Tennessee's Highly Ranked Recruiting Class Based On Size, Speed

Ex-Baylor Star Colton Jumper Among Three Walkons Joining Vols

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - National Signing Day at the University of Tennessee had a bit of a NFL Draft Day feel as Butch Jones met the media for his press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

The feel wasn't just due to the quality of student-athlete that made a formal pledge to attend Tennessee on Wednesday. It was also the way Jones talked about the class meeting needs.

And for the 14 Volunteers that began classes in January, their first introduction to the media involved an NFL Draft staple: The custom jersey presentation.

Another NFL concept, the emphasis on size and speed, was a focus of the Vols' recruiting effort for the signing class of 2014.

"Make no mistake about it, a few months ago I sat up here and told you in order for us to move this program forward, we needed to create depth, we needed to create competition and we needed to improve our overall team speed, our size, our quickness, our explosiveness," Jones said. "I believe we were able to do that."

Two of the areas that needed the most attention in size and speed, not to mention sheer numbers, were defensive line and running back.

"I realized it right off the get go," Jones said of recruiting defensive linemen. "The one thing we needed to improve was size and big bodies, and we also like individuals who are multifaceted, which means they can either play offensive line or defensive line. We know that there is a shortage of big bodies in our football program right now. That was a point of emphasis. To be able to attract the type of individuals that we were able to, it is very pleasing, but now it is up to us to develop them." 

 



Defensive line coach Steve Stripling is looking forward to that challenge of developing this class of Volunteers, but said he was excited about the opportunity his young players would have to make and impact right away.

"We really looked for mature, young men that could come in and contribute a little bit earlier rather than developmental, young men that you say that you spend two years bringing him along," Stripling said. "You look at Derek Barnett, Dewayne Hendrix those are the physical young men that can hopefully get involved."

Tennessee brought in eight newcomers that are expected to begin their careers on the defensive line. Stripling said the large need was both a help and a hindrance on the recruiting trail. He had plenty of playing time to sell, but occasionally had to deal with the questions of a potentially crowded freshman class. In the end, the players that will be a part of Team 118 and beyond wanted to be a part of the competition.

"I think it would be great competition," he said of the selling point for his new linemen. "Last year there was a little of separation, you had the six seniors that were doing the majority of the playing then everybody else. Now I think it is a good blend in the room some older more mature guys and fresh young guys. So it is going to be good competition."

At running back, Jones introduced Jalen Hurd as one of the 14 mid-term enrolees and added that the competition would be further boosted by the two backs that became Vols on Wednesday.

"That was an area of need," Jones said about the Tennessee backfield. "It is good to bring in three individuals like Jalen, Treyvon Paulk, and Derrell Scott. This is a physical league, and you need to play a number of running backs. To be able to bring those three individuals, it brings competition and depth amongst that group, which was obviously critical."

Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, like Jones, is excited about the size and speed added at running back.

"One of our goals was to add depth, competition, size and speed, and we were able to do that, obviously, Bajakian said. "Jalen Hurd comes in at 6'3, 220-plus pounds. He's a big back who has the agility and skill of a smaller back. Treyvon Paulk is 5'8, 195 pounds. He may be a little bit on the shorter side but he plays like a bigger back. He's strong, well built, plays with leverage, can break tackles and can make you miss. Then Darrell Scott is a good compliment to both of those guys, somewhere in between at a 180 pound running back and an all-state performer in the state of North Carolina and very skilled."

Adding the talent was also a credit to the Tennessee fans that packed Neyland Stadium throughout the 2013, which gave this group a look into the power and passion of Vol Nation.

"Our fans are the best in the country and they do such a great job of creating a lot of positive energy and a lot of pride that just reinforces the importance and magnitude of Tennessee football," Jones said. "It is not just in the great state of Tennessee, but nationwide. Every single individual in our signing class was present for game day atmosphere, they were able to take in and feel that positive energy by our fans and our fan base."

: In addition to the scholarship signees that were announced on Wednesday by coach Butch Jones, the Vols said they have brought in three walkons, including former Baylor School linebacker Colton Jumper.

The Vols mention three walkons who signed Wednesday and included is former Baylor School linebacker star Colton Jumper. The ex-Red Raider is a mid-termer, along with running back Chris Beck. The other walkon is defensive back Bryson Durben.

Jumper, a 6-foot-3-inch, 230-pounder, played a post-grad year at the Hun School in Princeton, N.J.

He had 251 tackles, 39 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, two interceptions, caused five fumbles, recovered two fumbles and blocked a field goal during his prep career at Baylor.

Jumper was selected to the Tennessee All-Star Classic in 2012. He was all-state that same year.

Below are the team rankings and profiles of the UT signees:

2014 Class Rankings

Rivals.com

1 -- Alabama
2 -- LSU
3 -- Ohio State
4 -- Florida State
5 -- Tennessee
6 -- Texas A&M
7 -- Georgia
8 -- Florida
9 -- Auburn
10 -- Southern Cal

Scout.com

1 -- Alabama
2 -- LSU
3 -- Florida State
4 -- Tennessee
5 -- Ohio State
6 -- Notre Dame
7 -- Texas A&M
8 -- Auburn
9 -- Florida
10 -- Southern Cal

ESPN

1 -- Alabama
2 -- LSU
3 -- Florida State
4 -- Texas A&M
5 -- Tennessee
6 -- Florida
7 -- Ohio State
8 -- Auburn
9 -- Georgia
10 -- Miami (Fla.)


The Vols' 2014 Class:

Elliott Berry

Freshman • Athlete • 6-0 • 206 
Fairburn, Ga./Creekside 

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 59 outside linebacker, No. 69 prospect in Ga.)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 108 outside linebacker, No. 105 prospect in Ga.)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 32 athlete, No. 45 prospect in Ga.)
Scout: 3-star (No. 125 safety)

Coach Willie Martinez on Berry: "Elliott is a very physical player, he is smart, has great instincts, and showed athleticism on both sides of the ball. He also made a lot of plays this season for the state championship for Creekside High School."

At Creekside:
• Lettered for Creekside High School in Canton, Ga. under coach Olten Downs
• Named one of Reebok's Top 25 Most Dynamic Athletes
• Georgia Class 5A All-State Linebacker in 2013 - Atlanta-Journal Constitution
• Georgia Class 5A All-State Linebacker in 2013 - Associated Press
• City/South Fulton All-Metro First Team
• Selected as a 2011 U.S. Air Force Sophomore Second Team All-American
• Led Creekside to a state championship and undefeated record as a senior

Personal: 
• Full Name: Elliott Lee Berry
• Born: November 4, 1995
• Son of Carol and James Berry
• Twin brother to fellow Vol commit Evan Berry
• Older brother, Eric, was an All-American for Tennessee and is a Pro Bowl safety with the Kansas City Chiefs
• Father, James, played running back for the Vols from 1978-81, rushing for more than 1,700 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns

11:23 a.m.

