Volunteers bulking up on recruits

As the 2001-2002 College football season comes to an end, the only thing now left to do is recruit. That's exactly what the Tennessee Volunteers are wasting no time at as they have already had 15 verbal commitments including signing defensive back Jason Allen.
   Allen, a mid-year graduate out of Muscle Shoals High School in Alabama, was eligible to play in this year's Citrus Bowl against LSU but the coaching staff didn't want to pressure him into a role too early.
   Also a wide receiver and running back, Allen has put up a 40 time of 4.45 seconds and stands at 6'1", 200 lbs. Other schools that were interested in Allen were LSU, Georgia and Alabama. In his senior season he rushed for 1,740 yards and 21 touchdowns.
   Other top prospects that have intentions to play for the Volunteers next year are Gerald Riggs Jr., Heath Benedict, Rob Smith, Cody Douglas, Mondre Dickerson, Justin Harrell and Jonathan Wade.
   Riggs, a 6'0", 220 pound running back out of Chattanooga will be a major plus for the Vols next season as he brings a strong family heritage to the table. Trying to follow in his father's footsteps of making it to the NFL, Riggs Jr. totaled 2,434 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns to make him one of the top running backs in the country.
   Other schools interested in Riggs Jr. are LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Auburn and Florida.
   Benedict, one of the top lineman in the country, has been the most pursued recruits among top 25 schools. Playing both defensive and offensive line, Benedict (6'6", 285 lbs.) who graduated from Highstown High in South Carolina has also been looked at by South Carolina, Miami (Fl.) and Nebraska.
   Other high recruits are Smith (6'5", 290 lbs.), who is also a lineman out of Kentucky and Douglas (6'4", 310 lbs.) from Texas. Smith and Douglas will add depth and size to an already big Tennessee line. Other considerations Smith considered were Clemson, Penn State and Nebraska while Douglas, who decommited from Texas A&M, has also been looked at by Michigan, Oklahoma, LSU and Florida.
   For the defensive line Dickerson (6'4", 270 lbs.) and Hall (6'4", 245 lbs.) bring will bring quickness and speed to the front helping Tennessee's run defense and pass rush. Also look for Hall to maybe practice some at tight-end to give Tennessee more depth.
   Speaking of the tight-end position, coach Fulmer has also gotten verbal commitments from Leon Pinky (6'4", 260 lbs.) and Justin Harrell (6'4", 280 lbs.) while Harrell may spend some time on the defensive line also.
   At wide receiver Jonathan Wade (5'11" 175 lbs.) is one of the top recruits in the southeast and will bring speed to replace Kelley Washington who left early to enter the NFL draft.
   Overall Tennessee has excelled in recruiting to prepare for next year's run for the National Championship.