Reputation and tradition can count for a lot in recruiting.
Just ask one of the nation's most sought-after receivers, Venice (Calif.)
Vickers, who still has one of the SEC's elite teams among his top five
despite the lack of any visits or camp appearances.
"I don't know a whole lot about the school, but I know
Tennessee is a big-time program known for putting out some great players," he
said. "That's really the main thing that has me interested in them. I'd like to
learn a little more about them. I don't really have time this summer, but I may
try to visit there sometime in the future."
Vickers says his clear favorite is Texas, followed by
Washington State, Washington, USC and Tennessee. LSU had also offered a
scholarship and was pursuing him hard, but Vickers says he doesn't have the
Tigers in his main group of schools at this point.
"But I'm still open to any school really," he said. "I'm
not going to rush things."
And all the top programs will likely be patient.
As a junior, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Vickers caught 67
passes for 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also displayed his versatility by
passing for 260 yards, rushing for 320 and amassing 300 return yards. As a
defensive back, he used his 4.5 speed and terrific instincts to pick off five