Evan Berry

Freshman • Defensive Back • 5-11 • 196
Fairburn, Ga./Creekside 

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 28 athlete, No. 24 prospect in Ga.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 37 athlete, No. 26 prospect in Ga.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 22 defensive back, No. 23 prospect in Ga.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 28 defensive back)

Coach Willie Martinez on Berry: "A great all-around athlete that can play multiple positions but he will be an outstanding player for us on defense because of his versatility. Evan can play any position on defense for us in the back end."

At Creekside:
• Lettered at Creekside High School in Canton, Ga., for coach Olten Downs
• Named one of Reebok's Top 25 Most Dynamic Athletes
• Class 5A All-State first team defensive back
• Directed Creekside to an undefeated record and state championship as a defensive back and quarterback
• 2013 Georgia Class 5A 100-meter dash champion

Personal:
• Full Name: Evan Lawrence Berry
• Born: November 4, 1995
• Son of Carol and James Berry
• Twin brother to fellow Vol commit Elliott Berry
• Older brother, Eric, was an All-American for Tennessee and is a Pro Bowl safety with the Kansas City Chiefs
• Father, James, played running back for the Vols from 1978-81, rushing for more than 1,700 yards and scoring 19 touchdowns

11:11 a.m.

Bryson Durden

Freshman • Defensive Back • 5-10 • 170
McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy

Coach Martinez on Durden: "Bryson comes from a great program in Eagles Landing Christian and his athleticism is something. Another all-around athlete. I love his versatility."

At Eagles Landing Christian Academy:
• Lettered at Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga., for coach Jonathan Gess
• Honored as All-Region in 5-A as a senior in 2013
• Named to 2013 Henry Daily Herald All-County Second Team
• Racked up 56 tackles along with two interceptions and two defensive touchdowns
• Helped Chargers to an 11-1 record as a senior in 2013, reaching Georgia private school semifinals
• Won 2012 private school title with the Chargers 
• Starred in track and field

Personal: 
• Full Name: Joseph Bryson Durden
• Born: Aug. 25, 1995
• Son of Mylora and Barry Durden

11:06 a.m.

Joe Henderson

Freshman • Defensive End • 6-3 • 222 
Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 18 weakside defensive end, No. 21 prospect in Ohio)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 44 defensive end, No. 20 prospect in Ohio)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 17 weakside defensive end, No. 15 prospect in Ohio)
Scout: 3-star (No. 74 defensive end)

Coach Steve Stripling on Henderson: "Joe has outstanding quickness and will add length to the defensive front. He has good burst and will develop into an edge presence."

At Shaker Heights:
• Played at Shaker Heights High School in Ohio for head coach Jarvis Gibson
• Participated in The Opening 2013, showcasing the nation's elite prospects
• Named to the Associated Press All-Ohio Second Team in 2013
• Named First Team Northeast Lakes All-District as a senior
• Earned Cleveland First Team All-Star as a senior
• Racked up 14.5 sacks as a senior and finished with 23.5 in his career 
• Made 52 tackles (21 for loss) as a senior in leading Raiders to first playoff berth since 2005
• Forced three fumbles and had seven passes defended in 2013

Personal: 
• Full Name: Joseph Lavelle Henderson
• Born: July 7, 1996
• Son of Joe and Tracy Henderson

10:58 a.m.

Cortez McDowell

Freshman • Defensive Back • 6-1 • 201
Locust Grove, Ga./Locust Grove

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 12 safety, No. 13 prospect in Ga.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 11 safety, No 14 prospect in Ga.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 30 safety, No. 26 prospect in Ga.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 19 safety)

Coach Willie Martinez on McDowell: "Another all-around athlete, I like his athleticism, physicality and also his leadership qualities. I look for physicality in players. He has it."

At Locust Grove:
• Lettered at Locust Grove High School in Locus Grove, Ga., for head coach Clint Satterfield
• Played in 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando 
• Rated No. 1 safety in Georgia
• Georgia Class 4A All-State Defensive Back in 2013 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution
• Georgia Class 4A All-State Defensive Back in 2013 by the Associated Press
• Georgia Sportswriters All-State First Team defensive back as a senior
• Named Atlanta Journal Constitution All-Metro in 2013
• Compiled 92 total tackles including 48 solo tackles in his senior campaign
• Made 56 total tackles, 42 of which were solo tackles in junior season
• Intercepted five passes and forced four fumbles in his prep career
• On offense, had 43 catches for 516 yards with seven receiving touchdowns as a senior
• Also ran for 251 yards in high school, scoring three rushing touchdowns

Personal: 
• Full Name: Cortez D'Angelo McDowell
• Born: April 11, 1996
• Son of Deborah McDowell

10:15

Chris Weatherd

Junior • Linebacker • 6-4 • 225
Carrollton, Texas/Creekview/Trinity Valley C.C.

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 19 overall prospect, No. 1 outside linebacker, No. 1 prospect in Texas)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 29 overall prospect, No. 2 outside linebacker)
Rivals: 4-star
Scout: 4-star

Coach Tommy Thipgen on Weatherd: "Chris is a natural pass rusher that brings a unique trait in rushing the passer. He hasn't stood up before but he will be utilized a lot on third down."

At Trinity Valley C.C.
• Played two seasons at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas for coach Brad Smiley
• Helped Cardinals to Southwest Junior College Football Conference Championship in 2013
• Won the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl with 72-23 victory
• Posted 24 tackles, 4.0 TFLs and two sacks in 2013 
• Played in eight games in 2012 and had one interception

At Creekview:
• Lettered at Creekview High School in Carrolton, Texas for coach Jay Cline
• Made 30 tackles as a senior in 2011, including five sacks, five passes defended and six quarterback hurries
• Also played wide receiver and had two catches, including a touchdown
• Played basketball and averaged 6.9 points and 7.0 rebounds as a senior

Personal:
• Full name: Christopher Cordale Weatherd
• Born on Aug. 1, 1994
• Son of Tina Washington

10:10 a.m.

Michael Sawyers

Freshman • Defensive Lineman • 6-3 • 300
Antioch, Tenn./Ensworth

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 28 defensive tackle, No. 8 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 24 defensive tackle, No. 6 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 16 defensive tackle, No. 7 prospect in Tenn.)
Scout: 3-star (No. 56 defensive tackle)

Coach Steve Stripling on Sawyers: "Michael comes with a winning character after being part of four state championships. He was very effective on both sides of the ball and will be an outstanding defensive tackle. He is physical at point of attack and he has the ability to pursue."

