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LB Jerome Dews says he’ll enroll at prep school rather than Tennessee this summer


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Longtime Tennessee verbal commitment Jerome Dews said Tuesday that he planned to enroll in prep school and indicated that academics may have played a role in his indirect path to college football.

Dews, a three-star linebacker from Maryland, announced the news on Twitter.

It is unlikely that Dews will formally sign with Tennessee on Wednesday, so his departure effectively reduces the Vols’ recruiting class to 33 players.

Dews could be considered a gray-shirt, in that he is delaying his enrollment to UT until at least January 2015, although he would be free to sign with any team or enroll at any school after his stint at prep school. With fewer spots available next year, there’s also no guarantee that the Vols will recruit Dews in the next cycle.

Here is Tennessee’s new commitment list.


Recruiting on the river: Sunday morning boating has become staple of Vols’ weekend visits

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — The gorgeous photo of Knoxville and Neyland Stadium is courtesy Vols receiver coach Zach Azzanni‘s Instagram account.

He has all the basics of photography down pat — good lighting, good framing. He didn’t go crazy with filters. He held the camera the right way. Thumbs up.

The photos from the Tennessee River you often see on Sunday mornings are from morning boat cruises that the Vols arrange as a finale for weekend recruiting visits.

The boat tours offer a way for coaches and players and families to hang out in an informal setting while getting a scenic view of Knoxville. It’s become a tradition of sorts under coach Butch Jones.

The weather can play havoc with the plans in the winter. On Sunday, as the photos illustrate, there was a one-day reprieve from the cold. It was sunny and brilliant, with a high of 51 degrees.

The Vols were scheduled to have five verbal commitments take official visits this weekend: Derek Barnett, Jerome Dews, RaShaan Gaulden, Todd Kelly and Vic Wharton.

Running back Darrel Williams was also scheduled to be in town, as the Vols are seeking to add another running back to their class.

Photo publicly posted by Vic Wharton (No. 4, to right of Butch Jones) this weekend. https://twitter.com/vwharton4

UT football players, recruits and coach react online to George Zimmerman verdict

George Zimmerman (Associated Press photo)

When George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges after a highly publicized three-week trial, the news provoked angry reaction among some members of Tennessee’s football team.

Junior offensive linemen Antonio “Tiny” Richardson was one of several players to react immediately on Twitter.

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Jerome Dews is 17th commitment, 3rd linebacker in potential 2014 Tennessee class


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — It took about 48 hours, but Maryland linebacker prospect Jerome Dews is officially on The List.

Dews talked of his commitment in great detail with the Washington Post, but the recruiting sites held off on adding him to the Vols’ commitment list. Why? It’s not unheard of for a team to take a lightly recruited two-star player late in the process. It is somewhat unusual for a team to take that commitment in June.

Jerome Dews (photo courtesy KNS partner 247Sports)

But the Vols do need linebackers as much or more than any other position, so Dews’ commitment is unlikely to spook any other player the Vols could be recruiting.

Also, it’s likely that there will be shuffling on the Vols’ commitment list between now and February. If UT does much better or worse than expected in 2013, some recruiting doors could open or close accordingly.


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Reported UT commit Jerome Dews on coaching staff: ‘They like me’ and don’t care about ‘politics, publicity’ — or rankings


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Butch Jones, like most coaches, publicly disavows recruiting rankings.

The only opinions that matter, Jones has said, are those of the UT coaching staff.

Most college football coaches will give you a similar refrain. (Although when I was at Auburn, running backs coach Curtis Luper once gave a refreshingly honest answer: “If they’re keeping the score, you want to win, right?”)

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