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Vols Aim For Crowning Achievement

Tennessee's task going into national signing day 2004 isn't as nearly as imposing as 2003, when the Vols went wild, landing surprise after surprise and securing a final day haul that included four of kind in Parade All-Americans Robert Meachem, Eric Young, Turk McBride and Bret Smith, plus Arron Sears rated by some as the nation's No. 1 offensive line prospect and defensive lineman Anthony McDaniel the proverbial man among boys.

The Vols weren't favorites for even one of these gridiron talents and only the most rabidly optimistic UT fan figured Knoxville a likely destination for any two of the fab four. In truth, Tennessee's staff wasn't sure about at least three of the four and was shaky on the other. Reportedly, the Vols hadn't even been in successful communication with Arkansas wide receiver Bret Smith in the four...

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