At Ensworth:
• Letterd at Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tenn. for head coach Ricky Bowers
• Finalist for the 2013 DII-AA Mr. Football Lineman Award
• Helped Ensworth to four-straight state championship titles during his career 
• Named the Defensive MVP of the state championship game his senior season finishing the game with 3.5 tackles, 1.5 sacks for 11 yards and a forced fumble
• Member of The Tennessean's Dandy Dozen as one of the top 12 players in the Midstate
• 2013 First Team All-Midstate as defensive lineman
• Racked up 104 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks and a forced fumble during his career at Ensworth
• Tallied 33 tackles, 7 tackles for loss and five sacks as a senior

Personal: 
• Full Name: Michael B. Sawyers
• Born: October 25, 1995
• Son of Latoya Davis

10:06 a.m.

Derek Barnett

Freshman • Defensive End • 6-2 • 284 
Nashville, Tenn./Brentwood Academy

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 12 strong side defensive end, No. 5 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 25 defensive end, No. 6 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 10 defensive end, No. 5 pro¬¬¬spect in Tenn.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 27 defensive end)

Coach Steve Stripling on Barnett: "Derek will be a physical defensive end for the Volunteers. He comes from an outstanding program and is a very good technician. He utilizes his hands well and explosive at the point of attack." 

At Brentwood Academy:
• Lettered at Brentwood Academy, in Brentwood, Tenn. for coach Cody White
• Back-to-back Division 2, Class AA Tennessee Mr. Football winner (2012, 2013) 
• Received All-Midstate honors as a senior
• 2013 TSWA All-State selection
• All-Division II-AA Defensive Line 
• As a senior, recorded 60 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble
• Helped Brentwood Academy Eagles to a 9-4 record and state semifinal berth
• Also had 141 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown and three rushing touchdowns in senior year

Personal: 
• Full Name: Derek Anthony Barnett
• Born: June 25, 1996
• Son of Christine Barnett

9:24 a.m.

Charles Mosley

Freshman • Defensive Lineman/Offensive Lineman • 6-5 • 362
Brighton, Tenn./Brighton

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 27 defensive tackle, No. 7 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 43 defensive tackle, No. 11 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 21 defensive tackle, No. 11 prospect in Tenn.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 27 defensive tackle)

Coach Steve Stripling on Mosley: "Charles has presence and personality. He is a physical lineman on both sides of the ball. Charles has exceptional size combined with athletic ability. He is vocal and will be a leader in the future."

At Brighton:
• Lettered at Brighton High School in Brighton, Tenn. for head coach Will Wolfe
• Selected to play in Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando
• Mr. Football Class AAA Finalist for lineman in 2013
• Invited to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
• 2013 Div. 6A All-State Selection
• Racked up 20 tackles for loss including eight sacks, also forced four fumbles and recovered two fumbles

Personal: 
• Full Name: Charles Deangelo Mosley
• Born: August 26, 1996
• Son of Janey and Jeffrey Mosley
• Shaved "UT Vols" and a checkerboard into his hair to show his commitment to Tennessee

9:11 a.m.

Jashon Robertson

Freshman • Defensive Line/Offensive Line • 6-3 • 306
Nashville, Tenn./Montgomery Bell Academy

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 29 offensive guard, No. 10 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 45 defensive tackle, No. 12 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 13 prospect in Tenn.)
Scout: 3-star (No. 78 defensive tackle)

Coach Steve Stripling on Robertson: "Jashon is a self-motivated, extremely hard working athlete. He is very physical and controls the interior of a defensive line. His size and strength enable him to be a force up front."

At Montgomery Bell Academy
• Played at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., for Marty Euverard
• Two-way standout as a defensive tackle and offensive guard for MBA 
• First-Team Tennessean All-Midstate selection as a senior in 2013 
• Named to The Tennessean's Dandy Dozen as one of the top 12 players in the Midstate
• Helped Big Red to a 10-2 record as a senior
• Posted 74 tackles including 14 for a loss in 2013
• Also had four sacks and five passes defended as a senior

Personal: 
• Full Name: Jashon LaQuinn Robertson
• Born: March 21, 1996
• Son of Monica Robertson 

8:58 a.m.

Dewayne Hendrix

Freshman • Defensive End • 6-3 • 252 
O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 8 strongside defensive end, No. 4 prospect in Illinois)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 18 defensive end, No. 8 prospect in Illinois)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 100 national prospect, No. 6 defensive end, No. 3 prospect in Illinois)
Scout: 4-star (No. 14 defensive end)

Coach Steve Stripling on Hendrix: "Dewayne is big and athletic. He runs wells and is effective all over the field. He has the tools to be a disruptive edge presence for the defense."

At O'Fallon Township:
• Lettered at O'Fallon Township High School in O'Fallon, Ill. for head coach Brandon Joggerst
• Participated in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
• Chicago Tribune Second Team All-State selection
• 2013 American Family Insurance All-USA Illinois Football Team defensive lineman
• Had 60 tackles including 9.0 tackles for a loss as a senior while also recording eight sacks
• Also had 60 tackles as a junior in 2012, including 7.0 tackles for a loss

Personal: 
• Full Name: Dewayne Hendrix
• Born: June 13, 1995
• Son of Denise Joy

8:51 a.m.

Treyvon Paulk

Freshmen • Running Back • 5-8 • 195
Alpharetta, Ga./Milton

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 29 running back, No. 37 prospect in Ga.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 34 running back, No. 33 prospect in Ga.)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 11 running back, No. 31 prospect in Ga.)
Scout: 3-star (No. 50 running back)

Coach Robert Gillespie on Paulk: "Treyvon is a tough, hard-nosed kid. He is very football smart and he has the frame to be able to come into this league and have an instant impact on this offense.

At Milton:
• Lettered at Milton High School in Milton, Ga. for head coach Howie Decristofaro
• Suffered a knee injury in September that ended his 2013 season prematurely, after just four games
• Ran for 227 yards and three touchdowns in 2013 opener vs. Alpharetta to earn Neighbor Newspaper's Player of Week
• Tallied four touchdowns in win over Johns Creek 
• Prior to injury, was on the GHSF Daily's Player of the Year watch list
• Ran for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns in his junior season

Personal: 
• Full Name: Treyvon Paulk
• Born: October 30, 1994
• Son of Melissa Watts and Nicky Paulk

8:37 p.m.

