Vols add seven new players to football roster

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Seven incoming football student-athletes have enrolled at the University of Tennessee.

Joining the Vols are freshman athlete Cody Blanc (Knoxville, Tenn.), freshman running back Alden Hill (Alliance, Ohio), freshman tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.), freshman quarterback Nathan Peterman (Fruit Cove, Fla.), junior defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore (Norco, La.), freshman defensive lineman Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.) and freshman defensive back Tino Thomas (Memphis, Tenn.).

Freshman • Athlete • 6-1 • 190
Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville Central H.S.)
Prospect Rankings
247sports: 3-star (No. 76 overall athlete, No. 25 prospect in Tennessee)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 31 prospect in Tennessee)
Rivals: 2-star
Honored as Class 5A All-State selection by Tennessee Sports Writers ... Played running back and safety at Knoxville Central H.S. ... Ran for 1,850 yards in prep career and scored 19 rushing touchdowns, averaging 7.6 yards per carry with the Bobcats ... Hauled in 54 receptions for 654 yards and six receiving touchdowns ... On defense, piled up 167 career tackles including four TFLs, while making seven interceptions ... As a senior in 2011, ran for 433 yards and four touchdowns, also made 10 catches for 78 yards, scoring five overall touchdowns ... Made 69 tackles on defense while picking off four interceptions ... As a junior, rushed for 1,171 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games ... Averaged 8.9 yards per carry ... Returned five kickoff returns for touchdowns and averaged 39.6 yards per kickoff return ... Had 27 catches for 231 yards and two receiving touchdowns ... Made 55 tackles on defense and recovered one fumble ... Coached by Joel Helton.

Freshman • Running Back • 6-2 • 220
Alliance, Ohio (Marlington H.S.)
Prospect Rankings
247sports: 3-star (No. 63 overall running back, No. 54 prospect in Ohio)
ESPN: 2-star (No. 99 overall running back, No. 91 prospect in Ohio)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 48 overall running back, No. 43 prospect in Ohio)
Scout: 3-star (No. 65 overall running back)
Finished as Marlington's all-time career rushing leader with 4,745 yards ... Earned All-Ohio Associated Press Division III First-Team honors as a senior ... Akron-Beacon Journal All-Star First Team ... All-Northeastern Buckeye Conference ... All-Stark County honors, Division III ... First-Team Canton Repository Division III ... WHBC All-Stark County Offense Division III ... First-Team Northeast Inland Division III Offense Honors ... Rushed for 1,409 yards with 16 touchdowns in 2011 ... Caught eight passes for 216 yards with two touchdowns ... As a junior, earned All-Ohio Associated Press Division III Offensive Player of the Year ... All-Ohio Associated Press Division III First-team ... All-Northeast Inland District Offensive Player of the Year ... All-Northeast Inland District First-team ... Repository All-Stark County Player of the Year ... Repository All-Stark County First-Team ... NBC Player of the Year ... All-NBC First-team ... Set school record for single-season rushing yards (2,241) and single-game rushing yards (279) ... Set school record for career rushing yards during junior season ... Accounted for 35 TDs while averaging 8.7 yards a carry ... Also played linebacker in high school with the Dukes ... Coached by Ed Miley.

Freshman • Tight End • 6-5 • 225
Anderson, S.C. • T.L. Hanna H.S.
Prospect Rankings
247sports: 3-star (No. 57 overall tight end, No. 27 prospect in South Carolina)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 6 overall tight end, No. 5 prospect in South Carolina)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 13 overall tight end, No. 13 prospect in South Carolina)
Scout: 3-star (No. 17 overall tight end)
Played in 2012 Under Armour All-Star Game ... All-District selection and Anderson Independent Mail All-Area as a senior ... An excellent blocker and pass-catcher at T.L. Hanna High School, where he also played defensive end ... Played in South Carolina Shrine Bowl ... Made 42 tackles with eight TFLs as a senior ... Grabbed 24 receptions for 600 yards as a junior... Also, hauled in three receiving touchdowns for the Yellowjackets ... Coached by Kenya Fouch.

