It’s the goal of Scout.com and InsideTennessee.com to cover the entire state of Tennessee like no other.
Whether an in-state prospect does or does not have an offer from the University of Tennessee, it’s still our objective and goal to evaluate every prospect in the Volunteer state.
It’s that time of the year again when preseason rankings and predictions are popular.
InsideTennessee.com is proud to announce the “InsideTennessee Top Thirty Prospects.” Our experts spent a lot of time in the spring getting to know these prospects firsthand.
We are basing our preseason rankings on personal scouting, film evaluations and official offers, among other factors. We will re-rank each prospect after the completion of the Fall 2010 season. This is not the official Scout.com state rankings but just the opinions of our InsideTennessee.com recruiting staff.
One factor in deciding the top prospects in the state was this question: Who has the best NFL potential? This year, two prospects' names could fit that scenario.
We will now continue the InsideTennessee.com countdown.
No. 20 Matt Hamby,QB, Brentwood Academy
Hamby was impressive at the Badger 7-on-7 tournament. He throws a great spiral and was very accurate during this event. The most polished of Tennessee quarterbacks that I have had the opportunity to watch and evaluate. He has good size and has a big upside, with good fundamentals and the ability to read defenses.
No. 19 Johnny Baddour, Kicker, Germantown Houston High School
Baddour is one of the state's top field goal and placekickers in the state. A very strong leg and one of the most fundamentally sound specialists. Kicks off the ground, and has a strong leg despite his overall size.
No. 18 Tra Darius Goff, FB, Columbia Central High School
A three-star prospect by Scout.com at the fullback position, Goff has good size and good speed. He currently has offers from Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Troy and Syracuse.
No. 17 Tino Thomas, DB, Memphis Melrose
Thomas has great speed and good hips. Does a great job in coverage. Very athletic, has a lot of upside. Currently has offers from Arkansas, Duke, Kentucky, Memphis and Mississippi State.
No. 16 Deon Meadows, MLB, Smyrna High School
Meadows has good size and has a nose for the football. Great football instincts, which are very important for linebackers. A nasty streak on the field doesn’t hurt either. He currently has offers from Arkansas, Ohio, Middle Tennessee, and Western Kentucky.
No. 15 Devrin Young, RB/Athlete, Bearden High School
Young is one of the fastest players in the state. Very electric and exciting runner. Reminds me a lot of former Ole Miss player Dexter McCluster. Young has an offer from Stanford.
No. 14 Ryan Mack, OL, Memphis Wooddale High School
One of the most underrated and unknown talents in the state and at 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, Mack is starting to catch the attention of college recruiters across the country. While he holds no official offers, expect that to change soon.
No. 13 Cody Robinson, OL, McMinnville Warren County High School
Robinson is a very talented offensive lineman with some impressive offers. A solid player, good size, could use a little help in the height area. Robinson has a mean streak on the football field, which is a good thing on the offensive side of the football. Has offers from Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Tulane, Syracuse, Vanderbillt, and Western Kentucky.
No. 12, Alexandro Antoine, DE/TE, Antioch High School
One of the fastest rising prospects in the state, appeared to have an outstanding camp at Tennessee. Coaches are starting to use Mapquest and locate his high school. Good size, good speed off the edge and good hands. Currently has no offers but expect that to change soon.
No. 11, Hunter Long, OG, Briarcrest High School
Long is a very talented athlete who has good size and good foot speed. Uses his hands well, very fundamentally sound player. Has offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee and Southern Mississippi.
21. Lucas Patrick
22. David Helton
23. Christian Coleman
24. Jeremiah Bryson
25. Shaquille Mason
26. Tray Becton-Martin,
27. Stephen Rich
28. Wirth Campbell
29. Michael Johnson
30. Michael Wegzyn