Gavin Bryant

Freshman • Inside Linebacker • 6-0 • 233 
Jackson, Ala./Jackson

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 11 inside linebacker, No. 9 prospect in Ala.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 10 inside linebacker, No. 10 prospect in Ala.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 17 inside linebacker, No. 14 prospect in Ala.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 10 inside linebacker)

Coach Tommy Thigpen on Bryant: "Gavin is a vicious hitter. He is one of the most dominant players in Alabama and can play in space. Gavin has the ability to be Al Wilson-like."

At Jackson:
• Lettered at Jackson High School in Jackson, Ala. for coach Danny Powell
• 2013 ASWA Class 5A All-State linebacker 
• 2012 ASWA Class 5A All-State honorable mention
• Helped team to the Alabama Class 4A state championship in 2011
• Had 60 tackles and nine sacks in his senior campaign
• Recorded 110 tackles and eight sacks as a junior

Personal: 
• Full Name: Gavin O'Shea Bryant
• Born: May 1, 1995
• Son of Lucretia Brown and Gary Bryant

8:31 p.m.

Aaron Medley

Freshman • Kicker • 6-2 • 173
Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 4 kicker, No. 20 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 1 kicker, No. 14 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 4 kicker, No. 17 prospect in Tenn.)
Scout: 3-star

Coach Mark Elder on Medley: "Aaron is a very talented kicker. He has a strong leg to kick the ball deep into the endzone on kickoffs. He gets tremendous lift on field goals and combines accuracy with strength to make him a valuable weapon for us in the future. We expect Aaron to compete for the starting position the day he steps on campus."

At Marshall County:
• Lettered at Marshall County High School in Lewisburg, Tenn. for head coach Aaron Pitts
• Played in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game
• 2013 MaxPreps Preseason All American Team
• 2013 Tennessee Class AA Mr. Football Finalist
• 2013 District 12 AA Special Teams Player of the Year
• 2013 All-MidState First Team by the Tennessean
• 2013 Varsity All Super Region Punter
• Made a 65-yard field goal in 2013 Kohl's Kicking Southern Showcase
• As a senior, connected on three-of-six field goals, making 33-of-35 extra points; punted 33 times for a 37.2 average
• Also kicked off 52 times, reach endzone 46 times for touchbacks
• 2012 Varsity All Super Region Kicker
• 2012 All-MidState First Team by the Tennessean
• 2012 Kohl's Kicking All American Team First Team Class of 2014
• 2012 MaxPreps Medium Schools All-American Second Team
• Punted 44 times for 40.4 average as a junior; also made three field goals and 27-of-30 extra points
• 2011 Varsity All Super Region Kicker
• 2010 Varsity All Super Region Kicker

Personal: 
• Full Name: Aaron W. Medley
• Born: August 8, 1995
• Son of Sheila and Richard Medley

8:25 a.m.

Derrell Scott

Freshman • Running Back • 5-11 • 179
Havelock, N.C./Havelock

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 3 all-purpose back, No. 6 prospect in N.C.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 11 running back, No. 8 prospect in N.C.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 9 all-purpose back, No. 7 prospect in N.C.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 17 running back)

Coach Robert Gillespie on Scott: "Derrell is a dynamic playmaker, a proven winner, and brings versatility to the backfield as far as catching the ball out of the backfield and making plays once he is in space."

At Havelock:
• Four-year letterman at Havelock High School in Havelock, N.C. for head coach Jim Bryant
• Invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl
• Associated Press 2013 All-State running back selection
• 2013 Sun Journal Player of the Year
• Named NCPreps All-State and Mr. 3A Football as a senior
• Led team to three state championships in a row from sophomore to senior seasons
• MVP of 2013 state championship game after rushing for 209 yards and three touchdowns
• Set Class 3A Championship game record with a 96-yard rushing touchdown
• Ran for 6,145 yards and 87 rushing touchdowns in his high school career
• Averaged 99.1 yards per game in prep career with 9.43 yards per rush
• Rushed for 2,147 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior
• Helped his team to a combined 58-5 record in high school
• As a junior, ran for 1,742 yards and 34 touchdowns
• Piled up 1,807 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore 
• Had 46 catches for 637 yards in his high school career with five receiving touchdowns
• Also 22 kickoffs for 477 yards in his four seasons

Personal: 
• Full Name: Derrell Anthony Scott
• Born: October 25, 1995
• Son of Deborah and John Scott

8:22 a.m.

Rashaan Gaulden

Freshman • Defensive Back • 6-1 • 178 
Spring Hill, Tenn./Independence

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 34 safety, No. 9 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 60 safety, No. 18 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 21 safety, No. 6 prospect in Tenn.)
Scout: 3-star (No. 94 safety)

Coach Willie Martinez on Gaulden: "Rashaan is a great player, he is a very competitive and physical competitor. He was an outstanding athlete that played both offense and defense and also has tremendous leadership skills."

At Independence:
• Lettered at Independence High School in Spring Hill, Tenn. under head coach Scott Blade
• Member of The Tennessean's 2013 Dandy Dozen
• 2013 First Team All-Midstate defensive back
• 2013 Class 6A All-State selection as a defensive back
• Played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl following his senior season
• Recorded 193 total tackles including 117 solo tackles, an average of 14.8 tackles per game in his senior season
• Named All-American in track and field after finishing fourth nationally in the 4x400 relay at the U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympics
• High School teammate of fellow Vol commit Vic Wharton

Personal: 
• Full Name: Rashaan Malik Gaulden
• Born: January 23, 1995
• Son of Cassandra and Reynold Gaulden

8:20 a.m.

Vic Wharton

Freshman • Wide Receiver • 5-11 • 192
Spring Hill, Tenn./Independence

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 46 athlete, No. 10 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 41 athlete, No. 8 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 50 wide receiver, No. 9 prospect in Tenn.)
Scout: 3-star (No. 182 wide receiver)

Coach Zach Azzanni on Wharton: "Vic has a very extensive skill set, he can play inside and outside and also return kicks. He understands what Tennessee football is all about and we are very excited about his future on Rocky Top."

At Independence:
• Lettered at Independence High School in Spring Hill, Tenn. for head coach Scott Blade
• Selected as one of Middle Tennessee's Dandy Dozen of 2013 top college football prospects
• All-Southeast Honorable Mention for the All-Southeast HSGC Awards 
• 2013 First Team All-Midstate as kick returner
• As a senior, selected to Class 6A All-State team as a defensive back
• As a senior, recorded 23 total TDs, nine rushing TDs, 58 carries, total 518 rushing yards, with average of 39.8 rushing yards per game
• Named All-American in Track and Field after finishing fourth nationally in the 4x400 relay at the U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympics
• High school teammate of fellow Vol commit Rashaan Gaulden

Personal: 
• Full Name: Vic LaRoy Wharton III
• Born: May 31, 1995
• Son of Robin and Vic Wharton
• Nephew of Brandon Wharton, who played basketball at Tennessee in the late 1990s

7:36 a.m.

