect in South Carolina)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 52 overall strongside defensive end, No. 13 overall prospect in South Carolina)

• Rated three-star by Scout (No. 78 overall defensive end)

• Selected to participate in the 2012 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas

• Helped lead the Indians to a 12-3 record and the South Carolina AAAA state championship as a senior

• Recorded 62 tackles, including 10 for a loss, 27 sacks, nine pass breakups and three forced fumbles during his senior campaign

• Tabbed as the 2012 Big 16 Upper State Lineman of the Year

• Also had 56 tackles, 11 TFLs and six sacks as a junior

• Named to the 2012 MaxPreps South Carolina Preseason All-State Team

 

 

MARQUEZ NORTH

Freshman • Wide Receiver • 6-4 • 214

Charlotte, N.C. (Mallard Creek)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 4-star

ESPN: 4-star

Rivals: 4-star

Scout: 4-star

 

COACH ZACH AZZANNI ON MARQUEZ NORTH

“I’m very excited about the addition of MarQuez. He has unlimited potential. MarQuez brings everything you are looking for physically. He is a high character person who wants to be great.”

 

AT MALLARD CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Mike Palmieri at Mallard Creek High School.

• Rated four-star by Rivals (No. 1 prospect in North Carolina, No. 2 wide receiver, No. 37 overall prospect in nation)

• Rated four-star by 247Composite (No. 2 prospect in North Carolina, No. 11 wide receiver and No. 90 overall prospect in nation)

• Rated four-star by ESPN (No. 4 prospect in North Carolina, No. 16 wide receiver and ESPN-150 recruit)

• Rated four-star by Scout (No. 12 wide receiver)

• U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection

• I-Meck 4A Conference Player of the Year

• North Carolina AP All-State

• Picked as North Carolina’s top football player by the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer prior to his senior season

• Accumulated 410 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 18 attempts to go along with 36 catches for 922 yards and 10 touchdowns during his junior season at Mallard Creek High School

• In his senior season tallied 682 rushing yards on 45 attempts for 18 touchdowns while notching 20 receptions for 322 yards and seven touchdowns.

• Won the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics 110-meter hurdles at the age of 12

• Father Ramondo was a football player at North Carolina A&T State who went on to play in the NFL, NFL Europe and the CFL. He took part in the Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003.

 

 

WOODY QUINN

Junior • Tight End • 6-6 • 260

Dana Point, Calif. (St. Margaret’s Episcopal/Pepperdine/California Baptist/Santa Ana College)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

ESPN: 2-star

Rivals: 2-star

 

COACH MARK ELDER ON WOODY QUINN

“Woody is very intelligent and comes to Tennessee with very high character. He is big and athletic, but raw as a football player. This past year was his first on the football field since his freshman year in high school.”

 

PRIOR TO TENNESSEE

• Spent 2012 season at Santa Ana College in California, playing football

• Began his collegiate career at Pepperdine in California, where signed to play volleyball, but redshirted his freshman season

• Transferred to California Baptist University where he played volleyball during the 2012 season before transferring to Santa Ana College in the summer of 2012

 

AT SANTA ANA COLLEGE (CALIF.)

• In one season with the Dons, caught 15 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown

 

AT ST. MARGARET’s EPISCOPAL SCHOOL

• Played one season of football at St. Margaret’s High School in San Juan Capistrano but excelled in volleyball

• Coached in volleyball by Jeremy Daily and Olympian Karch Kiraly at St. Margaret’s where he was the 2010 Division 5 CIF Southern Section Player of the Year

• Also a two-time Academy League MVP, 2010 Division 5 CIF Southern Section Scholar-Athlete of the Year

• Helped lead the Tartans to a CIF championship as a senior.

