Things have quieted down on Rocky Top with the season opener just days away, and what better way is there to tide yourself over until “It's Football Time in Tennessee” than by reading up on some future Vols and Vol prospects?
Well, I'll just tell you. There's no better way.
With that in mind, let's take a quick look at some names Vol fans will become quite familiar with in the coming years.
Current Commit Stats
QB Nathan Peterman (Bartram Trail HS, FL): First game 9/2 @Nease HS, FL
RB Imani Cross (North Trail HS, GA): First game 9/2 @Jefferson HS, GA
RB Alden Hill (Marlington HS, OH): 20 carries--315 yards--5 TDs.
*WR Drae Bowles (Jackson Christian HS, TN): 3 catches--73 yards--1 TD, 8 carries--62 yards--3 TDs, 6 tackles, 1 punt return--70 yards--1 TD.
WR Keithon Redding (Columbia HS, GA): 1 catch--38 yards--1 TD, 1 kickoff return--82 yards--1 TD.
WR Jason Croom (Norcross HS, GA): 5 catches--71 yards.
DE LaTroy Lewis (Archbishop Hoban HS, OH): 9 tackles--2 sacks--2 forced fumbles.
DT Damien Jacobs (East Mississippi CC): First game 9/1 vs. Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
OLB Khalid Henderson (Pebblebrook HS, GA): 16 tackles.
OLB Otha Peters (Covington HS, LA): 9 tackles--1 sack--1 forced fumble.
OLB Justin King (Dunwoody HS, GA): no available stats.
ILB Dalton Santos (Van HS, TX): 4 tackles.
CB Kenneth Crawley (Howard D. Woodson HS, DC): First game 9/2 vs. Martinsburg HS
S LaDarrell McNeil (Wilmer Hutchins HS, TX): 20 tackles--1 forced fumble.
*ATH Cody Blanc (Central HS, TN): 1 catch--10 yards, 13 carries--57 yards, 2 int--1 TD.
K George Bullock (West HS, TN): 6/6 extra points--0/2 field goals (52, 55 yards)--71 yard average on kickoffs.
*THROUGH TWO GAMES.
LA LB Otha Peters: Vol commit says his commitment is strong, will take visits to UT and maybe Ole Miss and Nebraska. Recently received fourth star on Rivals.com.
VA ATH Joel Caleb: Has UT in top-9, will be visiting soon.
FL WR Alton “Pig” Howard: Vols in top six with Florida, South Carolina, UCF, West Virginia and Cincinnati. Set to commit in November and will be an early enrollee.
FL DE Trent Taylor: Long-time Miami commit will visit Vols for Montana game. Will be an early enrollee. Mutual interest between Taylor and coaching staff. Could commit after visit.
DC CB Kenneth Crawley: Recent Vol commit will enroll in January.
SC TE Justin Meredith: Current North Carolina commit could consider Vols, Duke, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.
GA RB Imani Cross: Vol commit reaffirms commitment but will not enroll in January as previously planned.
NJ DE Darius Hamilton: Five-star prospect plans to visit Vols, likes coach Sirmon. Hopes to make decision before Army All-American game.
MI DT Danny O'Brien: Top defensive tackle prospect isn't being rushed into a decision by Vol, Wolverine coaches. Plans to cut list down to three or four soon and take official visits to those remaining schools. Will take OV to Rocky Top for LSU game. Seen as a Vol, Wolverine battle.
NC LB Nick Dawson: Has Vols in top-5 with Louisville, UNC, Miami and Clemson.
TN OL Brandon Hill: Recently received an offer from UCF for basketball at 6'7 358 lbs. Has Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State and Southern Miss ahead of UT.
CA CB Devian Shelton: Garnering Vol interest and wants an offer but Vols might not have enough room. Will make decision mid-season if Vols don't offer.
TN OL Andrew Jelks: Will take OV to Tennessee for Cincy game. Will also visit Alabama, Mississippi State, Vandy and maybe LSU. Will decide in late-October or early-November and says UT will be hard to turn down.
GA TE, DE Jordan Johnson: 6'5 205 lbs athlete down to Vandy and UT according to reports.
KY TE Hunter Bowles: Has Vols in final-5 with Vandy, Kentucky, Marshall and Louisville. Doesn't currently have a Vol offer.
FL DE Jelani Hamilton: Vols trying to get in the race for this Rivals.com top-100 player. Currently committed to Miami. Florida State, LSU, Georgia and North Carolina are also in the picture.
LA DT Darrington Sentimore: Formerly of Alabama, Sentimore is currently in junior college and receiving interest from UT.
2013 Prospects to Watch
OH WR Corey Smith: Originally part of 2012 class, Vol commit has enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and will be a part of 2013 class. Re-affirmed his commit and cited coach Sirmon's persistence as a reason.
TN ATH Jalen Ramsey: Brentwood Academy prospect has taken multiple visits to Tennessee and plans to take more during the season. Being recruited as a cornerback.
OH LB Jaylon Smith: May visit for Cincy game.
KY CB Ryan White: Really likes Vols, says Eric Berry is his favorite player. Wants to leave KY.
KY WR James Quick: Being recruited by Vols. Teammate of '13 KY CB Ryan White.
OH ATH Ross Douglas: Interested in Vols, hopes to visit for UGA game.
NJ LB Buddy Brown: Has offers from Rutgers and West Virginia, plans to visit Vols.
GA RB Keyante Green: Vols continue to lead over Georgia and Virginia Tech.
SC OL Justin Evans: Received first major offer from Vols.
FL RB Lorenzo Woodley: Picked up a Vols offer to go with an offer from Rutgers.
GA WR Carlos Burse: Added a Vols offer recently. Already has offers from Florida, UCF and North Carolina State.
TN QB Charlie High: Christian Academy of Knoxville star has no offers but is a D-1 prospect in Vols' backyard.
VA QB Bucky Hodges: Has the Vols as a top school and expects an offer soon.
GA QB Eddie Printz: Says Vols are showing a lot of interest.
VA LB E.J. Levenberry: Vols have made an early impression with the Vol For Life program.
GA DE Issac Rochell: Teammate of '13 RB Keyante Green. Has high interest in Vols.
FL QB Darryl Richardson: Has offers from UT and Ohio State. Will visit UT during the season.
2014 Prospects to Watch
TN WR Josh Malone Station Camp HS 6'3 180
TN RB Shaun Prevo Maryville HS 5'11 175
GA LB Elliot Berry Creekside HS 6'0 200
GA DB Evan Berry Creekside HS 5'10 170
TN OL Akeem Cooperwood Fulton HS 6'7 320
TN DB Todd Kelly Jr. Webb HS 5'11 175
TN ATH Vic Wharton Christ Presbyterian Academy 5'10 165
TN RB Jalen Manning Smith County HS 6'0 190