The Smokey Chomp

Dietrich Riley Addresses the Rumors
June 6, 2009, 2:30 am
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Rumors have been swirling about La Canada, California athlete Dietrich Riley.  Riley is one of the most coveted prospects in the state of California, if not country, and rumors are just part the hectic recruiting process.

Has Riley given a “silent” commitment to Lane Kiffin and his staff at Tennessee?

“No, I did not give a verbal commitment (to Tennessee).”

Riley, who claims 15 offers but not a top school, says Michigan is recruiting the hardest.

Dietrich Riley has been a hot commodity in many recruiting circuits.

Dietrich Riley has been a hot commodity in many recruiting circuits.

What schools does Riley plan to visit this summer?  

“Tennessee, so I can meet the new staff and build a relationship with them. Also Michigan, Notre Dame, Texas, Florida if they offer, Oklahoma, Alabama, and I plan to attend the USC rising stars camp.”

Though Riley isn’t commited to Tennessee, they are still very much a player in his recruitment.

“They’re a superb university, develops student athletes, have great NFL experienced staff, and awesome facilities. They send athletes to the next level and help them reach their goals. I also have family in Tennessee.”

What exactly is Riley looking for in a college?

“Academics first and foremost. A team who competes for a national championship year and year out with a NFL experienced staff. A great football tradition with top notch alumnus and opportunity to play right away and make an immediate impact to help my team. Also, coaches I bond with who are honest and feel most comfortable with.”

Will distance be a factor in his final decision?

“No because I have a lot of family in the South and my family is showing the best support they can so they will be behind me throughout this whole process.”

Riley likely projects as a safety or running back in college. He being recruited by Tennessee recruiting coordinator and DL coach Ed Orgeron. He says he’d like to make his decision January 22, which is the day before his mothers birthday.


Miller Likes The Vols

Corey Miller, a defensive end from Byrnes, South Carolina, came off a second a straight state title championship game. The Byrnes defense stopped practically every offense they saw in their tracks, but what else would you expect when you have two of the top 50 players in the country on your defensive line?

While many would be ecstatic with two state titles already, Miller is already eying a third.

“We have the talent and coaching to do anything we work hard to do. so I definitely think we can (win another state championship).”

Miller plays opposite of Brandon Willis, and the two form a duo that instills fear into the eyes of opposing quarterbacks.

“It’s great (to play alongside Willis) because you know that you have an athlete, like myself, who is a great playmaker. It betters the chance for our defense to succeed.”

Perhaps the only player who Miller couldn’t stop, was his own teammate- runningback Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore is considered by many to be the top running back in the country and is ranked #4 in the Rivals 100.

“Man, it’s crazy. He is a monster. It’s straight up head first competition with him day in and day out.”

Corey Miller has become popular among college football recruiters.

Corey Miller has become popular among college football recruiters.

Miller, who currently claims 22 offers, also says he isn’t sure whether the “Byrnes Big Three” will attend the same college. 

What colleges stick out to Miller?

“I don’t really have a top school, but I’m really looking at FSU, Cal, Tennessee, and UNC at this point.”

What kind of interest does Miller have in Tennessee?

“I have a lot of interest in Tennessee. Their program has made a major rise. It’s really exciting up there now.”

Miller plans to visit Tennessee on June 1st, California on June 12-15 and Florida State  on July 18th.

What is Miller looking for in a college?

“Just a place where I feel right at home and I’m comfortable at.”

When does Miller plan on making his decision?

“Hopefully sometime during my season.”

Miller is currently 6’4 1/2 237 pounds and says he’d prefer to play defensive end in college, but some schools are giving him a look at tight end. He also believes his best attribute is his ability to get after the quarterback.

He is being recruited by Tennessee recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. He claims that he doesn’t feel any pressure to stay in state, and that distance won’t be a factor in his final decision.

Catching Up With Corey Lemonier
May 24, 2009, 12:56 am
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The Smokey Chomp caught up with Corey Lemonier, a class of 2010 DE recruit from Hialeah, FL (Hialeah HS). In any class, top defensive ends are few and far in between, and Lemonier is one of them.

Lemonier weighs in at 6’4 and a nimble 230 pounds. He claims 24 offers, coming from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, Ole Miss, and South Carolina among others. Lemonier, who clocks in at 4.9 in the forty yard dash, his best attribute is his first step. Although he doesn’t claim a leader he had this to say about some teams that are interested in him:

“I dont have a top but teams like Tennessee, Miami, Florida, Florida state, Ole Miss are all recruiting me hard.”

Corey Lemonier has been a hot commodity in the talent rich area of South Florida.