Freshman • Quarterback • 6-2 • 205
Fruit Cove, Fla. • Bartram Trail H.S.
Prospect Rankings
247sports: 3-star (No. 15 overall quarterback, No. 50 prospect in Florida)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 39 overall quarterback, No. 75 prospect in Florida)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 10 overall quarterback, No. 43 prospect in Florida)
Scout: 3-star (No. 18 overall quarterback)
Honored as the Offense-Defense National Scholar-Athlete of the Year following senior year at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns, Fla. ... Played in Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Dec. 2011 ... Named Florida Associated Press Class 6A All-State first-team quarterback ... Honored as St. Johns County Football Player of the Year after leading Bears to second state semifinal appearance in school history ... Earned Florida-Times Union All-First Coast and All-Country First Team honors ... Threw for 2,932 yards with 36 touchdowns in leading the Bears to a 12-2 record ... His 36 TD passes rank second all-time in St. Johns county history, to only Denver Broncos' QB Tim Tebow (46 TDs in 2004)... Completed 199 of 315 pass attempts for 63.2 percentage ... Threw for 209.4 yards per game with two 300-yard passing games ... Piled up 369 yards in Class 6A state semifinals with three touchdowns ... Had two games with four touchdown passes and eight games with at least three TD tosses ... Also rushed for 319 yards and five touchdowns ... Second Team All-First Coast by Florida Times-Union as a junior ... Threw for 2,016 yards and 20 touchdowns ... Coached by Darrell Sutherland.

Junior (RS) • Defensive Line • 6-3 • 273
Norco, La. (Destrahan H.S./Alabama/Gulf Coast C.C. [Miss.])
Prospect Rankings
247sports: 4-star (No. 19 JUCO prospect, No. 2 JUCO defensive tackle, No. 7 JUCO recruit in Mississippi)
Rivals: 3-star
In 2011, recorded 39 tackles, five tackles for loss, seven sacks and recovered a fumble...Helped the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record, a MACJC South Division title and a Mississippi Bowl title...Coached by Steve Campbell.
Redshirted in 2009 before making his debut in 2010...As a freshman, played in 11 games...Recorded nine tackles, a forced fumble and four quarterback hurries.
A four-star recruit and member of the Rivals250 team...Rated as Rivals.com's No. 13 defensive tackle and the No. 7 player in Louisiana...Scout.com listed him as the No. 23 defensive end while ESPNU had him as the No. 20 defensive tackle...Rivals.com also ranked him as the fifth-strongest defensive tackle in the nation...SuperPrep All-American and the No. 41 defensive lineman (tackles and ends) according to the publication...Also rated as the eighth-best player in Louisiana by SuperPrep...First-team All-State by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association...Was named All-State three times...On The Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team...No. 79 on Scout.com's Southeast 150 list...Recorded 120 tackles, 47 tackles for loss and 16 sacks as a junior in 2007...Notched 78 tackles and six sacks as a senior in 2008...Coached by Steve Robicheaux.

Freshman • Defensive Line • 6-3 • 245
Lakeland, Fla. • Lake Gibson H.S.
Prospect Rankings
247sports: 3-star (No. 40 overall defensive end, No. 83 prospect in Florida)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 26 overall defensive tackle, No. 56 prospect in Florida)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 19 overall defensive end, No. 46 prospect in Florida)
Scout: 4-star (No. 29 overall defensive end)
First-team Florida Associated Press Class 6A All-State selection ... Named First-Team All-Area and Area Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Lake Gibson High School ... Earned Florida Athletics Coaches Associated All-Region ... Named Lakeland Ledger Player of the Year as well as the PolkPreps.com Large School Defensive Player of the Year ... Racked up 66 tackles as a senior including 14 sacks as a senior ... Had five games with at least two sacks including career-best three sacks in a single game ... Also forced three fumbles and defended two passes ... Finished his junior season with 96 tackles and 15 sacks ... Coached by Keith Demyer.

Tino Thomas
Freshman • Defensive Back • 6-0 • 200
Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose H.S.)
Prospect Rankings (2011)
ESPN: 3-star (No. 138 overall athlete)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 56 overall athlete, No. 11 overall prospect in Tennessee)
Scout: 3-star (No. 93 overall wide receiver)
Named to the MIAA Class 5A-6A Team by the Memphis Commercial Appeal...Also earned All-District 16-AAA honors via the Commercial Appeal...Notched FoxMemphis Preseason All-Mid South Team honors ... Recorded 97 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four interceptions (one returned for TD), 22 pass breakups and one sack during senior campaign ... Also ran for 900 yards and eight touchdowns, while collecting 280 receiving yards and a pair of scores...Gained 800 rushing yards and 110 receiving yards as a junior in 2009 to go with 11 touchdowns ... Also returned a pair of kickoffs for TDs ... Defensively, totaled 48 tackles, 15 interceptions and five pass breakups ... Coached by Robert Ferrante.