• His father (Tim) played water polo for UC-Irvine and was later selected onto the USA team

• Brother of Johnny who was an All-American pole vaulter at UCLA

 

 

JALEN REEVES-MAYBIN

Freshman • Athlete • 6-1 • 200

Clarksville, Tenn. (Northeast)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 4-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 4-star

Scout: 4-star

 

COACH WILLIE MARTINEZ ON JALEN REEVES-MAYBIN

“Jalen is a smart and tough player and will be a factor at Tennessee. He has great leadership skills and is very personable.”

 

AT NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Isaac Shelby at Northeast High School

• Rated four-star by Rivals (No. 7 overall prospect in Tennessee, No. 13 overall position ranking)

• Rated four-star by 247Sports (No. 5 prospect in Tennessee, No. 135 overall prospect)

• Rated four-star by Scout (No. 15 overall outside linebacker)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 16 prospect in Tennessee, No. 107 athlete)

• Gained more than 2,000 rushing yards as a senior, including 1,000 yards in three postseason games, with more than 300 yards in each game

• Scored five touchdowns in playoff game against eventual state champion Beech

• All-State on defense in 2012 by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association

• First-team all-state linebacker as a junior

• District offensive player of the year as a junior

• Area player of the year as a junior

• Area offensive player of the year as a sophomore

• Invited to “The Opening”, an all-star summer prospect camp held on the Nike Campus

• Recorded 103 tackles, 1 sack, 10 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries returning one for a TD as a junior while also running for 1,468 yards at 31 touchdowns on 170 attempts and completing 50.9% of his passes for 1,267 yards and 15 touchdowns

 

PERSONAL

• Full Name: Jalen Ahmad Reeves-Maybin

• Born Jan. 31, 1995

• Son of LaDawn Reeves and Marques Maybin

• His father played basketball at Louisville

 

 

AUSTIN SANDERS

Freshman • Offensive Line • 6-5 • 284

Cleveland, Tenn. (Bradley Central)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 4-star

Rivals: 4-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH DON MAHONEY ON AUSTIN SANDERS

“Austin is athletic, as demonstrated by his ability to play all five offensive line positions. He is a very hard worker and exhibits great toughness.”

 

AT BRADLEY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Damon Floyd at Bradley Central High School

• Rated four-star by Rivals (No. 8 prospect in Tennessee, No. 20 offensive tackle)

• Rated four-star by ESPN (No. 8 prospect in Tennessee, No. 24 offensive tackle)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 9 in Tennessee, No. 26 offensive tackle)

• The first commitment of Tennessee’s 2013 class, verbally committed to the Vols prior to his junior season

• Tennessee’s Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year

• District 5-AAA Lineman of the Year

• Named to All-District 5-AAA team

• Helped his team to back-to-back County Championship titles and three consecutive playoff appearances

• One of only two Tennesseans on the East squad in the U.S Marine Corps 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl helping to lead the East to a 17-14 win at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

• Played a big role in the East’s 41-20 victory in the East-West All-Star Classic

 

 

JOSH SMITH

Freshman • Wide Receiver • 6-1 • 180

Knoxville, Tenn. (Christian Academy of Knoxville)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 2-star

 

COACH ZACH AZZANNI ON JOSH SMITH

“Josh understands what it means to be a Vol growing up here in Knoxville. We are excited about his potential. He is a fast and explosive player who understands the game.”

 

AT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY OF KNOXVILLE

• Coached by Rusty Bradley at Christian Academy of Knoxville

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 24 prospect in Tennessee)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 16 prospect in Tennessee)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 27 prospect in Tennessee)

• All-state wide receiver at CAK as a junior and senior

• Named All-District as a sophomore, junior and senior

• Racked up more than 4,000 receiving yards along with 52 receiving touchdowns in prep career

• Also played on defense, returned punts and punted

• As a senior in 2012, hauled in 65 catches for 1,176 yards and 15 touchdowns despite being sidelined early in season with a broken collarbone

• On defense as a senior, made 48 tackles and had one interception

• Named District Offensive MVP as a junior

• In 2011, as a junior, made 96 catches for 1,911 yards (147.0 yards per game) and 22 touchdowns

• Ranked ninth in the nation in total receiving yards with most in the state of Tennessee

• Also had more than 1,000 receiving yards as a sophomore, scoring 15 touchdowns

 

 

CAMERON SUTTON

Freshman • Defensive Back • 6-1 • 170

Jonesboro, Ga. (Jonesboro)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH WILLIE MARTINEZ ON CAMERON SUTTON

“Cameron is an excellent athlete who plays three sports in high school. He makes plays in many areas and is an outstanding returner.”