Corey Lemonier has been a hot commodity in the talent rich area of South Florida.

How does Lemonier feel about Tennessee?

“They’re a really good school with a good history and there going to be the team to beat next year.”

One of the things Lemonier loves about Tennessee is the coaching staff, namely running back coach Eddie Gran, who is his primary recruiter and recruits much of South Florida.

“Tennessee’s really high because Coach Gran takes his time evaluating me so if he’s taking his time that means he really wants me.”

Does Lemonier plan on making on making any visits?

“I don’t know yet. Its up to my coaches and their plans for this summer.”

Lemonier also mentioned that he’s looking for “A chance to come in and compete for early playing time” and said that he does not have a time table as to when he will make his decision.

2009 National Signing Day: Recap
February 6, 2009, 9:45 pm
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Janzen Jackson looks good in orange.

2009 National Signing Day was a success for Lane Kiffin and all of the UT coaching staff, we wiffed on a few big prospects, and got a couple that were unexpected. We even pulled our biggest recruit a day after signing day and David Oku and Bryce Brown are yet to sign, both of whome are seriously considering UT.Here is a complete of UT players that either signed or are enrolled:

Janzen Jackson DB 6-0 174 4.43 6.1 Lake Charles, LA
Jerod Askew LB 6-0 230 4.6 6.0 Chesapeake, VA
Nu’Keese Richardson WR 5-8 151 4.45 6.0 Pahokee, FL
Marlon Walls LB 6-2 225 4.55 6.0 Chatham, VA
Eric Gordon DB 5-9 187 5.9 Nashville, TN
James Green WR 6-2 202 4.61 5.9 Tallahassee, FL
Darren Myles DB 6-0 175 4.49 5.9 Atlanta, GA
JerQuari Schofield OL 6-6 298 5.8 Aiken, SC
Marsalis Teague ATH 5-10 170 4.5 5.8 Paris, TN
Mike Edwards DB 5-10 170 4.55 5.7 Cleveland, OH
Arthur Jeffery DT 6-4 285 5.7 Sarasota, FL
Greg King LB 6-3 200 4.5 5.7 Memphis, TN
Robert Nelson LB 6-0 205 4.59 5.7 Stone Mountain, GA
Nyshier Oliver ATH 5-10 180 4.4 5.7 Jersey City, NJ
Zach Rogers WR 6-2 170 4.47 5.7 Nashville, TN
Nigel Mitchell-Thornton LB 6-2 228 4.72 5.6 Stone Mountain, GA
Kevin Revis OL 6-4 265 5.13 5.6 Evensville, TN
Rae Sykes DE 6-4 240 5.6 Coffeyville, KS
Toney Williams RB 6-1 227 4.6 5.6 Alpharetta, GA

National Signing Day Preview: Part I

With National Singing Day coming up, I feel a preview of the big day is neccesary. Here is a list of all recruits that are seriously considering Tennessee.



1. Marlon Brown- This guy is a must get. A source told me that it was pretty much down to UT and GA. Coach Lane Kiffin (CLK) told everybody that he was going to put a “fence” around the state of Tennessee and the fence starts, or ends, at Harding Academy High School. Marlon Brown is a statement recruit. Getting him tells every team is the SEC, if not the country, that we are serious contenders. The loss of RB coach Stan Drayton doesn’t help our chances but in the end, I believe CLK puts up that fence and Marlon Brown stays in the Volunteer State.

2. Janzen Jackson- This LSU commit has recently had second thoughts since Chief Chavis has arrived in Baton Rouge. He’s a physical corner with great height and ability who will be a star at the next level. He visited UT earlier this month and had a decent visit, although his dad still believes that if he doesn’t go to LSU and it will be Bama. I think were probably in the 3rd for this guy but on signing day, you never know.

3. Trent Richardon- This solid Alabama commit has decided to visit UT. He will visit UT on the 30 along with several other big recruits (Marlon Brown). The number two rated RB in the country would be monstrous to get. He had the power you always want along with excellent speed on the perimeter. Richardson, David Oku, Lennon Creer, and Montario Hardesty would be such a one-four punch? that our terrible quarterbacks wont even have to throw that much. Tennessee recently landed his primary recruiter in Lance Thompson so that certainly doesn’t hurt our chances. Ultimately, this is another reach but once he visits our campus he may have second thoughts.