Dillon Bates

Freshman • Linebacker • 6-3 • 213
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra

Prospect Rankings: 
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 97 national prospect, No. 7 outside linebacker, No. 15 prospect in Fla.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 104 national prospect, No. 4 outside linebacker, No. 16 prospect in Fla.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 67 national prospect, No. 3 outside linebacker, No. 10 prospect in Fla.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 18 outside linebacker)

Coach Tommy Thigpen on Bates: "Dillon has exceptional speed. He comes from a football background with his dad (Bill playing at Tennessee). He has an exceptional football IQ and will become an immediate impact player for us this season."

At Ponte Vedra: • Four-year letterman at Ponte Vedra High School in Florida for coach Mike Lloyd
• Selected to play in 2013 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game
• Associated Press Class 5A All-State Team as a senior
• Named a Florida Times-Union Super 24, the top recruits of 2013
• All-First Coast Team in 2013
• 2013 Florida Times-Union Super 11 selection
• Recorded 81 total tackles and 55 solo tackles in his senior campaign
• Credited with more than 300 tackles and 180 solo tackles in his high school career

Personal: • Full Name: Dillon Timothy Bates
• Born: July 5, 1995
• Son of Denise and Bill Bates
• Father, Bill, was a standout safety for UT and played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys for 15 seasons from 1983-97 winning three Super Bowl titles

7:11 a.m.

Todd Kelly Jr.

Freshman • Defensive Back • 6-0 • 195
Knoxville, Tenn./Webb School

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 68 national prospect, No. 6 safety, No. 3 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 84 national prospect, No. 5 safety, No. 3 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 71 national prospect, No. 9 safety, No. 4 prospect in Tenn.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 14 safety)

Coach Willie Martinez on Kelly Jr.: "Todd is a winner all of his life, a three-time state champion, and a Gatorade Player of the Year. I love his physicality and his play making ability and we will be leaning on his leadership qualities this upcoming season."

At Webb School:
• Lettered at Webb School in Knoxville, Tenn., for head coach David Meske
• 2013 Gatorade State Player of the Year for Tennessee
• Tennessee Titans Division II-A Mr. Football in both 2012, 2013
• 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection
• 2012 Knoxville News Sentinel's Defensive Player of the Year
• Two-time TSWA All-State selection
• Played both defensive back and running back for Webb
• Led Spartans to Division II-A State Championship in 2013
• As a senior leader had 53 tackles, one sack and two interceptions to go along with 1,014 rushing yards and 23 total touchdowns on offense
• Named BlueCross Bowl Offensive MVP as he ran for more than 250 yards and scored three touchdowns in the championship game
• As a junior, recorded 72 tackles and three interceptions on defense and carried the ball 99 times for 1,120 yards and 23 touchdowns while also scoring five receiving touchdowns

Personal: 
• Full Name: Todd Eric Kelly, Jr.
• Born: Octpber 9, 1995
• Son of Renee and Todd Kelly Sr.
• Father, Todd Kelly Sr., was a star for the Vols in the early 1990s and played four seasons in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons

EARLY ENROLLEES

Chris Beck

Junior • Running Beck • 6-0 • 200 
Austell, Ga./South Cobb/Dean (Mass.) College 

Coach Robert Gillespie on Beck: "Chris Beck is a great kid, I am very excited for him to have an opportunity to play here. I think he is going to add some depth to us this spring and will give him a chance to compete."

At Dean (Mass.) College:
• Played for two seasons at Dean College in Franklin, Mass., for Todd Vasey
• In his first season played in three games rushing for 273 yards on 56 attempts and four touchdowns
• In his sophomore season played in seven games rushing for 212 yards on 39 attempts while recording two touchdowns

At South Cobb:
• Two-year starter at South Cobb High School in Georgia for coach Ed Koester
• Captained his team in his senior season
• Rushed for 1,622 yards on 216 carries his senior season notching 14 rushing TDs and 17 overall touchdowns
• Also made 14 catches for 95 yards and three touchdowns
• Helped South Cobb to the second round of the playoffs
• Rushed for 274 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, including a game-clinching 12-yard scoring run against Northview in week three of the regular season
• Also a member of the track team posting career-best times of 10.93 (100m), 22.3 (200m) and 51.6 (400m)

Personal: 
• Full Name: Chris E. Beck
• Born: April 27, 1994
• Son of Arnesha Green and Chris Beck

Dontavius Blair

Junior • Offensive Line • 6-8 • 300 
Anniston, Ala./Anniston/Garden City (Kansas) C.C.

Prospect Rankings: 
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 8 JUCO prospect, No. 4 offensive tackle, No. 2 prospect in Kansas)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 26 JUCO prospect, No. 6 offensive tackle)
Rivals: 4-star
Scout: 4-star 

Coach Don Mahoney on Blair: "Dontavius has a tremendous attitude and high character. He is very mature and experienced having played two seasons in junior college. He is a perfect fit for what we are looking for in a tackle."

At Garden City C.C.:
• Two-year starter at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, playing for Matt Miller
• 2013 First Team All-Conference in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference
• Played in the Football Capital Bowl of Kansas in 2013
• Played and started all 17 games in his junior college career
• Helped Broncbusters to 2012 KJCCC Semifinals

At Anniston:
• Four-year starter at Anniston High School in Alabama for coach Eddie Bullock
• First Team Class 4A All-State as a senior
• Helped pave the way for the state's leading rusher (Troymaine Pope), who gained 2,539 yards and scored 31 touchdowns
• Graded out 93 percent on the offensive line
• Started 50 career games on the offensive line
• Posted more than 200 pancake blocks in his prep career
• Also played basketball and averaged 9.5 points and 10.0 rebounds as a senior

Personal: 
• Full Name: Dontavius Q. Blair
• Born: Oct. 25, 1993
• Son of Kim Blair and Lorenzo Swink

Neiko Creamer

Freshman • Wide Receiver • 6-3• 223
Wilmington, Del./Eastern Christian Academy (Md.)

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 58 athlete, No. 18 prospect in Maryland)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 121 wide receiver, No. 20 prospect in Maryland)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 29 athlete, No. 15 prospect in Maryland)
Scout: 3-star (No. 33 tight end)

Coach Zach Azzanni on Creamer: "Neiko is a big athlete that can do a variety of things. He loves the game and understands Tennessee football. We are excited to have him as a part of what we are building."

