Dec. 16, 2009
The roster for El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., lists Kenbrell Thompkins wearing jersey No. 1 and Matt Simms sporting jersey No. 2. And in that order Tennessee announces the first two members of its 2010 football signing class.
Thompkins comes to UT as a wide receiver originally from Miami. He led El Camino this year with 69 receptions for 1,020 yards and nine touchdowns. Most of those passes came from Simms, who completed 159-of-269 passes for 2,204 yards and 17 touchdowns. Simms, from Franklin Lakes, N.J., is the son of former Super Bowl-champion quarterback Phil Simms and the younger brother of Chris Simms, who currently plays for the Denver Broncos.
Wednesday is the first day this year for junior college prospects to sign with four-year colleges. Spring drills begin for the Vols on March 2.
Quarterback, 6-3, 215
Played in 10 games this season for El Camino, completing 159-of-269 (59.1) passes for 2,204 yards and 17 touchdowns against only 12 interceptions ... Helped school to its fourth consecutive title ... Played the 2008 season at Louisville, appearing in two games and completing 4-of-10 passes for 39 yards with an interception ... Three-year high school starter at quarterback for Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey ... Ranked as the eighth-best player in the state ... Passed for more than 6,000 yards and 60 touchdowns during his career ... 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 a touchdown in state championship win over St. Peter's ... Completed 65 percent of his passes ... Participated in U.S. Army All-American Bowl, completing 4-of-7 passes for 30 yards ... First-team All-State honors by Associated Press as junior ... Threw for 2,744 yards and 30 touchdowns as Don Bosco fell in state final ... As sophomore, led team to an 11-1 record and trip to finals of the New Jersey Non-Public Group 4 playoffs ... Coach at El Camino College: John Featherstone ... Coach at Don Bosco Prep: Greg Toal.
Wide Receiver, 6-2, 182
Just completed a stellar two-year career at El Camino College, combining for 111 receptions, 1,766 yards and 14 touchdowns ... Appeared in all 11 games as sophomore for El Camino, leading the Warriors in catches (69), receiving yards (1,020) and receiving touchdowns (nine) ... Played in 10 games his freshman season, catching 42 passes (team leader had 43) for 746 yards and five touchdowns ... Showed glimpses of future that season by catching eight balls for 141 yards and two scores in win over College of the Desert ... Coach at El Camino College: John Featherstone.