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Receiver Howard Latest Tennessee Commit To Look Elsewhere

Add Alton “Pig” Howard to the list of Tennessee commits looking at other schools.

The wide receiver from Edgewater (Fla.) High School in Orlando, Fla., said Tuesday he’s considering other schools because of criticism surrounding Tennessee’s program.

“Well, I’m still considering (Central Florida), Florida, West Virginia,” Howard said, according to the Orlando Sentinel. “(They’re) still number one, but at the same time they’ve been having some dilemmas. So I’m not 100 percent sure what’s going on. A lot of coaches have left on their own. I think I heard a couple coaches got fired.”

Tennessee has seen four coaches depart during the offseason, including former wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett. Darin Hinshaw will coach receivers next season after coaching quarterbacks for the Vols during the last two years.

Howard, who’s seen time at running back in Under Armour All-American practice this week, had originally planned to enroll in college this month but instead will wait until the summer. That will give him time to consider his options before National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

“You always have to have a backup plan, man,” Howard said. “Just in case things don’t go your way.”

Tennessee has seen several commits in the last week express an interest in looking at other schools.

Cornerback Kenny Crawley, safety LaDarrell McNeil and linebackers Otha Peters and Dalton Santos have all maintained they’re committed to the Vols but will look at other options before making a final decision.

Two prospects, linebacker Khalid Henderson and wide receiver Keithon Redding, decommitted from Tennessee during the weekend.

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Tennessee Lands Georgia Linebacker Henderson

Tennessee received a commitment from linebacker Khalid Henderson from Pebblebrook High School in Austell, Ga.

Henderson gave his commitment to UT coach Derek Dooley after he offered Henderson on Tuesday morning.

“Coach Dooley was a little surprised when I committed,” Henderson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It was like he didn’t want to put pressure on me to commit. He asked me, ‘What other camps do you plan on attending this summer?’ I told him probably Clemson, Georgia Tech and some others. Then I said, ‘Coach, you don’t have to worry about that because you’ve got a Volunteer with me.’ He was really excited to hear that, congratulated me, and welcomed me to the Tennessee family.”

Henderson isn’t a well known prospect but has received more college interest in recent weeks. He chose UT over offers from Louisville, Connecticut, Air Force, Middle Tennessee State, and others.

Kentucky, Clemson, South Florida and Central Florida have recently shown interest in Henderson.

Henderson is the third commitment for Tennessee’s class of 2012.

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