Filed by Wes Rucker
KNOXVILLE -- I spoke with Dalton High School football coach Ronnie McClurg this afternoon, and he told me that former Catamounts star and University of Tennessee signee Stephaun Raines will visit the Vols this weekend.
Raines, a speedy receiver/defensive back prospect, signed with the Vols in 2006 but didn't make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse.
McClurg said Raines enrolled at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College in the spring 2007 semester, and he is on track to graduate by December, possibly sooner. He passed 24 hours last semester and is taking 24 more hours this semester, according to McClurg.
It's not clear whether UT still has a firm scholarship offer on the table for Raines, but McClurg said he thought there would be -- assuming Raines "stays on track academically and in good shape."
"And as I understand it, he's doing both," McClurg said. "I saw him over Christmas break, and he looks great. He's put on some weight over there, good weight, and he says he hasn't lost any speed or quickness."
When Raines was a senior at Dalton, he was 6-foot-1, 175 pounds and reportedly ran a 10.6-second 100-meter dash. If he's around 190-200 pounds and still as quick as he was when I saw him in high school, I think he's an SEC caliber player. I thought he was underrated in high school, and I know several (then known as) Division I-AA coaching staffs were crushed when SEC and ACC schools started recruiting him harder.
Raines obviously can't play in the trenches, though, which is what the Vols desperately need in this class.
I am trying to get in touch with Raines, and I plan to have a story on him in Friday's newspaper.
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