'Tiny' Richardson is 'big get' for Vols

'Tiny' Richardson is 'big get' for Vols

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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.

Photos courtesy of InsideTennessee.com.

National Signing Day (Feb. 2, 2011)

DeAnthony Arnett

DeAnthony Arnett

Pos: WR

Ht./Wt.: 6-0/170

Hometown (School): Saginaw, MI (Saginaw HS)

Allan Carson

Allan Carson

Pos: DT

Ht./Wt.: 6-2/327

Hometown (School): Oxford, Ala. (Oxford)

Cameron Clear

Cameron Clear

Pos: TE

Ht./Wt.: 6-6/265

Hometown (School): Memphis, Tenn. (Central)

Maurice Couch

Maurice Couch

Pos: DT

Ht./Wt.: 6-2/295

Hometown (School): Garden City, KS (Garden City)

Christian Harris

Christian Harris

Pos: OLB

Ht./Wt.: 6-1/210

Hometown (School): Woodstock, GA (Etowah HS)

A.J. Johnson

A.J. Johnson

Pos: MLB

Ht./Wt.: 6-3/227

Hometown (School): Gainesville, GA (Gainesville HS)

Kyler Kerbyson

Kyler Kerbyson

Pos: OT

Ht./Wt.: 6-5/290

Hometown (School): Knoxville (Catholic HS)

Marlin Lane

Marlin Lane

Pos: RB

Ht./Wt.: 6-0/205

Hometown (School): Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland HS)

Izauea Lanier

Izauea Lanier

Pos: CB

Ht./Wt.: 6-1/190

Hometown (School): Scooba, MS (East Mississippi JC)

Curt Maggitt

Curt Maggitt

Pos: DE

Ht./Wt.: 6-3/215

Hometown (School): West Palm Beach, Fla. (Dwyer)

Pat Martin

Pat Martin

Pos: S

Ht./Wt.: 6-0/198

Hometown (School): Greenville, SC (J L Mann HS)

Byron Moore

Byron Moore

Pos: DB

Ht./Wt.: 6-1/205

Hometown (School): Harbor City, Calif. (Los Angeles Harbor CC)

Geraldo Orta

Geraldo Orta

Pos: DB

Ht./Wt.: 6-0/180

Hometown (School): Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes)

Alan Posey

Alan Posey

Pos: OG

Ht./Wt.: 6-6/305

Hometown (School): Athens, GA (Clarke Central HS)

Brian Randolph

Brian Randolph

Pos: S

Ht./Wt.: 5-11/180

Hometown (School): Marietta, GA (Kell HS)

Antonio Richardson

Antonio Richardson

Pos: OT

Ht./Wt.: 6-6/310

Hometown (School): Nashville, TN (Pearl-Cohn HS)

Trevarris Saulsberry

Trevarris Saulsberry

Pos: DE

Ht./Wt.: 6-4/230

Hometown (School): Gainesville, FL (Gainesville HS)

Tom Smith

Tom Smith

Pos: RB

Ht./Wt.: 6-0/195

Hometown (School): Apopka, FL (Apopka Senior HS)

Tino Thomas

Tino Thomas

Pos: WR

Ht./Wt.: 6-1/194

Hometown (School): Memphis, TN (Melrose HS)

Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams

Pos: DE

Ht./Wt.: 6-4/230

Hometown (School): Gainesville, FL (Gainesville HS)

Devrin Young

Devrin Young

Pos: RB

Ht./Wt.: 5-9/165

Hometown (School): Knoxville (Bearden HS)

Signed and Currently Enrolled (Jan. 2011)

Justin Coleman

Justin Coleman

Pos: CB

Ht./Wt.: 5-11/175

Hometown (School): Brunswick, GA (Brunswick HS)

Mack Crowder

Mack Crowder

Pos: C

Ht./Wt.: 6-4/270

Hometown (School): Bristol, TN (Tennessee HS)

Vincent Dallas

Vincent Dallas

Pos: WR

Ht./Wt.: 6-0/185

Hometown (School): Ellenwood, GA (Cedar Grove HS)

Brendan Downs

Brendan Downs

Pos: TE

Ht./Wt.: 6-6/225

Hometown (School): Bristol, TN (Tennessee HS)

Marcus Jackson

Marcus Jackson

Pos: OG

Ht./Wt.: 6-4/310

Hometown (School): Vero Beach, FL (Vero Beach HS)

Justin Worley

Justin Worley

Pos: QB

Ht./Wt.: 6-4/197

Hometown (School): Rock Hill, SC (Northwestern HS)


6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle
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