Is Prep high school All-American Chris Leak’s time running out? Chris Leak, top recruit from Independence High school in Charlotte, N.C. and little brother of Tennessee quarterback C. J. Leak, has yet to commit to any school.
This poses a recruiting problem for UT. Do you wait until the January 5th date set by Chris Leak to declare his team of choice? The problem Tennessee and a lot of the top colleges face is the difficulty in recruiting more than one quarterback. Every quarterback recruit coming out of high school wants the opportunity to be a starter, so if you’re recruiting a player the caliber of Chris Leak you’re going to loose out on some other good quarterbacks.
Leak has visits set with some other top colleges in November and December, namely Florida State and Iowa. Event though Leak leans toward Tennessee, one of these visits could easily change the All-American’s mind.
Auburn has already picked up a commitment from Maryville Mr. Football finalist Carl Stewart. Word out of Halls is that when the Red Devils played Maryville during the season, some representatives from Auburn were on hand and saw hot-shot kicker Ian ‘O Connor first hand. They reportedly offered former Halls High School soccer player a football scholarship on the spot. O’Conner is up for a Mr. Football award that, for the first time, will be given to a kicker. Tennessee signed kicker James Wilhoit last season. Wilhoit is being redshirted this year and it is unlikely that the Vols will use another scholarship on a kicker for this recruiting class.
Vince Redd out of Elizabethton and Jacques Williams from Gallatin are two of the best wide receiver prospects in the state. With the possibility of Kelley Washington leaving after this year, the Vols will need to sign at least two receivers. In the past, the Vols have gone to all corners of the country for a quality prospect at the position, but these two may be two of the most highly regarded athletes in the south, right in their back yards.
In other recruiting news: Seymour golfer Kevin Ramsey is scheduled to sign scholarship papers with Carson Newman College at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the high school.

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