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.