At Eastern Christian Academy:
• Played at Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Maryland for coach Dwayne Thomas
• Named Second Team All-State as a senior wide receiver
• Helped Honey Badgers to 9-3 record as a senior
• Also played basketball for the Honey Badgers

Personal: 
• Full Name: Neiko Donovan Creamer
• Born on March 5, 1995
• Son of Tawana and Andre Creamer
• Father Andre was a four-year letterman for the Vols from 1984-87, making 120 tackles and recording six interceptions as a defensive back; also starred as a punt returner at UT

Daniel Helm

Freshman • Tight End • 6-4 • 225 
Chatham, Ill./Glenwood

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 4 tight end, No. 7 prospect in Illinois)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 7 tight end, No. 11 prospect in Illinois)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 1 tight end, No. 5 prospect in Illinois)
Scout: 4-star (No. 3 tight end)

Coach Mark Elder on Helm: "Daniel is a great receiving threat and has demonstrated good physicality. He will bring a new dynamic to the position in the passing game. We expect Daniel to come in and compete for a role in our offense immediately."

At Glenwood: 
• Lettered at Glenwood High School in Chatham, Illinois for coach Dan Rourke
• Played in the 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
• Named to Chicago Tribune All-State Second Team in 2013
• Honored with the Midwest's `Chip Of The Old Block' award and Rotary Lombardi Award
• Had a 5.3 grade point average in high school 
• Set school record with 35 receiving touchdowns in his prep career
• Hauled in 35 catches for 565 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior
• On defense, played strong safety and made 68 tackles, also recording an interception and four pass break-ups
• Helped Titans to an 8-3 record as a senior
• As a junior, had 44 receptions for 821 yards with 17 touchdowns
• Also played basketball for the Titans

Personal: 
• Full Name: Daniel Stephen Helm
• Born: April 20, 1995 in Los Angeles
• Son of Steve and Christy Helm

Jalen Hurd

Freshman • Running Back • 6-3 • 227
Hendersonville, Tenn./Beech Senior

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 5-star (No. 33 national prospect, No. 4 athlete, No. 1 prospect in Tennessee)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 62 national prospect, No. 7 running back, No. 4 prospect in Tennessee)
Rivals: 5-star (No. 28 national prospect, No. 5 running back, No. 2 prospect in Tennessee)
Scout: 4-star (No. 11 running back)

Coach Robert Gillespie on Hurd: "Jalen is a Tennessee-bred kid. It's always great to coach a kid who understands the pride of the state that he's playing for. His unique blend of speed and power will give him a chance to help us at running back immediately."

At Beech Senior:
• Lettered at Beech Senior High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., for coach Anthony Crabtree
• Played in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Game
• Played in one game as a senior before suffering a shoulder injury that ended his 2013 season prematurely 
• Ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns on offense and had eight tackles and an interception in his lone prep game of 2013
• Named Tennessee State Mr. Football in 2012
• Earned First Team All-State from Tennessee Sports Writers as a junior
• As a junior in 2012, ran for Tennessee state-record 3,357 yards and 43 touchdowns
• Set Tennessee state record with 294 points scored as a junior
• Averaged 240 yards per game and 10.58 yards per carry in 2012
• Gained more than 200 yards in nine games as a junior, including three games with at least 390 yards on the ground
• Piled up single-game rushing totals of 451, 396 and 394 as a junior
• Ran for Tennessee title-game records of 394 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012 championship, a 56-35 Beech win over Columbia Central
• Led Beech to 2012 state title with a perfect 15-0 record

Personal: 
• Full Name: Jalen Tyler Hurd
• Born: January 23, 1996
• Son of Tara Smotherman and Jay Hurd

Jakob Johnson

Freshman • Linebacker • 6-4 • 240
Stuttgart, Germany./Jean Ribault (Fla.)

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 12 inside linebacker, No. 35 prospect in Florida)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 50 inside linebacker)
Rivals: 3-star
Scout: 3-star (No. 45 inside linebacker)

Coach Tommy Thigpen on Johnson: "Jakob is a smart and tough player who has high character and all of the measurables to be a great SEC linebacker."

At Jean Ribault:
• Played one season of high school football at Jean Ribault High School in Jacksonville, Florida for coach Anthony Flynn
• Second Team All-Coast by the Florida Times-Union in 2013
• Named a Florida Times-Union Super 24, the top recruits of 2013
• Racked up 112 tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and six sacks in first year of American football
• Helped Trojans to 7-4 record as a senior

Personal: 
• Full Name: Jakob Elijah Johnson
• Born: December 15, 1994 in Stuttgart, Germany
• Moved to United States in July 2012
• Son of Calvin and Ann-Charlotte Johnson

Colton Jumper

Freshman • Linebacker • 6-2 • 220
Lookout Mountain, Tenn./Baylor School/The Hun School

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 2-star 
Scout: 2-star 

Coach Tommy Thigpen on Jumper: "Colton is a really athletic player who can help us out on special teams in his first year in my opinion. I can see him winning a scholarship in the future."

• Spent a post-graduate year at The Hun School in Princeton, N.J.

At Baylor School:
• Lettered at Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. for coach Phil Massey
• Finished his high school career with 251 tackles, 39 TFL, 22 sacks, 2 interceptions, caused 5 fumbles, recovered 2 fumbles and blocked 1 FG in his high school career
• Finished his senior season with 131 tackles, 19 TFL, eight sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal
• Earned Tennessee Div. II-AA all-state honors during his junior and senior seasons
• Selected to the Toyota Tennessee Football All-Star Classic
• 2012 TNVarsity All-Classification All-State team

Personal: 
• Full Name: Colton Jay Jumper
• Born: November 26, 1994
• Son of Jay and Dawn Jumper

Josh Malone

Freshman • Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 195
Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 46 national prospect, No. 5 wide receiver, No. 2 prospect in Tenn.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 48 national prospect, No. 6 wide receiver, No. 1 prospect in Tenn.)
Rivals: 5-star (No. 20 national prospect, No. 2 wide receiver, No. 2 prospect in Tenn.)
Scout: 4-star (No. 10 wide receiver)

Coach Zach Azzanni on Malone: "I'm extremely excited to coach Josh. The sky is the limit for his potential. He is incredibly competitive with the mindset and skill set to compete at the highest level."

