May 5, 2012

Mega-spring recruiting wrap

Getting prospects to campus early in the process is becoming an increasingly important aspect of the recruiting game. Tennessee excelled in that area this spring, getting more than two dozen legitimate targets to Knoxville, including Kendall Fuller, the nation's top cornerback.

With an eye on being as comprehensive as possible, here's our rundown of non-committed, targeted prospects who made it to campus over the course of the spring. We've included a brief synopsis of where the Vols potentially stand with each prospect, and what other programs are in the mix.

The Wish List

Toby Johnson

Defensive Tackle
6-foot-4, 290 pounds
Hutchinson CC, Hutchinson, Kans.

The Skinny: One of the most coveted defensive linemen in the juco ranks, Johnson is drawing heavy interest from the bulk of the SEC and Big 12. He's got some significant ties to Tennessee, most notably in former Hutchinson assistant Brandon Staley, now a G.A. on the Vols' staff. Visited both Tennessee and Texas A&M this spring and has listed no favorites.

Derrick Henry

6-foot-3, 241 pounds
Yulee HS, Yulee, Fla.

The Skinny: One of the most intriguing athletes in the south, Henry is a dominant high school performer at tailback. He's also a Georgia commitment, but that hasn't stopped Tennessee and a host of other programs from continuing their pursuit. Henry said his most recent trip to Knoxville for the spring game left the Vols 'right behind' Georgia.

Jalen Ramsey
6-foot-0, 185 pounds
Brentwood Academy, Nashville.

The Skinny: Ramsey has been sitting high on the Vols' wish list since last summer. He's made numerous unofficial visits to campus, including another this spring. Many feel the Vols are the team to beat for the in-state standout but he's got tons of suitors with USC in particular recently making a hard push to get into the picture.

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