Tennessee signs top receiver prospects on National Signing Day

Tennessee Vols sign top receiver prospects on National Signing Day


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The fax machine in the University of Tennessee Athletics Department was humming Wednesday morning as high school and junior college football players sent their national letters of intent to play for the Vols.

Among the new class of signees are some of the top wide receivers in the country.

One big catch for the Vols at wide receiver is Cordarrelle Patterson, a 6'3" 205 lb. transfer from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

Patterson is a two-time National Junior College Athletics Association All-American and the 2011 Jayhawk Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

Other highly-touted wide receivers joining the Vols are Drae Bowles, from Jackson Christian School in Tennessee, Jason Croom, of Norcross, Ga., and Alton "'Pig" Howard, of Orlando, Fla.

Howard was named the No. 3 top player in Central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.

On the other side of the ball, the Vols beef up their line with defensive tackle Danny O'Brien. The Flint, Mich. native is considered one of the top prospects to come out of his state this year.

Another top defensive signee is LaDarrell McNeil, a Parade All-American from Dallas, Texas. He was named to Dallas Morning News All-Area First Team after averaging 13.8 tackles per game as a senior.

The new recruits join seven other players who enrolled in January.

Photos courtesy of InsideTennessee.com

New Commitments (Feb. 1, 2012)

Deion Bonner

Pos.: RB, S


Hometown (School): Columbus, Ga. (Carver HS)

Devante' Borque

Pos.: RB

Ht./Wt.: 6-2/200

Hometown (School): Crowley, La. (Crowley HS)

Daniel McCullers

Pos.: DT

Ht./Wt.: 6-5/340

Hometown (School): Raleigh, N.C. (Georgia Military)

Danny O'Brien

Pos.: DT, OG

Ht./Wt.: 6-3/287

Hometown (School): Flint, Mich. (Luke M Powers Catholic HS)

Alton Howard

Pos.: WR

Ht./Wt.: 5-10/175

Hometown (School): Orlando, Fla. (Edgewater HS)

Daniel Gray

Pos.: CB

Ht./Wt.: 5-11/175

Hometown (School): Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. (Boyd H. Anderson HS)

Quenshaun Watson

Pos.: RB

Ht./Wt.: 5-9/165

Hometown (School): Athens, Ga. (Clarke Central HS)

LaDarrell McNeil

Pos.: FS

Ht./Wt.: 6-2/190

Hometown (School): Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins HS)

Jason Croom

Pos.: WR

Ht./Wt.: 6-5/233

Hometown (School): Norcross, Ga. (Norcross HS)

George Bullock

Pos.: K,P

Ht./Wt.: 6-1/195

Hometown (School): Knoxville (West, HS)

Drae Bowles

Pos.: WR

Ht./Wt.: 6-1/205

Hometown (School): Jackson (Jackson Christian School)

LaTroy Lewis

Pos.: DE

Ht./Wt.: 6-4/235

Hometown (School): Akron, Ohio (Archbishop Hoban HS)

Justin King

Pos.: QB

Ht./Wt.: 6-3.5/215

Hometown (School): Dunwoody, Ga. (Dunwoody HS)

Cordarrelle Patterson

Pos.: WR

Ht./Wt.: 6-3/205

Hometown (School): Rock Hill, S.C. (Hutchinson CC)

Signed and Currently Enrolled (Jan. 2012)

Darrington Sentimore

Pos.: DL, DE

Ht./Wt.: 6-2/280

Hometown (School): Destrehan, La. (Mississippi Gulf Coast)

Justin Merideth

Pos.: TE

Ht./Wt.: 6-5/218

Hometown (School): Anderson, S.C. (T L Hanna HS)

Trent Taylor

Pos.: DE

Ht./Wt.: 6-3/250

Hometown (School): Lakeland, Fa. (Lake Gibson Senior HS)

Nathan Peterman

Pos.: QB

Ht./Wt.: 6-2/205

Hometown (School): Jacksonville, Fla. (Bartram Trail HS)

Alden Hill

Pos.: TB

Ht./Wt.: 6-2/220

Hometown (School): Alliance, Ohio (Marlington HS)

Cody Blanc

Pos.: S, DB

Ht./Wt.: 6-1.5/188

Hometown (School): Knoxville (Central HS)

Tino Thomas

Pos.: DB

Ht./Wt.: 5-11/195

Hometown (School): Memphis (Melrose HS)

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