Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tennessee Lands Virginia Beach Star

Tennessee has been able to land some really great players from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. A few Tennessee Volunteer legends you might have heard of from the Tidewater area include: Jerod Askew, who red shirted this year but I think will be a great linebacker, Jerod Mayo, 2008 AP Defensive rookie of the year for the Patriots, Todd Kelly, 1992 Team Captain and All-SEC, Frank Emanuel, 1965 All-American and 2004 College Football Hall of Fame, Ed Beard, C.J. Fayton, Mark Adams, and Steve DeLong, All-American 1963-64, and Outland Trophy Winner 1964.

Another top player from Hampton Roads is heading to Rocky Top, from Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia Beach, Justin Hunter. Hunter originally committed to LSU last spring but has changed his mind and is headed to Tennessee.

Hunter is 6 foot 4 and 185 pounds and can catch the football, which I got to see first hand. I was announcing at Kellam (my old high school) when Ocean Lakes came to play this past fall and Hunter led Ocean Lakes to a win with eight catches for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

This is a big gain for Tennessee and a strong start for new head coach Derek Dooley. Hunter said he felt much more comfortable and more trusting with Dooley than with the other Tennessee coach.

It is also a win for the Tennessee track team. Hunter is one of the nation's best in the long jump, triple jump, and high jump.

While I will always cheer for the Vols no matter where they are from, it is great to have another player from my hometown on Rocky Top.

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