Feb. 8, 2007
The University of Tennessee claimed the No. 3 and No. 5 spots by Rivals.com and Scout.com, respectively, on its list of top recruiting classes. Coach Phillip Fulmer and his Volunteers filled their needs and got some super prospects in the process.
"The Vols are back near the top in recruiting with a great haul," said Jamie Newberg, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst. "They cleaned up at running back and wide receiver and got some great ones on defense like defensive end Ben Martin, linebacker Chris Donald and cornerback Eric Berry."
The Vols loaded up at running back and wide receiver with Lennon Creer, Savion Frazier, Daryl Vereen, Dennis Rogan, Brent Vinson, Kenny O'Neal, Ahmad Paige, Gerald Jones, Todd Campbell, Tyler Maples, Darnius Moore, Anthony Anderson, Josh Hawkins and Kevin Cooper.
UT is also bringing on one offensive tackle in Darris Sawtelle and quarterback in B.J. Coleman.
On the other side of the ball the Volunteers are looking very good with standouts like defensive ends Rufus Williams and Ben Martin, defensive tackles Rolando Melancon and Donald Langley, linebackers Chris Donald and Chris Walker, defensive tackles Dashaun Barnes, Eric Berry, and Art Evans.
For full list of team rankings, visit Scout.com and Rivals.com.
The Southeastern Conference, which had five schools in the top seven and seven in the top 25, was led by Florida, followed by LSU, USC and No. 4 Texas, per Scout.com's automated recruiting team rankings. Rounding out the top 10 are Auburn, South Carolina, Oregon, Pittsburgh and Michigan.
The SEC placed seven schools in the top 10 according to Rivals.com. They were Florida, USC, Tennessee, LSU, Texas, South Carolina, Auburn, Notre Dame, Georgia and Alabama.