Tennessee Volunteers Football: Wide Receiver University Is Back

Joel BarkerSenior Writer IMarch 10, 2011

Vols receiver Justin Hunter
Vols receiver Justin Hunter

When 6'4'' track athlete/wide receiver Justin Hunter signed on the dotted line to attend the University of Tennessee, the whispers began.

After 6'3'' speedster Da'Rick Rogers joined the team, those whispers became loud cheers.

The return of Wide Receiver University in Knoxville, Tennessee had begun in earnest. 

Tennessee's long and proud tradition of developing some of the greatest receivers in college football history now seems destined to continue under Derek Dooley.

Last year's signing class included Rogers, Hunter and 6'5'', 220-pound Matt Milton. All three bring something different to the table.

Rogers, 2010's No. 2 Wide Receiver prospect in the nation according to Rivals.com, is a speed demon who ran for over 100 yards in a handful of wide receiver rushes in 2010.

Hunter, whose seven receiving touchdowns in 2010 was second only to Denarius Moore, is a freakishly gifted athlete who happens to be really good at football.

Milton, who spent much of his freshman season on the bench due to overwhelming depth at wide receiver, provides a gigantic target in much the same way that former Vol receiver and current Buffalo Bills tight end David Martin did in the early 2000s. 

Hunter, Rogers and Milton have more than enough potential to join names like Stanley Morgan, Willie Gault, Alvin Harper, Anthony Miller, Carl Pickens, Joey Kent, Marcus Nash, Donte Stallworth, Peerless Price and Robert Meachem.

Add to that list of talented sophomores the incoming freshman duo of DeAnthony Arnett and Vincent Dallas.

Arnett, the Michigan native, was rated in the top 100 prospects by Rivals.com, ESPN, and the Sporting News. The 6'0'' athlete also lettered in football, basketball and track & field. 

Dallas is another incredible athlete who starred on one of the fastest high school relay teams in the nation in 2009.

Sure, right now it's mostly potential, but given the track record of Tennessee's emerging wide receiver corps and strong armed sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray, that potential could be exceeded sooner rather than later.