Derek Dooley's tenure as Tennessee head coach hasn't been uniformly smooth, but he's bringing the Vols' recruiting efforts in for a nice landing on National Signing Day. Tennessee signed Nashville offensive lineman Antonio Richardson this morning, and our Rocky Top Talk loves Dooley's ability to keep a top in-state prospect in Volunteer orange:
The state of Tennessee isn't always known for having the best high school football talent, but Richardson - at 6'6", 310 lbs - can compete right away at offensive tackle in Knoxville. Tennessee's played four freshmen on the offensive line last year, but with Richardson and several others in this class the Vols will have plenty of depth to get the best five on the field this fall.
After missing out on Marlon Brown and several other highly-touted in-state prospects in the past, the Vols did a great job locking up the best talent in the state this year. Dooley is clearly capable of going outside the borders, as he'll have to do to compete, but it's also nice to get the best players available in the Volunteer State.