October 19, 2006

Tennessee Targeting Georgia Safety

With several soon-to-be-departed veterans scattered throughout the Tennessee secondary, it's not surprising that the Vols are interested in adding some capable defensive backs to this year's signing class. Georgia four-star prospect Morgan Burnett sits as one of the biggest remaining targets on the board in that regard, and is the type of player that would fill a specific need in this class at safety.

The Vols had some serious success in the state of Georgia a couple of weeks ago with a big win in Athens, at which Burnett (6-foot-1, 182 pounds, 4.55 40-yard dash) was an unofficial guest of the 'Dawgs. It stands to reason that Tennessee would love to see that win translate into a warmer reception on the recruiting trail on several fronts, with Burnett being a player that the Vols now appear to be making a serious run at.

Burnett is a multifaceted athlete who sees time at quarterback, wide receiver and safety for North Clayton, but college coaches are unanimous in thinking that his future is one defense.

The schools currently pursuing the athletic defender comprise the usual 'who's-who' of suspects among the power programs in the South. In addition to Tennessee, Georgia is obviously prominently involved, along with Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

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