Pair of new Vols get early start

Pair of new Vols get early start

January 19, 2005

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Two of Tennessee's 2005 football recruiting class have enrolled for classes during the spring semester, two weeks before the official signing day.

Demonte Bolden and Josh Briscoe will be eligible to join the team in spring drills beginning March 10.

Bolden initially signed to play for the Vols in 2004, but attended Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy in the fall instead of UT after he failed to qualify academically. The 6-5, 300 lb. defensive tackle is from Tyner High School in Chattanooga. He was a 2003 selection on the Parade All-America and All-USA Today high school first teams and a 2003 2A Mr. Football in Tennessee.

Briscoe is the first mid-term high school graduate to join the UT in the spring since Jason Allen did it in 2002.  The 6-3, 170 lb. wide receiver also participated in drills with the Vols as they prepared for the Cotton Bowl, but he did not play.

A December graduate of Burns High School in Lawndale, N.C., Briscoe earned All-State honors as junior and senior. He played for North Carolina in 2004 Shrine Bowl  and was voted No. 1 receiver in North Carolina by


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