National Signing Day 2011: Tennessee Coach Derek Dooley Pulls Off a Major Score
With the spring of 2011 drawing nearer, that can only mean one thing: New recruits and spring practices.
After having a horrible season turn around for them, Tennessee made it to a bowl game and has since then made some noise in the offseason with recruiting.
Derek Dooley and his staff have seven four-star recruits coming in like WR DeAnthony Arnett, but who will be the best out of the 2011 recruiting class for the Tennessee Vols?
Lets find out.
WR DeAnthony Arnett From Saginaw, Michigan
WR DeAnthony Arnett is a four-star recruit, who is also ranked as the No. 9 wide receiver in ESPNU 150.
In 2010, he caught 38 passes for 775 yards (20.5 YPC) and also had eight touchdowns. He threw three touchdown passes while rushing for five touchdowns and returning two kickoffs for scores.
Weight: 170 lbs.
He brings quickness, speed and playmaking ability to what is already a good wide receiver group. He is as quick as he is fast. He gets off the line with a great burst, but can also use that quickness for jump balls. He has very reliable hands and will try to make a catch every time. You would like to see him gain some weight, but he is elusive enough to make defenders miss.
Here are his highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9Qir4pxtX4
OL Marcus Jackson From Vero Beach, Florida
OL Marcus Jackson is ranked No. 4 at his position in ESPNU 150. He is also a four-star recruit.
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 295 lbs
He brings the bone-crushing blocking that the Vols lacked at times last year on the offensive line. He has no problem knocking people on their butt, but he also will be more than happy to move around and help stretch block for a running back. He brings quick feet and great lower and upper body strength to go along with great technique. He is also a great blocker while in the second level as a screen blocker.
Here are his highlights: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/player/videos/_/id/101659/marcus-jackson
ILB A.J. Johnson From Gainesville, Georgia
ILB A.J. Johnson is also a four-star recruit, while being ranked No. 5 at his position in the ESPNU 150.
He had 186 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one sack and one interception. He was Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year, while also taking home Region Defensive Player of the Year.
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 225 lbs
He has great instincts as a pass rushing linebacker, but lacks a little bit in pass defense,but with his quick instincts, he should have no problem developing a good pass defense. When he attacks the line of scrimmage, he has the ability to not lose balance or vision of the runner/quarterback. He is very mobile once engaged at the line; he has the ability to swim off or push off of someone to move around them.
Here are his highlights: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/player/videos/_/id/72453/aj-johnson
RB Marlin Lane From Daytona Beach, Florida
RB Marlin Lane is a four-star recruit and is ranked No. 11 at his position in the ESPNU 150.
He is recovering from ACL surgery, so here are is 2009 stats. He rushed for 1,088 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior.
Weight: 200 lbs
He has a body that could fill out to 220 lbs and he would still not lose his quickness or speed. He is not the fastest, or the quickest, but he has a great combination of size and speed seen in a previous running back at Tennessee: Arian Foster. He has some upside as a returner in the return game, but will mainly be a focus at running back. He lacks in some running schemes like the pick and slide running scheme, but should have no problem learning a few different techniques. He will run you over, then with just enough hurt, blow by everyone else.
Here are his highlights: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/player/videos/_/id/99145/marlin-lane
S Patrick Martin From Greenville, South Carolina
S Patrick Martin is a four-star recruit, who is ranked No. 15 at his position.
He recorded 112 tackles, 12 pass breakups, four forced fumbles and two interceptions (one returned for touchdown) in 2009.
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 201 lbs
He brings under the radar all-around ability at the safety position. One of the Vols major concerns were finding the next Eric Berry and they might have found him in Martin. He has adequate height and very good range, while having very fluid hips and also a natural ability to know where the ball is at all times. He is a very solid tackler, along with excellent coverage skills. You wish he was faster and a little bit taller, but he makes up for it in natural ability.
Here are his highlights: http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/player/videos/_/id/83758/patrick-martin