February 2, 2009

Update: Where Things Stand

The last big visit weekend before National Signing Day has come and gone, with Tennessee taking it's last swings at some prominent prospects. Here's our complete run-down of where things appear to stand with each visitor who was on campus, including Florida commitment Nu'Keese Richardson, who just may be looking around harder than anyone thought...

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The Class of 2009

Marlon Brown
Wide Receiver
6-foot-5, 205 pounds
Harding Academy, Memphis
Rivals.com Ranking: Four-stars, No. 5 wide receiver

Where Things Stand: Brown told us on Sunday night that he was impressed with his visit to Knoxville. Already familiar with the campus from numerous trips, he was focused on getting a feel for the new coaching staff. He gave the impression that he got plenty of one-on-one time with Lane Kiffin. Brown insists that he has no leader and that he is still undecided. He will pick between a final four that includes Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio State and Ole Miss. At this time he intends to announce his decision at his school on Wednesday morning in a press-conference that Brown told us would be televised by ESPNU, the details of which are still being worked out.

Sam Montgomery
Defensive End
6-foot-4, 230 pounds
Greenwood High School, Greenwood, S.C.
Rivals.com Ranking: Four-stars, No. 6 Weakside DE

Where Things Stand: Montomery was one of several prospects who went quiet after his weekend visit to Knoxville, leaving everyone to wonder exactly what he might be thinking. Silence can mean he's made up his mind, he's overwhelmed by the impending decision or he's simply tired from a hectic weekend. Prior to his visit the buzz was that the Vols were in the middle of what has been a bit of weird recruitment. Montgomery, who didn't appear to get serious about recruiting until January is a prospect who could end up doing anything this week without surprising people. The feeling here is that Tennessee remains a factor, but then again, that's also the feeling for LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Clemson and South Carolina.