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.



Vols Recruiting: Ronnie Wingo- The Next Darren Mcfadden?
September 6, 2008, 6:20 pm
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Okay, so usually i don’t cover recruiting on my website but today i was just surfing through all the recuiting webites (rivals, scout, espn, etc) and a kid name Ronnie Wingo caught my eye. This kid (to me at least) is a total clone of: (Arkansas fans hold your breath) Darren Mcfadden. Now, before you go yelling at me saying that D-MAC was a once in a lifetime player and that there could not possibly be a second athlete just like him out there, here me out. First off, look at the stats, as a junior in high school Ronnie Wingo had 1600 yards and 17 TDs, also as a junior, Darren Mcfadden had 2,000 yards and 17 TDs. Now i know those numbers are not exactly the same but i think their close enough. This is where it gets freaky. Rivals.com says Wingo’s 40 time is 4.40. Coming out of high school DMAC’s 40 time was 4.38 according to rivals.com and 4.45 according to scout.com. Darren Mcfadden is somewhere between 6’1 and 6’2. Rivals.com has Wingo at 6’3 and scout.com has him at 6’1. Coming out of HS rivals.com had Mcfadden as the #2 athlete in his class. Guess what rivals.com has Wingo at? You guessed it, the #2 athlete in his class. Scout.com contradicts rivals is both cases and has Wingo as a RB (the #10 to be exact) and in HS had DMAC as a RB also and he was #9 in his class. You get where i’m going with this? Shall i go on? In HS Mcfadden was an avid track runner and ran a reported 10.8 in the 100m. As a sophmore, Wingo ran the 100m at 10.9. Before committing to Arkansas DMAC also considered Tennessee and Alabama. All three are teams that Wingo is considering. To me, this is pretty weird. If he turns out to be the next Darren Mcfadden, lets pray he goes to Tennessee. Below is the little bit of video i found on Wingo (for a much better video i’d go to his ESPN profile) and some links to both his and Mcfaddens HS profiles.

Ronnie Wingo:

Scout.com

Rivals.com

Espn.com

Darren Mcfadden:

Scout.com

Rivals.com