July 9, 2006

Southern has Vols on shrinking list

After watching what Bruce Pearl and his staff were capable of doing with five scholarships last year, it's a bit of a let down for fans to only look forward to two newcomers in the '07 class. Thanks to the way the Vols were able to fill needs in that '06 class though, this year's recruiting efforts can focus on filling gaps in a roster that is steadily filing up with talent. One place where the staff is clearly looking to add a bit of depth is in the post, where Saginaw, Mich. Prospect Joshua Southern may figure into the equation.

Southern (6-foot-9, 245 pounds), was among the dozens of elite prospects in attendance at last week's adidas superstar Camp in Suwanee, Ga., and he's also one of the handful of post players that the Vols have targeted coming out of the first evaluation period of the offseason.

With Major Wingate set to depart after this season, the Vols need to add another big body to a rotation that is already being bolstered by an influx of talent in the form of freshman Duke Crews and Wayne Chism. Because of the talent of those two, Tennessee doesn't need to necessarily find a 'super-star' to add to the mix. And because of that, the blue-collar Southern could end up being a good fit.

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