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2007 TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SIGNEES



Feb. 7, 2007

Coach Phillip Fulmer's Comments on Tennessee's 2007 Signing Class

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"We are excited about our 2007 class of new Volunteers. Our recruiting efforts paid off for us as we did well in-state, as we filled most of our needs by position, held firm with our commitments and closed well at the end.

"Gerald Harrison and Scott Altizer, from the recruiting organization stand point, did a great job and Matt Luke as the recruiting coordinator did a great job as well. The energy and enthusiasm of our new staff, to team recruit and get prospects on campus was outstanding. There were many long days and nights and lots of miles traveled, but once we got them to campus our players and program sold itself.

"We have five from this class already on campus and I look forward to summer school when the rest of them join our team and start meshing into our program."

Signing Day Notebook
Complete 2007 Tennessee Football Signees List and Bios in PDF Format
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Position Breakdown:
QB: 1 (B.J. Coleman)
RB: 5 (Kevin Cooper, Lennon Creer, Josh Hawkins, Dennis Rogan, Daryl Vereen)
WR: 3 (Todd Campbell, Kenny O'Neal, Ahmad Paige)
OL: 2 (Cody Pope, Darris Sawtelle)
DL: 6 (William Brimfield, Cory Hall, Donald Langley, Ben Martin, Rolando Melancon, Rae Sykes)
LB: 3 (Chris Donald, Chris Walker, Rufus Williams)
DB: 4 (Dashaun Barnes, C.J. Fleming, Nevin McKenzie, DeAngelo Willingham)
ATH: 8 (Anthony Anderson, Eric Berry, Art Evans, Savion Frazier, Gerald Jones,
Tyler Maples, Denarius Moore, Brent Vinson)

By State:
California: 2
Florida: 3
Georgia: 1
Louisiana: 2
Maryland: 1
Michigan: 1
North Carolina: 1
Ohio: 1
Oklahoma: 1
South Carolina: 2
Tennessee: 11
Texas: 3
Virginia: 3

Notes:
  • Eric Berry, Chris Donald and Ben Martin bring the Volunteer total to 68 PARADE All-America signees. Chris Donald makes the 35th All-USA signee in Tennessee history as named by USA Today. USA Today began naming its All-America team in 1982, while PARADE's team debuted in 1963.
  • Tennessee has five signees who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and an additional signee, Rolando Melancon, who was invited to play in the game.
  • The Vols signed three Gatorade Players of the Year from their respective states -- Georgia's Eric Berry, Ohio's Ben Martin and Oklahoma's Gerald Jones -- more than any other school.
  • UT CONNECTIONS: Eric Berry's father, James Berry (1978-81), was a three-year starter, four-year letterman and 1981 team captain for the Vols. Darris Sawtelle's grandfather, Darris McCord (1952-54) was a captain and All-America tackle at Tennessee and played 13 years as a member of the Detroit Lions.
  • Kenny O'Neal is the son of former NFL tight end Kenny O'Neal Sr., who played for the New Orleans Saints.
  • Today's signing class includes prospects from 13 different states, the most since 2002 when the Vols had representatives from 14 states. In Phillip Fulmer's 13 recruiting classes, UT has had signees from at least 10 states nine different times. The most states represented were 15 in 2000.

Signed and Currently Enrolled - Jan. 2007 (5)



Todd Campbell



Art Evans



Donald Langley



Cody Pope



Darris Sawtelle
WR
6-0, 180
Franklin
(Franklin)
ATH
6-1, 185
Lakeland, Fla.
(Victory Christian Academy)
DT
6-2, 295
Germantown, Md.
(Seneca Valley)
OL
6-5, 270
San Diego, Calif.
(Cathedral Catholic)
OL
6-6, 295
Birmingham, Mich.
(Brother Rice)
National Signing Day - Feb. 2007 (27)



Anthony Anderson



Dashaun Barnes



Eric Berry



William Brimfield



B.J. Coleman
ATH
6-0, 175
Knoxville
(Austin East)
DB
6-2, 195
Tallahassee, Fla.
(Lincoln)
ATH
5-11, 195
Fairburn, Ga.
(Creekside)
DL
6-6, 300
Neeses, S.C.
(Hunter-Kinard-Tyler)
QB
6-4, 180
Chattanooga
(McCallie)




Kevin Cooper



Lennon Creer



Chris Donald



C.J. Fleming



Savion Frazier
FB
6-1, 240
Chattanooga
(The Baylor School)
RB
6-1, 202
Tatum, Texas
(Tatum)
LB
6-2, 220
Huntingdon
(Huntingdon)
DB
5-10, 165
Highland Springs, Va.
(Highland Springs)
ATH
6-1, 225
Woodbridge, Va.
(Gar-Field)




Cory Hall



Josh Hawkins



Gerald Jones



Tyler Maples



Ben Martin
DL
6-4, 255
Chattanooga
(Brainerd)
RB
6-1, 195
Loudon
(Loudon)
Athlete
6-0, 185
Oklahoma City, Okla.
(Millwood)
ATH
6-2, 190
Maryville
(Maryville)
DL
6-5, 230
Cincinnati, Ohio
(La Salle)




Nevin McKenzie



Rolando Melancon



Denarius Moore



Kenny O'Neal



Ahmad Paige
DB
6-2, 210
San Antonio, Texas
(Trinity Valley CC/
John Jay HS)
DL
6-2, 260
Lutcher, La.
(Lutcher)
ATH
6-0, 185
Tatum, Texas
(Tatum)
WR
6-0, 195
Oakland, Calif.
(City College of San Francisco/
Skyline HS)
WR
6-3, 175
Sterlington, La.
(Sterlington)




Dennis Rogan



Rae Sykes



Daryl Vereen



Brent Vinson



Chris Walker
RB
5-10, 182
Knoxville
(Fulton)
DE
6-4, 240
Alcoa
(Alcoa)
RB
6-1, 205
Huntersville, N.C.
(North Mecklenburg)
ATH
6-2, 190
Hampton, Va.
(Hargrave Military Academy/
Phoebus HS)
LB
6-3, 220
Memphis
(Christian Brothers)




Rufus Williams



DeAngelo Willingham



 



 



 
LB
6-3, 225
Miami, Fla.
(Astronaut)
DB
6-0, 200
Calhoun, S.C.
(College of the Desert [Calif.]/
Calhoun HS)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

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