Jan. 21, 2010
University of Tennessee classes have resumed and eight football student-athletes have gained admittance and will participate in spring practice.
In addition to junior college transfer Matt Simms, the Vols signed seven high school graduates: Tyler Bray, Channing Fugate, Ja'Wuan James, Ted Meline, Corey Miller, Matthew Milton and Jacques Smith. That group brings to 27 the number of high school graduates that have enrolled mid-term for the Volunteers. Last season, Tennessee had two mid-term high school graduates join the squad in January.
The dates for spring drills have not yet been determined by head coach Derek Dooley.
Quarterback, 6-6, 190
Kingsburg, Calif. (Kingsburg)
Honors: Ranked as the No. 7 pro-style quarterback and No. 119 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com ... Rated the No. 18 overall prospect in California by Rivals.com ... Earned No. 25 overall quarterback by Scout.com ... Valley League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior and league Most Valuable Player ... Named sophomore and junior of the year for the Valley League in 2007 and 2008.
Stats: Second on Valley Section career passing list with more than 8,000 yards ... Passed for 3,321 yards as a senior while adding 171 yards on the ground ... As a junior in 2008, threw for 2,411 yards and 26 touchdowns ... As a sophomore in 2007, completed 99 passes for 1,784 yards ... As a freshman in 2006, threw for 1,100 yards.
Misc: Practiced with Vols during mid-December lead in to Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Led Kingsburg to perfect 13-0 season and Valley championship as a senior ... Also a standout on the basketball court while averaging nearly 20 points and nine rebounds as a junior ... Competed in baseball for Kingsburg, finished junior season batting .455 with one home run and 20 RBIs ... Also finished with a 2-1 record on the mound with a 4.94 ERA and 32 strikeouts ... Coach at Kingsburg High School: John Sweeney.
Athlete, 6-2, 225
Jackson, Ky. (Breathitt County)
Honors: Rated as the No. 68 athlete in the nation and No. 3 overall prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com ... Ranked the No. 6 overall fullback by Scout.com.
Stats: Finished senior season with 1,332 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns ... Highlight of 2009 was rushing for 141 yards and four touchdowns to go with one receiving TD against Powell County ... Rushed for 3,052 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior ... During sophomore season, rushed for 1,727 yards and 30 touchdowns ... Added 45 catches that year for 625 yards and five scores.
Misc: Practiced with Vols during mid-December lead in to Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Sparked Breathitt County to a Class AAA state runner-up finish as a junior ... Coach at Breathitt County High School: Mike Holcomb.
Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 290
Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
Honors: Rated as the No. 24 offensive tackle and No. 55 player in the nation by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 11 prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com ... Rated as the No. 13 offensive tackle by Scout.com ... Selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Game ... Named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution Top-50 list as the No. 18 overall player in Georgia.
Misc: Helped lead North Gwinnett to 13-1 mark this season as senior ... Team earned Region 7-5A championship and advanced to state quarterfinals ... Junior season also led to berth in state quarterfinals behind 10-3 finish ... Sophomore campaign of 2007 saw North Gwinnett advance to state championship final with 13-2 record ... Coach at North Gwinnett High School: Bob Sphire.
Wide Receiver, 6-3, 170
Miami, Fla. (North Miami Senior)
Honors: Rated as the No. 42 wide receiver in the nation and No. 43 prospect in Florida by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 73 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com ... Invited to participate in the 2010 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... Earned All-Broward County honors in 2008 for 4-7 team after averaging 18 yards per catch.
Stats: Appeared in only five games as senior for North Miami Senior High School ... Finished with 487 receiving yards and 32.2 per catch ... Also averaged 15 yards per rushing attempt while battling injuries.
Misc: Played junior season at Westlake in Davie, Fla. ... Coach at North Miami Senior High School: Leonard Graham.
Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 230
Wellford, S.C. (Byrnes)
Honors: Ranked as the No. 3 weakside defensive end and No. 66 overall prospect in that nation by Rivals.com ... Rated as the No. 2 prospect in South Carolina by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 10 overall defensive end by Scout.com ... Selected to play in the U.S. Army All-America Game ... Participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas as senior ... Named Class 4A All-State first-team as a senior ... Received All-Area, All-Region and second-team All-State honors as a junior ... Named USA Today Pre-Season All-America as a senior.
Stats: As a senior, totaled 146 tackles and 18 sacks ...Tallied 119 tackles, 19 tackles-for-loss, 34 quarterback hurries and eight sacks as a junior ... Totaled 109 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore ... Finished four-year career with 388 total tackles and 38 sacks.
Misc: Helped lead Byrnes to state championships during his sophomore and junior seasons with a combined overall record of 29-1 ... Team advanced to state runner-up finish his senior season and 13-2 record ... Also played basketball during freshman and sophomore seasons ... Coach at Byrnes High School: Chris Miller.
Wide Receiver, 6-6, 200
Mascoutah, Ill. (Mascoutah)
Honors: Rated as the No. 6 prospect in Illinois and No. 45 overall wide receiver by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 20 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com ... Shared Small-School Football Player of the Year honors from Belleville (Ill.) News-Democrat ...
Stats: Finished senior season rushing for 1,309 yards and 20 touchdowns, while catching 14 passes for 232 yards ... In addition to his receiving duties, also took direct snaps in Wildcat position ... On his first play at the position, rushed 76 yards for a touchdown against Waterloo ... Finished that game with 267 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries, scoring on runs of 76, 67 and 36 ... Also rushed for 240 yards and three touchdowns against Triad and 226 yards and three TDs against Civic Memorial ... In playoff loss to Rochester, rolled up 182 yards rushing with three TDs, including 67-yard run and 97-yard kickoff return ... Caught 40 passes as a junior for 797 yards and nine touchdowns.
Misc: Practiced with Vols during mid-December lead in to Chick-fil-A Bowl ... Coach at Mascoutah High School: Scott Battas.
Quarterback, 6-3, 215
Franklin Lake, N.J. (El Camino C.C.)
Honors: Ranked as eighth-best player in New Jersey out of Don Bosco Prep School ... Participated in U.S. Army All-American Bowl, completing 4-of-7 passes for 30 yards ... First team All-State by Associated Press as junior.
Stats: Played in 10 games this season for El Camino, completing 159-of-269 (59.1 percent) passes for 2,204 yards with 17 touchdowns against only 12 interceptions ... Helped El Camino to fourth consecutive league title ... Played the 2008 season at Louisville, appearing in two games and completing 4-of-10 passes for 39 yards with an interception ... During his three-year career as starter at Don Bosco Prep, passed for more than 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns ... Threw for more than 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns as senior in leading Don Bosco to state title and perfect 12-0 record ... Threw for 118 yards and TD in state championship win over St. Peter's ... Threw for 2,744 yards and 30 touchdowns during junior season as Don Bosco advanced to state title game ... As sophomore, led team to 11-1 record and trip to finals of New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 playoffs.
Misc: Son of former Super Bowl-champion quarterback Phil Simms and the younger brother of Chris Simms, who currently plays for the Denver Broncos ... Coach at Don Bosco Prep School: Greg Toal. Coach at El Camino Community College: John Featherstone.
Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 235
Honors: Chattanooga Times Free Press 2009 Best of Preps City Defensive Player of the Year ... Knoxville News Sentinel's No. 1-rated prospect in Tennessee ... No. 1 prospect in Tennessee, No. 5 overall weakside defensive end in the nation and No. 67 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com ... Ranked as the No. 8 defensive end in the nation and 36th-best overall prospect by Scout.com ... Participated in the 2010 U.S. Army All-America Bowl ... Named first-team All-State and Class AAA lineman of the year in Tennessee as a senior and junior ... Named to USA Today All-USA first team ... Two-time All-Region and Region 2 Defensive Player of the Year.
Stats: 79 tackles, 21 tackles-for-loss, 9.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior ... Tallied 80 tackles, 28 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks as a junior.
Coach at Ooltewah High School: Benny Monroe.