 

AT JONESBORO HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by De’Timothy Floyd at Jonesboro High School

• Rated three-star by Rivals and Scout (No. 40 cornerback)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 27 athlete, No. 49 prospect in Georgia)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 46 prospect in Georgia, No. 65 wide receiver)

• Played both cornerback and wide receiver as well as returner and punter on special teams at Jonesboro High School in Georgia

• Racked up 1,396 all-purpose yards as a senior receiver and returner for the Cardinals

• Scored 19 touchdowns as a senior

• Named All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in Class AAAA as a senior

• First-team all-county, all-area as a sophomore, junior and senior

• Named to The Score 44 as one of Georgia’s top 44 seniors in 2012

• All-Region second team as a junior

• Named the team’s ‘best newcomer’ as a freshman in 2009

• Also played baseball and basketball for three years

 

 

COREY VEREEN

Freshman • Linebacker • 6-2 • 230

Winter Garden, Fla. (West Orange)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 4-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH TOMMY THIGPEN ON COREY VEREEN

“Corey is an intense and relentless individual. He spent his high school career rushing the passer off the edge. Corey is extremely intelligent and will a lot to our program.”

 

AT WEST ORANGE HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Chip Petree at West Orange High School

• Rated four-star by ESPN (No. 21 overall linebacker)

• Rated three-star by 247Composite (No. 75 prospect in Florida, No. 33 at his position, No. 499 player in nation)

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 61 overall player in the state of Florida)

• Rated three-star by Scout (No. 65 linebacker prospect)

• Recorded 31 sacks over his final two seasons at West Orange High School

• Was named to the Orlando Sun Sentinel’s 2011 All-Central Florida Defensive Team after making 59 tackles, including 14 for a loss, and setting a school-record with 16 sacks during his junior season

• Added 15 more sacks as a senior

• Ranked No. 3 in the Orlando Sun Sentinel’s Central Florida Super60

• Played in the Central Florida All-Star Game and FACA North-South All-Star Game

 

PERSONAL

• Full Name: Corey Allen Vereen

• Born: June 15, 1995

• Son of Danny and Sharon

• Brother of Danny, Brandon and Chris

 

 

DYLAN WIESMAN

Freshman • Offensive Line • 6-3 • 312

Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain)

 

PROSPECT RANKINGS

247Sports: 3-star

ESPN: 3-star

Rivals: 3-star

Scout: 3-star

 

COACH DON MAHONEY ON DYLAN WIESMAN

“Dylan is strong and physical. He has a great work ethic and can be a leader. Dylan is a very smart team player.”

 

AT COLERAIN HIGH SCHOOL

• Coached by Tom Bolden at Colerain High School

• Rated three-star by Rivals (No. 36 offensive guard, No. 47 prospect in Ohio)

• Rated three-star by 247Sports (No. 42 prospect in Ohio, No. 70 offensive tackle)

• Rated three-star by ESPN (No. 37 prospect in Ohio, No. 46 offensive guard)

• Rated three-star by Scout (No. 73 offensive guard)

• Named Associated Press Division I first-team as a senior

• A three-year starter for the Cardinals helping his team to three straight Greater Miami (Ohio) Conference titles

• Compiled a 33-4 overall record and a perfect 21-0 conference record in his three years

• Helped Colerain High School of Cincinnati to a 12-1 record and perfect 7-0 mark in conference play

• First-team all-district and first-team all-Greater Miami Conference as a junior and senior

Courtesy UT Media Relations



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