At Station Camp:
• Lettered at Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tennessee for coach Shaun Hollinsworth
• Played in 2014 U.S. Army All-American Game
• Participated in The Opening 2013, showcasing the nation's elite prospects
• Named Tennessee Mr. Football in 2013
• Earned First Team All-State honors from Tennessee Sports Writers Association as a senior
• Member of The Tennessean Dandy Dozen 
• Scored 31 touchdowns as a senior in 2013, scoring TDs four different ways (receiving, rushing, kickoff return and interception return)
• Piled up 71 receptions for 1,404 yards and 19 receiving touchdowns as a senior
• Ran for 246 yards on 22 carries and five touchdowns as a senior 
• Also averaged 26 yards per kickoff return including a pair of returns for touchdowns in 2013
• Helped Bison to 9-3 record and playoff berth as a senior in 2013

Personal: 
• Full Name: Joshua Khiry Malone
• Born: March 21, 1996
• Son of Cordell and Rebecca Malone

Dimarya Mixon

Freshman • Defensive End • 6-3 • 263
Compton, Calif./West Mesquite (Texas)

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 43 defensive tackle, No. 69 prospect in Texas)
Scout: 3-star

Coach Steve Stripling on Mixon: "Dimarya has athletic ability, size, and plays with great effort. He is explosive and uses his hands very well. He is a motivated young man who we hope can contribute quickly."

At West Mesquite:
• Played at West Mesquite High School in Mesquite, Texas for coach Mike Overton
• Graduated in 2012 and originally signed with Nebraska in 2013
• First Team All-District as a senior in 2012
• As a senior, made 48 tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss and two sacks
• Also had 11 quarterback hurries to help team to an 8-3 record and Class 4A state playoffs
• In 2011, as a junior, had 35 tackles with three tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery along with 11 quarterback pressures

Personal: 
• Full Name: Dimarya Artiel Derrell Mixon
• Named pronounced: duh-mar-EE-a
• Born: March 10, 1995
• Son of Tasha Mixon

Emmanuel Moseley

Freshman • Defensive Back • 5-11 • 165
Greensboro, N.C./Dudley

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 61 cornerback, No. 29 prospect in North Carolina)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 34 cornerback, No. 31 prospect in North Carolina)
Rivals: 3-star
Scout: 3-star (No. 87 cornerback)

Coach Willie Martinez on Moseley: "Emmanuel led his team to the state championship as a quarterback. I love his athleticism as a two-way player. He has tremendous ball skills and is very competitive. He was the best player on the best team in the state of North Carolina, and that shows his drive to win."

At Dudley:
• Lettered at Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., for coach Stephen Davis
• Played in 2014 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl
• Named Defensive MVP in 77th Shrine Game in December 2013
• Earned Associated Press All-State honors in North Carolina as an Athlete in 2013
• Helped Panthers to perfect 15-0 record in 2013 and the North Carolina Class 4-A Championship 
• Named North Carolina State Championship Game Outstanding Offensive Player 
• Earned Greensboro News & Record 2013 Player of the Year 
• Metro 4-A Offensive Player of the Year in 2013
• Named Conference 9 Offensive Player of the Year as a senior
• Played on both sides of the ball, running spread option offense at quarterback and at cornerback
• Ran for 1,443 yards and threw for 1,370 yards through the air
• Accounted for 47 total touchdowns
• Made 28 tackles and had four interceptions on defense, aiding Panthers in allowing just 7.5 points per game on defense
• Also played basketball at Dudley

Personal: 
• Full Name: Emmanuel LaMurel Moseley
• Born: March 25, 1996
• Son of Darrell and Latoya Moseley

D'Andre Payne

Freshman • Defensive Back • 5-9 • 176
Washington, D.C./H.D. Woodson

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 18 cornerback, No. 2 prospect in District of Columbia)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 21 cornerback, No. 2 prospect in District of Columbia)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 19 cornerback, No. 2 prospect in District of Columbia)
Scout: 4-star (No. 22 cornerback)

Coach Willie Martinez on Payne: "D'Andre is a tremendous athlete who plays with a competitive spirit. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington D.C. and is a winner. He comes in with a championship pedigree as his team won the D.C. title. He has amazing speed and ball skills which he demonstrated playing on both sides of the football."

At H.D. Woodson:
• Played at H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C., for coach Steven Scott
• Named 2013 Gatorade Football Player of the Year in Washington D.C. 
• Member of ESPN 300
• First Team All-Met selection by the Washington Post in 2012 and 2013
• First Team All-Conference pick as a junior and senior
• Played on both sides of the ball at Woodson and accounted for 11 touchdowns in 2013
• Made 70 tackles and recorded four interceptions as a senior
• Ran for 356 yards, threw for 94 yards and hauled in 16 catches for 396 yards as a senior
• Led Warriors to District of Columbia State Association Championship, finishing with 11-3 record in 2013
• Named MVP of the 44th Turkey Bowl with a 60-yard touchdown reception. Also set up touchdowns with an interception and a long punt return
• Named MVP of the DCSAA State Championship game with a 54-yard touchdown
• As a junior, scored on offense, defense, and special teams including four punt returns for touchdowns
• Had four interceptions as a junior in 2012

Personal: 
• Full Name: D'Andre Tyree Payne
• Born: May 17, 1996
• Son of Walter and Amy Payne and Marquise and Ashia Dohawk 
• As a 10-year old in 2006, won gold medal in U.S. Track and Field Junior Olympics in the 200-meter

Von Pearson

R-Junior • Wide Receiver • 6-3 • 185
Newport News, Va./Denbigh/Feather River (Calif.) College

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 4 overall prospect, No. 2 wide receiver, No. 2 prospect in Calif.)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 2 overall prospect, No. 2 wide receiver)
Rivals: 4-star
Scout: 4-star

Coach Zach Azzanni on Pearson: "Von was as productive of a player as there was in all of junior college football this past season. He brings instant help as a threat on the outside to our offense."

At Feather River:
• Starred at Feather River College in Quincy, Calif., for coach J.D. Johnson
• Earned California Community College Football Coaches Association First Team All-America Honors 
• CCCFCA All-California Most Valuable Player
• Offensive MVP of the Mid-Empire Conference
• Named First Team All-Conference in the Mid-Empire Conference in 2012 and 2013
• Posted national-leading 93 receptions for 1,601 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013
• Had more than 200 receiving yards in a game on five occasions, including single-game totals of 311, 237, 235, 222 and 201
• Racked up career-best and school records with 311 receiving yards on 19 receptions with three touchdowns vs. Sierra (9/14/13)
• Holds or shares every Feather River receiving record, including single-season receptions (93), career receptions (132), single-season receiving yards (1,601), career receiving yards (2,358), single-season touchdowns (12) and career touchdowns (22)
• In 2012, had 39 catches for 757 yards and 10 touchdowns

