Vols Add Receiver, Kicker

Quintin Hancock

Tennessee picked up its first commitment in the Class of 2006 from a wide receiver prospect today when Quintin Hancock of St. Augustine, Fla., gave his verbal pledge to the Vols on his official visit to Knoxville.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound, pass catcher/defensive back is a three-star prospect rated No. 68 among the nation's receivers. As a junior he had 30 receptions for 410 yards and four touchdowns while recording 50 tackles with four INTs on defense. Over his senior season he had two TD catches and 40 tackles with four picks, helping pace his team to a 13-0 record and state Class-3A semifinal berth.

Hancock, who competes in track for St. Augustine, runs a 4.6 time in the 40 and is considered a solid athlete with sure hands and good size. He chose Tennessee over Georgia Tech, Nebraska and Maryland. He also garnered offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, Auburn, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Wake Forest and Wisconsin among others.

He told Ryan Bass of GoJackets.com of his decision en route back from his visit.

"I'm coming back from that visit now," Hancock said. "It was great; I liked it. I committed to Tennessee."

When asked what he liked about UT, Hancock responded: "Everything: the facilities, the coaches, everything. I felt real comfortable there. I liked the area and everything. Everybody seemed cool."

Quintin Hancock canceled a scheduled visit to Atlanta next week after reaching his decision.

Hancock's verbal raises UT's current list of commitments to 13, including an unconfirmed report that the Vols have taken kicker Chad Cunningham of Dawsonville, Ga., who was previously committed to Purdue. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Georgia specialist is the second kicker the Vols have committed in the Class of 2006, joining Daniel Lincoln of Ocala, Fla. Lincoln is rated the nation's No. 4 kicker while Cunningham is unrated.

The Vols have two other scholarship kickers on their current roster, including sophomore Britton Colquitt and James Wilhoit.

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