published Thursday, July 21st, 2011

SEC: Tennessee adds two more verbal commitments

HOOVER, Ala. — The University of Tennessee's recruiting momentum didn't stop with two Monday commitments.

The Volunteers, who had just two public verbal commitments entering the week, picked up two more pledges when running back Alden Hill of Alliance, Ohio committed late Tuesday night and Fruit Cove, Fla., quarterback Nathan Peterman committed Wednesday morning.

Both players are three-star recruits according to Rivals.com and committed after earning scholarship offers at UT's second three-day summer camp, which ended Wednesday.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Peterman, Rivals' No. 15 rated pro-style quarterback, also had scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut and Vanderbilt. He completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,016 yards and 20 passing touchdowns as a junior at Bartram Trail High School.

Hill, a big back 6-2 and 220 pounds, had scholarship offers from Michigan, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Illinois, Virginia and Vanderbilt. The Marlington High School star scored 33 times last season and already holds school records for career, single-season and single-game rushing yards.

Receiver Drae Bowles of Jackson, Tenn., and a trio of players from the state of Georgia -- Dundwoody athlete/linebacker Justin King, Gainesville running back Imani Cross and Austell linebacker Khalid Henderson -- are the other players that have made non-binding verbal commitments in the 2012 class.

Montana start time set

UT announced its season opener against Montana on Sept. 3 at Neyland Stadium will kick off at 6 p.m. on pay-per-view. The start times for the Vols' next two games -- at home against Cincinnati (3:30 p.m. on ESPN2) on Sept. 10 and at Florida (3:30 p.m., CBS) -- previously had been announced.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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