KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Antonio "Tiny" Richardson had a big decision to make on National Signing Day.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle from Pearl-Cohn High School in Nashville could have picked national champion Auburn, or could go with Tennessee, Georgia, LSU or Miami.
In fact, Richardson could have chosen just about any college he wanted, because he had received many more scholarship offers than that.
On Wednesday he chose Tennessee.
Richardson was ranked by Rivals.com as the state's top prospect and No. 7 at offensive tackle.
The second-ranked player in the state also went to Tennessee.
Another "get" for the Vols on National Signing Day was outside linebacker Curt Maggitt. The 6-foot-three, 210-pound four-star recruit picked the Vols over Alabama, LSU, Florida, Wisconsin, and Miami.
Maggitt is rated by Scout.com as the No. 19 outside linebacker in the country.
These players will make big additions to the Vols, but head coach Derek Dooley and his assistants knew they had big holes to fill on their roster.
The coaches are likely to look upon day as a big success, but as with all signing days there were a few disappointments.
Tennessee had hopes of signing defensive tackle Gabe Wright, of Columbus, Ga. The four-star player selected Auburn.
The Vols also wanted to land Lamar Dawson, a blue chip middle linebacker from Danville, Ky. He went with former Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans.
This signing day was different for Dooley than last year's in at least one way. A year ago he was trying to catch his breath after just two weeks on the job. The coach and his new staff had to dash across the country to secure a signing class after Kiffin's sudden departure from Tennessee in late January 2010.
At the end of the day, the tally showed Dooley landed seven of the top players in Tennessee. He also got seven players each from two football hotbed states, Georgia and Florida, and three junior college players.
Six recruits were already signed and delivered before National Signing Day. They are enrolled in classes and will be eligible to participate in spring drills.