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Linebacker Ngakoue Reopens Recruitment

Linebacker Yannick Ngakoue from Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C., has decommitted from Maryland.

He told Rivals.com on Sunday he’ll continue to consider Maryland along with South Carolina, Tennessee, Miami and West Virginia.

“I have decided to decommit so I can truly make sure that the school I’m going to will truly be my best decision and comes from my heart,” Ngakoue told Rivals. “There is nothing wrong with Maryland. If it is meant to be then I’ll be attending there next fall.”

Ngakoue told Rivals he’s impressed by the improvement of South Carolina’s program under head coach Steve Spurrier.

“I love that they’re on the come up and the conference that they’re in,” Ngakoue said.

The presence of the SEC could help Tennessee, too. So could the recruiting effort of defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri.

“I have a great relationship with Coach Sal, and I can be used up there with their scheme,” said Ngakoue, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 13 outside linebacker by Rivals.

Ngakoue said he hasn’t scheduled his official visits.

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Bama-To-UT Transfer Sentimore Thinks Sunseri Will Lead Vols To A Title

Defensive end Darrington Sentimore played for two seasons at Alabama.  He’s familiar with Sal Sunseri’s work as an assistant.  Now that the two have reunited at Tennessee — with Sentimore transferring in and Sunseri taking the reins of defensive coordinator — the player believes the coach will lead UT to new heights with his Nick Saban-style 3-4 defense:


“It’s not a lot different.  It’s pretty much the same stuff.  Coach Sal is a lot harder than he was at Alabama, though.

I know a lot of guys are going to be able to make plays in the 3-4.  In this type of defense Coach Sal is running, he disciplines his guys well.  I know we’re going to win a championship over here with him as our defensive coordinator.”


The trick for Sunseri and Tennessee is two-fold:


1.  Derek Dooley is on a hot seat and this could be his final roundup in Knoxville if the team doesn’t win eight or more games.

2.  Teams switching from 4-3 to 3-4 defenses usually make bigger progress in the second year of the system thanks to a year of experience in the system and a year of recruiting players specifically for said system.


Saban had more success in Year Two than in Year One at Alabama.  Georgia defensive coordinator had more success in Year Two than in Year One in Athens.

So the question is: If Tennessee doesn’t have enough success in Year One of the 3-4 under Sunseri, will he and Dooley even be around for a Year Two?

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