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October 17, 2010

Monday commitment update

Memphis, Tennessee athlete Tino Thomas has been committed to Tennessee for just over a week and he's still really excited about his freshly made commitment. With all the hoopla now behind him, he's focused on getting his Melrose team into the playoffs and hopefully making a long postseason run.

"We have to come together," Thomas said. "We have to keep working extra hard and quit playing so up and down. We need to play as a team and as one and not play as a bunch of individuals. Just play hard each and every Friday night."

Melrose is 4-4 on the season with two games left. They are coming off a 21-17 win over Hamilton where Thomas ran for 190 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown. He also had seven tackles and an interception on defense."

"I've been playing really good," Thomas said. "I just need to play excellent and be the leader of our team. I want our team to get to the next level and for that to happen I have to really start playing my best game because I want to get to state and win a gold ball. I'm playing well on both sides, but I can always get better and improve."

For Thomas, it all starts during the days leading up to the game. Practicing well is essential to playing well under the Friday night lights.

"Practice makes perfect," Thomas said. "If you don't practice all out then it won't come to you easy in the game. Practicing like it's the game, makes the game easier. I give 110% every time I'm on the field. Just like a real game."

He's not talking to many prospects, but he is chatting fellow Memphis native and Tennessee target Cameron Clear. He doesn't let many days go by without letting Clear know he's wanted on Rocky Top.

"I'm in Cam's ear," Thomas said. "He was asking me why I chose Tennessee and I just told him that it was the right place for me. I don't pressure him because it's his decision and I want to let him make it for himself, but I'm always talking Tennessee up. I hope he'll join me in orange."

Thomas will be taking the SAT on Saturday morning. After the test is over, he hopes to make it up to Knoxville for Tennessee's game against Alabama. Clear is also hoping to make that trip and it's possible that they could make the ride together.

The decision for Thomas to make his college destination orange clad was simple.

"I'm from Tennessee," Thomas said. "That's a big part because it's a pride thing. We have a good program and a very tradition rich program. It was the right choice for many reasons. My position in the secondary was also a big part. I just can see myself there for the next four years."

The Vols are recruiting Thomas to play defensive back and return kicks on special teams.

The Class of 2011
Allan Carson
Defensive tackle
6-foot, 325 pounds
Oxford High School, Oxford, Ala.

Carson hadthree and a half sacks and four tackles for loss in a 35-12 win over Huffman. Next up is Shades Valley.

Justin Coleman
Defensive back
5-foot-11, 175 pounds
Brunswick High School, Brunswick, Ga.

Coleman had six tackles an interception and forced two fumbles in a 52-34 win over Wayne County. He also had 60 yards rushing and a touchdown. Next up is Glynn Academy.

Mack Crowder
6-foot-4, 270 pounds
Bristol High School, Bristol, Tenn.

Crowder and the Vikings beat up Sullivan Central 42-7. Next up is Daniel Boone.

Vincent Dallas
6-foot-0, 180 pounds
Cedar Grove High School, Ellenwood, Ga.

He ran a kickoff back 70 yards for a touchdown and saw both a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on separate plays be overturned by officials who ruled the play down. Also had 6 tackles. Cedar Grove beat Westwood Academy for first place in district.

Brendan Downs
Tight end
6-foot-6, 225 pounds
Bristol High School, Bristol, Tenn.

Downs caught 3 passes for 15 yards in Tennessee Highs' 42-7 win over Sullivan Central. Next up is Daniel Boone.

Christian Harris
6-foot-2, 230 pounds
Etowah High School, Woodstock, Ga.

Harris had nine tackles and a fumble recovery in a 36-29 win over Marietta. Woodstock is next.

A.J. Johnson
6-foot-3, 226 pounds
Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Ga.

Johnson made several key defensive stops and rushed for three touchdowns on offense in a 59-17 win over Monroe. Next up is Walnut Grove.

Kyler Kerbyson
Offensive tackle
6-foot-5, 290 pounds
Catholic High School, Knoxville, Tenn.

Kerbyson and Knoxville Catholic lost to Maryville 28-14 on Thursday night. Next up is Knoxville West.

Pat Martin
5-foot-11, 196 pounds
J.L. Mann High School, Greenville, S.C.

Martin had six tackles in a 54-0 loss to Byrnes. Next up is Dorman.

Alan Posey
Offensive tackle
6-foot-6, 305 pounds
Clarke Central High School, Athens, Ga.

Posey and Clarke Central defeated Apalachee 42-21 on Friday night. Next up is Madison County.

Andrew Power
Tight end
6-foot-5, 262 pounds
Arizona Western CC, Yuma, Ariz.

Power and the Matadors beat Eastern Arizona College 27-0. Next up is Snow College.

Brian Randolph
Defensive back
6-foot, 180 pounds
Kell High School, Marietta, Ga.

Randolph and Kell had a bye week this past week. Next up is North Paulding.

Trevarris Saulsberry
Defensive tackle
6-foot-4, 252 pounds
Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Fla..

Saulsberry recorded five tackles, one sack, a pass deflection and a forced fumble and fumble recovery in the Hurricanes 27-7 win over Buchholz. Next up they host Central.

Tom Smith
Running back
5-foot-10, 205 pounds
Apopka High School, Apopka, Fla.

Smith and Apopka had a bye week this past week. Next up is East Ridge.

Tino Thomas
6-foot, 190 pounds
Melrose High School, Memphis, Tenn.

Thomas accumulated seven tackles and an interception in a 21-17 win over Hamilton. He also had 190 yards rushing and a touchdown. Next up is Central.

Jordan Williams
Defensive end
6-foot-4, 240 pounds
Gainesville High School, Gainesville, Fla.

Williams helped a defense that held Buchholz to seven points and didn't let them cross the 50-yard line in the second half of the Hurricanes' 27-7 win. Next they host Central.

Justin Worley
6-foot-4, 196 pounds
Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, S.C.

Worley went 32-40 for 324 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-13 win over Lancaster. He also had 48 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown. Next up is Clover.

Devrin Young
5-foot-6, 165 pounds
Bearden High School, Knoxville, Tenn.

Young had over 300 all purpose yards in a 44-10 win over Heritage. He had 110 on the ground in just 15 carries and also scored on a kickoff and punt returns. Next up is West.

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