Dec. 18, 2013
KNOXVILLE - It's national JUCO signing day and Butch Jones has officially announced the addition of some new VFLs to Rocky Top.
R-Junior Wide Receiver 6-3 185
Newport News, Va./Denbigh/Feather River (Calif.) College
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 4 overall prospect, No. 2 wide receiver, No. 2 prospect in California)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 2 overall prospect, No. 2 wide receiver)
Coach Zach Azzanni on Pearson: "Von was as productive of a player as there was in all of junior college football this past season. He brings instant help as a threat on the outside to our offense."
At Feather River College
Starred at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., for coach J.D. Johnson
Offensive MVP of the Mid-Empire Conference
Named First Team All-Conference in the Mid-Empire Conference in 2012 and 2013
Posted national-leading 93 receptions for 1,601 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013
Had more than 200 receiving yards in a game on five occasions, including single-game totals of 311, 237, 235, 222 and 201
Racked up career-best and school records with 311 receiving yards on 19 receptions with three touchdowns vs. Sierra (9/14/13)
Holds or shares every Feather River receiving record, including single-season receptions (93), career receptions (132), single-season receiving yards (1,601), career receiving yards (2,358), single-season touchdowns (12) and career touchdowns (22)
In 2012, had 39 catches for 757 yards and 10 touchdowns
At Denbigh High School
Played at Denbigh High School in Newport News, Va., for coach Tracy Harrod, graduating in 2010
Earned First Team All-Peninsula honors as a receiver and second-team as a defensive back in his senior year
Named Daily Press Offensive All-Star as a senior in 2009
Led area receivers with 50 receptions for 880 yards and seven touchdowns
Honored with All-District accolades in 2009
Played basketball with the Patriots
Full name: LaVon Terrell Pearson
Born: June 23, 1991
Son of Jessie Lewis
R-Junior Defensive Line 6-2 285
Macon, Ga./Westside/Butler (Kansas) C.C.
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 17 defensive tackle, No. 18 prospect in Kansas)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 40 overall prospect, No. 12 defensive tackle)
Coach Steve Stripling on Williams: "Owen is very active and plays with a high motor. He has outstanding strength and uses his hands very well. His activity and play making abilities helped Butler CC to successful season and Owen had a great performance in their bowl game."
At Butler C.C.
Two-year starter at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas for coach Troy Morrell
Second Team NJCAA All-American in 2013
2013 First Team All-Conference in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
Helped Grizzlies to 2013 Graphic Edge Bowl, making nine tackles in the game
Led conference in sacks with 7.0 for 50 yards, as part of team-best 15.5 TFLs in 2013
Piled up 48 tackles and forced a fumble in 2013
Helped Grizzlies to 2012 KJCCC regular-season and playoff championships
Racked up 49 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2012
Also forced two fumbles and recovered one in 2012
At Westside High School
Lettered at Westside High School in Macon Ga., for coach Sheddrick Risper
All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Associated in Class AAAA as a junior totaling 86 tackles and 15 sacks
First Team All-Region 2-AAA, First Team All-Bibb County and Second Team All-Middle as a senior
Georgia Macon Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week for Oct. 8, 2010 after posting 15 tackles and three sacks in a win
Played in GACA North-South All-Star Football Classic
Seminoles compiled a 31-6 record in his three varsity seasons
Originally signed with Georgia Southern in 2011
Full Name: Owen Vidal Williams III
Born: Sept. 29, 1991
Son of Shawn and Owen Williams Jr.
Junior Offensive Line 6-8 300
Anniston, Ala./Anniston/Garden City (Kansas) C.C.
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 8 JUCO prospect, No. 4 offensive tackle, No. 2 prospect in Kansas)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 26 JUCO prospect, No. 6 offensive tackle)
Coach Don Mahoney on Blair: "Dontavius has a tremendous attitude and high character. He is very mature and experienced having played two seasons in junior college. He is a perfect fit for what we are looking for as a tackle."
At Garden City C.C.
Two-year starter at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, playing for Matt Miller
2013 First Team All-Conference in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
Played in the Football Capital Bowl of Kansas in 2013
Played and started all 17 games in his junior college career
Helped Broncbusters to 2012 KJCCC Semifinals
At Anniston High School
Four-year starter at Anniston High School in Alabama for coach Eddie Bullock
First Team Class 4A All-State as a senior
Helped pave the way for the state's leading rusher (Troymaine Pope), who gained 2,539 yards and scored 31 touchdowns
Graded out 93 percent on the offensive line
Started 50 career games on the offensive line
Posted more than 200 pancake blocks in his prep career
Also played basketball and averaged 9.5 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior
Full Name: Dontavius Q. Blair
Born: Oct. 25, 1993
Son of Kim Blair and Lorenzo Swink