KNOXVILLE TN - SEPTEMBER 18: Coach Derek Dooley of the Tennessee Volunteers watches his team in action against the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium on September 18 2010 in Knoxville Tennessee. Florida won 31-17. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Tennessee Football Recruiting: Derrick Henry, Derrick Green Visiting

With ESPN's College Gameday in town, the Volunteers welcome an impressive list of visitors for the Florida game.

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Who's visiting Tennessee this weekend?

The Tennessee Volunteers will be hosting several prominent recruits, particularly the uncommitted Vonn Bell.


Will Vonn Bell end up at Tennessee?

Vonn Bell isn't committed to a college just yet, but Alabama appears to be the favorite. Butch Jones and the Volunteers are trying to convince Bell that his future lies in Knoxville.


Jason Carr says no to Alabama, will stick with Ten

A major win for Tennessee on the recruiting trail.


Tennessee hosting huge recruit this weekend

The Vols will pull out all the stops to try to flip Auburn commit Carl Lawson, but he's not the only important player visiting Knoxville this weekend.


Tennessee Football Recruiting: Derrick Henry, Derrick Green Visiting As Vols Host Gators

What a huge weekend Tennessee has planned on Rocky Top. Florida is coming to town. ESPN's College Gameday will be there. It's been a long time since the Volunteers have played a game of this magnitude.

So it makes sense that Tennessee would try to have top recruits visit when the 100,000+ are at their loudest.

And as Brad Shepard of Rocky Top reports, it looks like the Volunteers have succeeded, as top running back recruits Derrick Henry and Derrick Green will both be in Knoxville this weekend.

Henry, a former Georgia commitment, is still heavily considering the Dawgs, as well as Alabama. Out of Yulee (Fla.) High School, Henry is an enormous back at 6'4 and 240 pounds. There are real questions about his ability to play running back in college, as opposed to changing positions. The school that can best convince him that he will be able to stay at running back could have the best shot. And Tennessee has been firm in that stance. Getting Henry up for a visit, particularly on a weekend of this magnitude is a big deal.

There are no questions about Green's ability to stay at running back in college. Out of the storied Richmond (Va.) Hermitage program, Green is a power runner at 6'0 and 218 pounds. He is also seriously considering Auburn and Michigan. Tennessee will have to roll out the red carpet to join those two programs. But Tennessee does have one thing on its side: distance. Knoxville is much closer to Richmond than is Auburn or Ann Arbor.

For a complete list of visitors headed to Knoxville, make sure to read Brad's full article.

And be sure to bookmark Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk for great, free recruiting coverage.


Tennessee Adds QB, LB And DT Recruits; Looking For Teammates

Tennessee football recruiting has been busy of late and SB Nation's Rocky Top Talk has it covered. In the past week, the Volunteers have added quarterback recruit Riley Ferguson, outside linebacker prospect Zach Barnes and JUCO defensive tackle Ben Bradley.

Ferguson is highly rated by ESPN, which labels him as a top-200 prospect. Barnes is rather unheralded at this point, and it is still a bit early for junior college ratings to debut for a player such as Bradley. All three players are at a position of need for the Volunteers, who now have 12 verbal commitments in the class of 2013. RTT has a ridiculous amount of information on these three prospects at the link provided above.

Perhaps the most interesting read at Rocky Top Talk, however, is 'Tennessee Targeting Teammates For 2013', penned in early June by Brad Shepard, one of the best recruiting writers in the SB Nation network. In it, Shepard discusses the concept of package deals, and highlights six potential combinations for the Volunteers to recruit this season.

One such combination is Mackensie and Mackenro Alexander, brothers on the Immokalee (Fla.) High squad. Mackensie committed to Tennessee earlier in the year site unseen, and later backed out.

Here's a snippet:

Next up, the Vols leveraged themselves quite nicely for the services of several top-shelf junior college prospects with the hiring of Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to be their new defensive assistant under Sal Sunseri. Staley -- who didn't hurt matters last year in the recruitment of Hutchinson five-star wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson -- is working with outside linebackers, and UT has already secured one of his products at Hutch in speedy defensive end/outside linebacker De'Vondre Campbell. Campbell is another player off the radar a bit because of a redshirt last season, but he is a guy UT sees as a pass-rushing specialist in the mold of former Vols commitment and West Virginia standout Bruce Irvin, who was selected in the first round of the NFL draft this year. If Campbell can be half that good, he'll be a steal.

But Campbell isn't the only Blue Dragon with whom the Vols have positioned themselves well. A pair of monster defensive tackles with big-time offer sheets reside in Kansas, and UT is sitting pretty with them both right now. Toby Johnson has actually mentioned the Vols as his leader before over teams such as Southern Cal, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Nebraska. the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder is perhaps the Vols' top target at the position. But according to an article this week by 247's Ryan Callahan, Johnson's teammate and buddy Ben Bradley -- who has offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, Georgia and UT, among others -- is also high on the Vols and intends on checking out Tennessee with Johnson. The 6-3, 310-pounder is also a former high school teammate of Vols wide receiver commitment Jason Croom at Norcross (Ga.) HS. If UT can secure those two guys in the middle, it will be a huge junior college coup.

But Staley hasn't only helped with Patterson, Campbell, Johnson and Bradley, he also coached Arizona Western College safety/cornerback Khambrel Garland at Hutch last year. Garland is visiting UT this week and is said to favor the Vols after receiving an offer from them recently. He also has been offered by Baylor, Arkansas, Indiana and Oklahoma State.

For more on Vols football, visit Tennessee blog Rocky Top Talk, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.


Tennessee Football Recruiting: Vols Must Win To Again Recruit At Elite Level

SB Nation's offseason football recruiting series continues with a look at Tennessee from Vols expert Brad Shepard of Rocky Top Talk.

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