4. Bryce Brown- I know what your wondering, why would Trent Richardson, the number to RB in the country, be more important to get than the number one RB in the country.Well, getting Brown would still put shockwaves through the country, and he still may be a better overall RB but getting Richardson would be statement, better yet a slap in the face, to Alabama and the entire SEC. Back to Brown. This kid is going to be an absolute Adrian Peterson- Reggie Bush like star in college. He the blend of speed, power, vision, illusiveness that you want in a running back. He’s also an exception threat in receivin. His highlight tape says it all. He’s already said Oregon is his favorite and I think that’s where he’ll end up but as of right now he’s a softie to the U.

5. Sam Montgomery- This guy in an absolute monster on film. He hails from SC and is pretty good friends with Buccaneers DE Gaines Adams, a former Monte Kiffin understudy, so that sure helps our cause. Just this guys physical stats will make your jaw drop. He’s 6’4 230 and reports of 4.44 forty. Yes, you heard me right, 4.44! He plays a lot like his friend Gaines Adams and could end up going to GA, NC, or maybe even Clemson. He visits UT on the 23rd so hopefully the likes of James Green will be in his ear all day and our campus does do a good recruiting job so this guy is somewhat of a toss up to me. On signing day, I’d give us a 25% chance.

Come back the next few days for part II!

2010 Recruiting Class
January 9, 2009, 9:26 pm
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Now i know that i originally said that i would not publish that much on recruiting but as i have gotten more into, i now find it much more interesting. With Orgeron and the Kiffins on our side, we should have a monster recruiting class next year. I composed a list of some of the top 2010 football recruits in the nation. Please feel free to comment. Hope we can get some of these guys next year!

Pro Style QB’s:
1. Jake Heaps-Sammamish (WA) Skyline
2. Blake Bell-Wichita (KS) Bishop Carroll
3. Phillip Sims-Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith
4. Peter Thomas-El Cajon (CA) Valhalla
5. Joe Boisture-Goodrich (MI) Goodrich
6. Jonathan Watters-Lindale (GA) Pepperell

Dual Threat QB’s:
1. Terrence Broadway-Baton Rouge (LA) Capitol
2. Barry Brunetti-Memphis (TN) Memphis University School
3. Devin Gardner-Detroit (MI) Inkster

Running Backs:
1. Marcus Lattimore-Duncan (SC) Byrnes
2. Corey Brown-Springfield (PA) Cardinal O’Hara
3. Malcolm Jones-Westlake Village (CA) Oaks Christian
4. Roderick Smith-Fort Wayne (IN) Harding
5. Eduardo Clements-Miami (FL) Booker T. Washington

Wide Recievers:
1. Justin McCay-Shawnee (KS) Bishop Miege
2. Martavis Bryant-Anderson (SC) T. L. Hanna
3. Keiwone Malone-Memphis (TN) Mitchell
4. Ted Meline- Booker T Washington (Miami)
5. Markeith Ambles-McDonough (GA) Henry County
6. Mike Davis-Dallas (TX) Skyline

Offensive Line:
1. Seantrel Henderson-Saint Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall
2. Seth Betancourt-Philadelphia (PA) St. Joseph’s
3. Aleon Calhoun-Navasota (TX) Navasota

Defensive Line:

1. Jaquez Smith-Ooltewah (TN) Ooltewah
2. Jackson Jeffcoat-Plano (TX) Plano West
3. Louis Nix-Jacksonville (FL) Raines
4. Nick Acree-Richmond (VA) King William
5. Darryl Baldwin-Solon (OH) Solon
6. Jeffrey Whitaker-Warner Robins (GA) Warner Robins
1. Justin Maclin- Memphis (TN)
2. Hayes Pullard-Los Angeles (CA) Crenshaw
3. Gideon Ajagbe-Coconut Grove (FL) Ransom Everglades
4. Jayrone Elliott-Cleveland (OH) Glenville Academic Campus

Defensive Backs:
1. Matt Elam-West Palm Beach (FL) Dwyer
2. Adrian White-DeSoto (TX) DeSoto
3. Lamarcus Joyner-Miami (FL) Southwest
4. Carrington Byndom-Lufkin (TX) Lufkin
5. Jarrick Williams-Prichard (AL) Blount

1. Anthony Barr-Torrance (CA) Loyola
2. Keenan Allen-Greensboro (NC) Northern Guilford
3. BJ Chitty-Dothan (AL) Northview
4. Ronald Powell-Moreno Valley (CA) Rancho Verde

Oku commits, wait…. nevermind
October 6, 2008, 2:29 am
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i was checking out all the VN message boards this morning was ecstatic when i found that we finally bagged our first 5 star recruit and was very dissapointed when “decommited” around 6 o’clock when reported that the story the he commited was wrong. I guess the mary-go-round will keep on turning.