Tennessee's Fulmer cleaning up on recruiting front; more notes
The Vols easily were the nation's hottest team in the past week, picking up five commitments -- including a monster pledge from four-star all-purpose back
"They are like one big happy family and everyone is so friendly," Giles said. "People walk up to you and ask, 'How are you doing?' They come up out of the blue. It's a small community and it's like a close-knit family. This is the best fit for me. I have never seen anything like this. It's wonderful."
The Vols also picked up two three-star players in athlete
When you add in the players who already had committed -- including
"Jarvis told me he was glad to see me committed," Phillips said. "And I told him that I was glad that he committed, too. I think we're all going to make each other better, and the great class they're putting together gets me really excited."
While it hasn't grabbed as much attention as the great starts at USC, Ohio State and Texas, Tennessee has laid a good foundation for what could be one of the best groups in the SEC on National Signing Day. Then again, that shouldn't be a surprise. Fulmer always gets passing marks as one of the SEC's best recruiters.
Most people nationally believe the only standout recruit in Utah is four-star offensive lineman
One of the fastest-rising players in Utah is three-star inside linebacker
"It was really important for me to come out here and do well because I've been so hungry for football," Filiaga said. "Utah doesn't do spring ball, and we have to wait a little longer to get out there. This was a great way to see where I'm at and how much I've improved in offseason training.
"I feel like I'm doing a lot better, but I still have a little more ways to go. This award for MVP is just motivation to do better. It's going to be a big encouragement."
Coaches haven't needed much encouragement to offer him scholarships. After picking up early scholarship offers from BYU, Stanford and Utah, Filiaga recently added offers from Washington, UNLV and Arizona.
"It's a humbling experience to actually have coaches looking at you and acknowledging the way I play," Filiaga said. "I have a true passion for this, and when people recognize it -- tell me how good I am -- it motivates me to do better. This recruiting process has been a fun process."
Most local observers believe it's going to be extremely tough to get him out of state, but he said he's going to go through the process with an open mind.
"I don't think it's going to be tough to get me out of state if I want to do it," he said. "I'm open to going out of state. It's going to be at what school I think is the best fit for me. I'm not favoring anybody. After my senior season, I'm going to investigate my top five schools."
Virginia has landed six commitments this month, including an impressive weekend haul that saw three pledges jump on board. That's when
The pledges from Watkins, a receiver from Camden (N.J.) High, and Freedman, a tight end from Clearwater (Fla.) Central Catholic, were significant. Watkins is one of the best players in New Jersey and is ranked as the nation's No. 62 receiver. He chose Virginia over Arizona State, Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers and Stanford. Freedman is the nation's No. 38 tight end and was also offered by Florida International, Duke and Indiana. Royal is a wide receiver from Greenwich (Conn.) Brunswick.
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• It's not too often that Missouri lets an in-state player get away, but that happened over the weekend when Strafford High offensive lineman
• Auburn remains on a roll, picking up three more commitments over the weekend. Two of the pledges were from athlete
• USC's skills camp on Saturday produced news when Las Vegas Palo Verde cornerback