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June 14, 2005
The Volunteer State is coming off what might be its best class ever in the class of 2005. It produced the No. 2 player in the country as well as several other Rivals100 members.
This year the state may not be as top heavy, but it equals the depth of last year's class. Once again it appears that the in-state Vols will dominate the recruiting scene.
The state's top prospect is Alcoa tight end/defensive end Brandon Warren, who also comes in as the nation's No. 60 overall prospect. Warren boasts offers from the likes of Tennessee, Florida State, Miami, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Virginia Tech among others. Tennessee commitment Jacques McClendon, an offensive guard at Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor checks in as the state's No. 2 prospect and the nation's No. 71 overall prospect. Despite his commitment, schools such as Auburn, Southern Cal, Alabama, LSU and others have continued to pursue him.
Somewhat surprisingly, Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers linebacker Chris Mosby checks in as the No. 3 prospect in the Volunteer State. Currently his only offer comes from the Arkansas Razorbacks, but expect that to change as many big name programs, including the Vols, are pursuing him as well.
A pair of Tennessee commitments round out the top five as Knoxville (Tenn.) Powell tight end/defensive end Lee Smith checks in at No. 4 and Alcoa running back Dustin Lindsey earned the No. 5 spot.
Antioch running back Preston Brown took over for an injured Lamarcus Coker and impressed recruiters by earning several impressive honors and holding down the No. 6 spot in Tennessee. The Crimson Tide picked up a solid cornerback prospect from Columbia's Tremayne Coger who comes in as the No. 7 player in the state.
Prospects from the Memphis area round out the final three spots in the top 10. Linebacker and Ole Miss commitment Brandon Jackson of Briarcrest comes in at No. 8. The list would not be complete without a prospect from Memphis (Tenn.) East in the top 10, which is where running back Cassius Vaughan ends up at No. 9. Athlete Graig Cooper has picked up offers from Louisville, Ole Miss and Tennessee early in the process and rounds out the top 10.
Vanderbilt picked up a good one early when they scored a commitment from the state's No. 12 prospect in offensive guard Adam Smotherman. The top prospect on the Brentwood Academy juggernaut is offensive guard Mike Berry, who recently earned an offer from Auburn at their senior camp over the weekend. Alcoa gets a third prospect among the top 20 in-state players as quarterback Joei Feigler rounds out the list at No. 20.