Brooks gets NC duo

Brooks gets NC duo

Tennessee football aide Dan Brooks coaches exclusively defensive tackles but he apparently excels at recruiting for all positions. He landed two North Carolinians over the weekend -- a running back and a safety prospect.

The safety is Alonzo Winfield (Carver High of Winston-Salem). The running back is Daryl Vereen (North Mecklenburg High of Charlotte). Both guys are in the 6-foot, 195-pound range and both committed to Brooks during Tennessee's Senior Camp on Saturday.

Winfield reportedly covers 40 yards in 4.54 seconds. He performed so well at the Shrine Bowl that Tennessee and South Carolina came through with scholarship offers.

Winfield told Scout.com's Miller Safrit he's glad to have the decision-making process behind him and looks forward to majoring in sports medicine at UT.

"I just like it here, and I wanted to get everything out of the way early so I don't have to worry about it later," Winfield said. "I like the coaches here, and they have my major."

Winfield believes his transition from a high school linebacker to a college safety should be a smooth one.

"I play a little bit of safety at Carver," he told Safrit. "I started off at safety for my ninth- and tenth-grade years. At camp I played safety and I did real good, I went about six times and they only threw one pass on me and that was the comeback route."

Vereen and Winfield bring UT's commitment total to seven. Previously committed were fullback Kevin Cooper (6-1, 240) of Chattanooga, offensive lineman Darris Sawtelle (6-5, 285) of Bloomfield, Mich., and receivers Todd Campbell (6-1, 190) of Franklin, Tyler Maples (6-4, 180) of Maryville and Anthony Anderson (6-2, 175) of Knoxville.

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