published Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

UT BLOG: One big loss, two big gains


by Wes Rucker

Article: 2010 National Signing Day

UT BLOG: Signing day improves after early loss

Article: Mocs signing class going as expected

VOLS COMMITMENTS

*Tyler Bray QB 6-6, 180, 4 stars Kingsburg, Calif.

John Brown DT 6-2, 285, 4 stars Lakeland, Fla. (juco)

Dave Clark DB 6-2, 190, 4 stars Baton Rouge, La. (juco)

J.C. Copeland DT 6-2, 260, 4 stars LaGrange, Ga.

Raiques Crump LB 6-1, 210, 2 stars Adamsville, Ala.

Marcques Dixon DB 5-10, 182, 3 stars Decatur, Ga.

*Channing Fugate FB 6-2, 230, 3 stars Jackson, Ky.

Zach Fulton OL 6-4, 306, 3 stars Homewood, Ill.

Justin Hunter WR 6-4, 172, 4 stars Virginia Beach, Va.

Martaze Jackson DE 6-2, 202, 3 stars Demopolis, Ala.

*Ja'Wuan James OL 6-6, 293, 4 stars Suwanee, Ga.

Eddrick Loften DB 5-10, 195, 4 stars Irving, Texas

*Ted Meline WR 6-3, 170, 4 stars Miami

*Corey Miller DE 6-4, 230, 4 stars Duncan, S.C.

*Matt Milton WR 6-6, 190, 4 stars Mascoutah, Ill.

Nash Nance QB 6-3, 205, 2 stars Calhoun, Ga.

Rajion Neal RB 5-10, 215, 4 stars Tyrone, Ga.

Marques Pair OL 6-6, 260, 3 stars Sumter, S.C.

Michael Palardy PK 6-0, 170, 3 stars Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

John Propst LB 6-2, 215, 3 stars Hoover, Ala.

Mychal Rivera TE 6-4, 230, 3 stars Van Nuys, Calif. (juco)

Dontavis Sapp DB 6-3, 205, 2 stars Valdosta, Ga.

*Matt Simms QB 6-3, 215, 3 stars Ramsey, N.J. (juco)

*Jacques Smith DE 6-3, 230, 4 stars Ooltewah

*Enrolled in January

(Star rankings from Rivals.com)

KNOXVILLE — The University of Tennessee football team’s national signing day started with one big blow, but the Volunteers recovered with two big additions.

Four-star defensive tackle prospect J.C. Copeland from LaGrange, Ga., a longtime UT commitment who recently reaffirmed his pledge to the Volunteers, stunned them by signing with LSU.

Just before 10 a.m., though, UT got its first five-star prospect when Calhoun (Ga.) High School wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers confirmed his plans to sign with the Vols.

Rogers’ teammate and close friend, Calhoun quarterback Nash Nance, also signed with UT at the Yellow Jackets’ press conference.

Around 10:30 a.m., UT’s fortunes took another positive step when four-star Nashville offensive line prospect James Stone faxed his scholarship papers to Knoxville.

As of 10:40 a.m., the Vols received the following signatures:

WEDNESDAY SIGNEES

Dave Clark DB 6-2, 190, 4 stars Baton Rouge, La. (JUCO)

Raiques Crump LB 6-1, 210, 2 stars Adamsville, Ala. (Minor)

Marcques Dixon DB 5-10, 182, 3 stars Decatur, Ga.

Zach Fulton OL 6-4, 306, 3 stars Homewood, Ill.

Martaze Jackson DE 6-2, 202, 3 stars Demopolis, Ala.

Eddrick Loften DB 5-10, 195, 4 stars Irving, Texas

Nash Nance QB 6-3, 205, 2 stars Calhoun, Ga.

Rajion Neal RB 5-10, 215, 4 stars Tyrone, Ga.

Marques Pair OL 6-6, 260, 3 stars Sumter, S.C.

Michael Palardy PK 6-0, 170, 3 stars Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

John Propst LB 6-2, 215, 3 stars Hoover, Ala.

Mychal Rivera TE 6-4, 230, 3 stars Van Nuys, Calif. (JUCO)

Da’Rick Rogers WR 6-3, 205, 5 stars Calhoun, Ga.

Dontavis Sapp DB 6-3, 205, 2 stars Valdosta, Ga.

James Stone OL 6-5, 297, 4 stars Nashville

JANUARY ENROLLEES

*Tyler Bray QB 6-6, 180, 4 stars Kingsburg, Calif.

*Channing Fugate FB 6-2, 230, 3 stars Jackson, Ky.

*Ja’Wuan James OL 6-6, 293, 4 stars Suwanee, Ga.

*Ted Meline WR 6-3, 170, 4 stars Miami

*Corey Miller DE 6-4, 230, 4 stars Duncan, S.C.

*Matt Milton WR 6-6, 190, 4 stars Mascoutah, Ill.

*Matt Simms QB 6-3, 215, 3 stars Ramsey, N.J. (JUCO)

*Jacques Smith DE 6-3, 230, 4 stars Ooltewah

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