Tennessee Vols Football Recruiting: Pillage and Plunder for the Prize

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IJanuary 9, 2010

It's been a whirlwind day for sure. Not many of us saw Pete Carroll's impending return to the NFL happening now.

Of course, this is a golden opportunity for recruiting vultures to pillage and plunder USC's No. 9-rated recruiting class.

If ever there was a recruiting vulture, it's Lane Kiffin.

Hey, it's legal until those kids sign on the dotted line, so I say have at it.

Over the past week, however, it has not mattered whether a coach was leaving a program or not. The Vols have been quite busy in recruiting news since the end of the Chick-Fil-A Bowl a week ago.

So much for that dead period, huh?

In the last week the Vols have offered one North Georgia standout, QB Nash Nance (a Vanderbilt commit), and his teammate five-star WR Da'Rick Rogers (a Georgia commit) will take an official visit to Knoxville this month.

Rogers is the No. 2 WR prospect in the country.

Staying in North Georgia, the Vols continue to pursue Dalton four-star DE Jalen Fields, another Georgia commit, who according to some close to the situation, can be turned.

Perhaps the biggest news of all came Friday night when Baylor commit Ahmad Dixon, a five star free safety from Waco, Texas, switched to the Vols. Dixon, 6'2, 200 pounds, is ranked as the No. 3 safety and 49th overall prospect in the country by Scout.com.

With the sudden news of Pete Carroll, some big time prospects could be re-thinking their commitments to Southern California.

One major recruit that Tennessee and USC went head-to-head for was QB Jesse Scroggins. Although some have said he and his family are pretty well intent on his staying close to his Lakewood, Calif., home, the door is obviously back open on this tremendous talent.

Five-star WR Kyle Prater committed to USC in September over a veritable who's who of programs in college football. Among others to offer were Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan, Alabama, and Oklahoma.

He recently told reporters that his in-home visit from Carroll was one of his major reasons for committing to the Trojans. According to rivals.com, he had no comment on the Carroll situation today.

Prater is playing in the US Army All-American Bowl on January 9, so I'm certain he has not heard the last question regarding his commitment to the Trojans.

The Vols are in need of more offensive-line depth in this signing class as well.

The No. 4 Offensive Line recruit in the nation, Chaz Green, from Tampa, Fla., is said to be favoring Tennessee over Florida, Ohio State, and USC.

Four-star O-line recruit John Cullen is also said to be favoring Tennessee. Offensive line prospect Arie Koudandjio from Maryland is also set to visit Tennessee five days before signing day.

With '09 Freshman All-American, Aaron Douglas returning and '09 top-5 Offensive Line signee Jerquari Schofield getting his shot, the Vols look to turn the o-line into a position of strength for years to come.

The Vols also consider Army All-American WR Markeith Ambles, No. 7 WR prospect in the nation, as a solid commitment.

Less than a month before signing day, February 3, Vols fans have plenty to be excited about in this upcoming class. The Carroll situation has just added fuel to the fire.

After more than a year of following Lane Kiffin and his recruiting strategy, I'm certain that he does not need a "situation" to capitalize.

He does a remarkable job as a recruiting vulture on his own.

More power to him.


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