published Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Four prospects still could swing to UT

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee hopes there are more additions to its 2012 class today than in the days leading up to national signing day.

The Volunteers have lost two committed linebackers in recent days, but there are four players left on the board who could bring good news with signing-day announcements. The Vols also hope to hold onto Dallas-area safety LaDarrell McNeil.

UT coach Derek Dooley will hold his signing day news conference at 4:30 p.m.

Here are the four prospects who are either uncommitted or committed elsewhere who bear watching.

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Who: Four-star defensive tackle

Where: Brookville High School in Lynchburg, Va.

Announcement time: 8 a.m.

Other finalists: Virginia Tech and Alabama

Why he could pick Tennessee: New Vols defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri was Kirven's primary recruiter when he was at Alabama, and the two have a good relationship.

Why he would go elsewhere: The home-state Hokies have two former Brookville players on their current roster and also got Kirven's final official visit. The Crimson Tide are always factors.


Who: Four-star cornerback

Where: South Miami High School in Florida

Announcement time: 9:30 a.m.

Other finalist: Marshall (currently committed)

Why he could pick Tennessee: The Vols got an official visit from him late in the process.

Why he would go elsewhere: Leggett was a one-time Miami commitment, but the Hurricanes and other big-time schools that were recruiting Rivals' ninth-rated cornerback backed off because of academic concerns.


Who: Junior college receiver

Where: Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College

Announcement time: 11:30 a.m.

Other finalists: Georgia, Ole Miss, LSU and Auburn

Why he could pick Tennessee: Vols quarterback-turned-receivers coach Darin Hinshaw has been recruiting Patterson the longest.

Why he would go elsewhere: The nation's top-rated juco player according to 247Sports has been quiet since taking the last of his five official visits. UT's depth chart, with Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers entrenched at the top, might be less favorable than the one at Georgia or Ole Miss. Patterson's choice is anyone's guess.


Who: Four-star receiver

Where: Gaffney (S.C.) High School

Announcement time: Noon

Other finalists: North Carolina and Wake Forest

Why he could pick Tennessee: Davis officially visited UT last weekend.

Why he would go elsewhere: The Parade All-American has a long-standing relationship with Wake's Demon Deacons, and new coach Larry Fedora has kept the Tar Heels in the race.

about Patrick Brown...

Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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