Being a linebacker is no small task. You need to maintain speed, power, strength, vision, tenacity to a name a few. One prospect who seems to have all of those qualities is Derrick Webb, 6-0, 225 pounds from Memphis-Whitehaven (Tenn.). Webb will have a major decision to make this season as he boasts offers from Ole Miss and Middle Tennessee. He is also receiving interest from schools like Alabama, Memphis, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt.
Greg King, 6-3, 205 pounds from Memphis-Melrose (Tenn.) may be one of the best kept secrets not only in Tennessee, but maybe the Southeast. King possesses a good frame and speed which helped him record 70 tackles, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles as a junior in 2007. He has several offers from schools like Alabama, Arkansas, Miami, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
East Tennessee linebacker Cole Lail, 6-1, 220 pounds from Maryville-William Blount (Tenn.) hopes to have a big senior season. He had a monster junior season with 120 tackles, six forced fumbles; five pass break ups and two sacks. Lail is receiving a lot of interest from Auburn, Louisville, Marshall, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Look for Lail to have a big season and lead his Governors into the playoffs.
Running backs in the Nashville area will be on the lookout for Josh Patton, 6-2, 210 pounds from Murfreesboro-Blackman (Tenn.). He had a great junior season with 129 tackles, 4 fumble recoveries, 4 caused fumbles, 2 passes broken up, 8 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Patton picked up his first offer from Air Force recently and is getting a lot of interest from Navy. The other schools showing Patton interest include Louisville, Miami Ohio, Vanderbilt, and Middle Tennessee.
Another player to watch in 2008 is linebacker Will Stokes, 6-3, 215 pounds from Memphis-Memphis University (Tenn.). He has good size and athleticism at his linebacker spot. Stokes is receiving interest from several schools including Auburn, Duke, Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt. Stokes hopes a big senior season will help his chances of his first offer. He has a brother who plays for Vanderbilt and that may play into his decision if offered by the Commodores.
Teams in Northeast Tennessee will be on the lookout for Matthew Crowder, 6-2.5, 201 pound linebacker from Blountville-Sullivan Central (Tenn.). He hopes to continue his career in the Ivy League. Crowder is receiving interest from Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. He hopes to use his size and skills to help his team into the playoffs this season.