UT beefs up offensive line, defense on signing day

UT beefs up offensive line, defense on signing day

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Eric Gordon, a standout cornerback from Hillsboro High School, signed to play for Tennessee. Eric Gordon, a standout cornerback from Hillsboro High School, signed to play for Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Lane Kiffin took a big step to get Tennessee back to SEC Championship contention by adding 19 signees Wednesday.

Rivals.com ranked Tennessee's class of signees at No. 23, which was a dip from what analysts had expected earlier. Some had ranked UT in the Top 10 before Phillip Fulmer was fired.

Several of the signees committing to UT Wednesday hail from the Volunteer State. One future Vol, Zach Rogers of Lipscomb High School, is the brother of UT senior wide receiver Austin Rogers.

Another big catch from Tennessee is Eric Gordon, a standout cornerback from Hillsboro High School.

Gordon wasn't a surprise for the Vols, but some other players were, like Nu'Keese Richardson, of Pahokee, Fla., who originally appeared to be heading to Florida.

Another of the day's pleasant surprises was 6'3" 200-lb. linebacker Greg King of Melrose High School in Memphis. He signed with the Vols after giving Auburn and Texas Tech serious consideration.

National Signing Day (Feb. 4, 2009)

NAME POS. HT., WT. HOMETOWN SCHOOL
Marlon Walls DL 6'2", 225 lbs. Olive Branch, Miss. Olive Branch HS/Hargrave Military Academy
Marsalis Teague ATH 5'10", 180 lbs. Paris, Tenn. Henry County HS
Robert Nelson LB 6'0", 205 lbs. Stone Mtn, Ga. Stone Mountain HS
Nu'Keese Richardson WR 5'10", 165 lbs. Pahokee, Fla. Pahokee HS
Darren Myles S 6'2", 180 lbs. Atlanta Carver HS
James Green WR 6'2", 203 lbs. Tallahassee, Fla. Leon HS
Mike Edwards CB 5'10" 170 lbs. Cleveland, Oh. Glenville Academic Campus
Jerod Askew LB 6'0" 230 lbs. Chesapeake, Va. Oscar Smith HS
Arthur Jeffery DT 6'4", 285 lbs. Sarasota, Fla. Booker HS
Zach Rogers WR 6'2", 170 lbs. Nashville David Lipscomb HS
Nyshier Oliver ATH 5'10", 180 lbs. Jersey City, NJ Saint Peter's HS
Kevin Revis OL 6'4", 265 lbs. Evensville, Tenn. Rhea County HS
JerQuari Schofield OL 6'6", 298 lbs. Aiken, S.C. South Aiken HS
Eric Gordon WR 5'7", 187 lbs. Nashville Hillsboro HS
Greg King LB 6'3", 200 lbs. Memphis

Melrose HS

Signed and Currently Enrolled (Jan. 2009)

NAME POS. HT., WT. HOMETOWN SCHOOL
Montori Hughes DT 6'5", 275 lbs. Murfreesboro Siegel HS
Nigel Mitchell-Thornton LB 6'2", 228 lbs. Stone Mtn, Ga. Stephenson HS
Rae Sykes DE 6'4", 240 lbs. Alcoa Alcoa HS/Coffeyville CC
Toney Williams RB 6'1", 227 lbs. Alpharetta, Ga. Milton HS
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