Tennessee Volunteers Land Virginia Beach Star Justin Hunter

Michael ShibleySenior Analyst IJanuary 21, 2010

Tennessee has been able to land some really great players from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

A few Tennessee Volunteer legends you might have heard of from the Tidewater area include: Jerod Askew (who redshirted this year but I think will be a great linebacker), Jerod Mayo (2008 AP Defensive Rookie of the Year for the New England Patriots), Todd Kelly (1992 Team Captain and All-SEC player), Frank Emanuel (1965 All-American and 2004 College Football Hall of Fame inductee), Ed Beard, C.J. Fayton, Mark Adams, and Steve DeLong (two-time All-American in 1963-64 and 1964 Outland Trophy Winner ).

Another top player from Hampton Roads is heading to Rocky Top, from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Justin Hunter. Hunter originally committed to LSU last spring, but has recently changed his mind and is headed to Knoxville.

Hunter, who is listed at 6'4", 185 pounds has great hands, which I got to see firsthand last fall. I was announcing at Kellam (my old high school) when Ocean Lakes came to play this past fall and Hunter led Ocean Lakes to a win with eight catches for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

This is a big addition for Tennessee's 2010 recruiting class and a strong start for new head coach, Derek Dooley. Hunter said he felt much more comfortable with coach Dooley than with the recently departured head coach, Lane Kiffin.

It is also a win for the Tennessee track team. Hunter is one of the nation's best in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump.

While I will always cheer for a Vols player no matter where he is from, it is great to have another player from my hometown on Rocky Top.