At Denbigh:
• Played at Denbigh High School in Newport News, Va., for coach Tracy Harrod, graduating in 2010
• Earned First Team All-Peninsula honors as a receiver and second-team as a defensive back in his senior year
• Named Daily Press Offensive All-Star as a senior in 2009
• Led area receivers with 50 receptions for 880 yards and seven touchdowns
• Honored with All-District accolades in 2009
• Played basketball with the Patriots

Personal: Full name: LaVon Terrell Pearson
Born: June 23, 1991
Son of Jessie Lewis

Ray Raulerson

Freshman • Offensive Line • 6-5 • 275
Tampa, Fla./Plant Senior

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 83 offensive tackle, No. 123 prospect in Florida)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 113 offensive tackle, No. 191 prospect in Florida)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 54 offensive tackle, No. 77 prospect in Florida)
Scout: 3-star (No. 53 offensive tackle, No. 77 prospect in Florida)

Coach Don Mahoney on Raulerson: "Ray is an athletic, tough and smart player. He is versatile and can play both guard and center. He comes from a successful program and is used to winning. He understands that time that goes into being a winner, and he is very driven and mentally strong."

At Plant Senior:
• Played at Plant High School in Tampa, Florida for coach Robert Weiner
• Helped Panthers to Florida 8A Semifinals with an 11-2-1 record as a senior in 2013
• Aided Plant to almost 400 yards of offense per game in 2013
• Named First Team All-County by Tampa Bay Times as a senior 
• Honorable Mention All-County by Tampa Bay Times in 2012 as a junior

Personal: 
• Full Name: Raymond A. Raulerson
• Born: Sept. 6, 1995
• Son of Sam and Beth Raulerson

Coleman Thomas

Freshman • Offensive Line • 6-6 • 299
Max Meadows, Va./Fort Chiswell

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 8 center, No. 23 prospect in Virginia)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 10 center, No. 29 prospect in Virginia)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 9 center, No. 14 prospect in Virginia)
Scout: 3-star (No. 5 center)

Coach Don Mahoney on Thomas: "Coleman is extremely athletic and played very physical as a senior. He has tremendous potential to play every position across the line. He has great size and strength. We are very excited about his mental makeup and his maturity."

At Fort Chiswell:
• Played at Fort Chiswell High School in Max Meadows, Va., for coach Stephen James
• Helped Pioneers to 12-2 record as a senior and playoff berth in 2013
• Played on both sides of the ball, earning Region 1A West Defensive Player of the Year as a senior
• Earned Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year honors in Region 1A as a senior
• First Team All-Region on both offense and defense as a senior in 2013
• Named First Team All-Timesland offensive lineman after junior year in 2012
• Named All-Southwest Virginia Honorable Mention center as a sophomore in 2011 
• Earned Second Team All-Region as a linebacker in 2011 after sophomore season and Honorable Mention All-Region as a center that season
• Starred on the basketball court, earning First Team All-County as a junior in 2013
• Also pitched for the Fort Chiswell baseball team 

Personal: 
• Full Name: James Coleman Thomas
• Born: March 6, 1996
• Son of Richie and Kyle Thomas

Owen Williams

R-Junior • Defensive Line • 6-2 • 285
Macon, Ga./Westside/Butler (Kansas) C.C.

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 17 defensive tackle, No. 18 prospect in Kansas)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 40 overall prospect, No. 12 defensive tackle)
Rivals: 3-star
Scout: 2-star

Coach Steve Stripling on Williams: "Owen is very active and plays with a high motor. He has outstanding strength and uses his hands very well. His activity and playmaking abilities helped Butler CC to successful season, and Owen had a great performance in their bowl game."

At Butler C.C.:
• Two-year starter at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas for coach Troy Morrell
• Second Team NJCAA All-American in 2013
• Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference Defensive Player of the Year
• 2013 KJCCC First Team All-Conference
• Helped Grizzlies to 2013 Graphic Edge Bowl, making nine tackles in the game
• Led conference in sacks with 7.0 for 50 yards, as part of team-best 15.5 TFLs in 2013
• Piled up 48 tackles and forced a fumble in 2013
• Helped Grizzlies to 2012 KJCCC regular-season and playoff championships
• Racked up 49 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks in 2012
• Also forced two fumbles and recovered one in 2012

At Westside:
• Lettered at Westside High School in Macon Ga., for coach Sheddrick Risper
• All-State by the Georgia Sports Writers Associated in Class AAAA as a junior totaling 86 tackles and 15 sacks
• First Team All-Region 2-AAA, First Team All-Bibb County and Second Team All-Middle as a senior
• Georgia Macon Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week for Oct. 8, 2010 after posting 15 tackles and three sacks in a win
• Played in GACA North-South All-Star Football Classic
• Seminoles compiled a 31-6 record in his three varsity seasons
• Originally signed with Georgia Southern in 2011

Personal:
• Full Name: Owen Vidal Williams III
• Born: Sept. 29, 1991
• Son of Shawn and Owen Williams Jr. and Demetrice and Curtis Mathews

Ethan Wolf

Freshman • Tight End • 6-5 • 243
Minster, Ohio/Minster

Prospect Rankings:
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 13 tight end, No. 16 prospect in Ohio)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 15 tight end, No. 24 prospect in Ohio)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 20 tight end, No. 25 prospect in Ohio)
Scout: 4-star (No. 5 tight end)

Coach Mark Elder on Wolf: "Ethan is a complete tight end. He has good size, physicality and athletic ability. He will be good both at blocking at the point of attack and flexed out as a receiver. He will compete for playing time right away."

At Minster:
• Played at Minster High School in Ohio for coach Geron Stokes
• Named Associated Press Second Team All-Ohio as a senior and junior
• Earned First Team All-Midwest Athletic Conference honors in 2012 and 2013
• Named to the Division IV First Team All-District team in his junior and senior years
• As a senior, hauled in 41 receptions for 475 yards with five receiving touchdowns

Personal: 
• Full Name: Ethan James Wolf 
• Born: November 7, 1995
• Son of James and Shelly Wolf



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MUS Netters Edge McCallie, 4-3

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Little Andy has once again shown what he thinks about the Chattanooga Police Department by ignoring all the applicants from within the department. There were several great candidates within the police department that had as much experience as the chosen one from 1,000 miles away. This is a slap in the face for any officer who is at the Chattanooga Police Department who has aspirations ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Northwestern Players Vote

The National Labor Relations Board, 0-1 this week after the United Auto Workers cancelled a hearing one hour before it was to begin in Chattanooga, has another chance for a last-minute finish today. In what will be under a more harsh light, the Northwestern University football team is expected to vote on whether to become a union Friday morning. Yesterday afternoon there remained ... (click for more)