Athens OT Alan Posey commits to Tennessee (updated)

Athens — The University of Tennessee has snagged another big offensive lineman out of Georgia.

Alan Posey, a 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle out of Clarke Central High picked the Vols from an offer list that included 15 schools. Posey chose a black UT cap with an orange T from a row of five hats representing his finalists — Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Cincinnati.

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” said Posey, who ended up with 15 offers. “I liked all the schools. They all had their pros and cons. But every time I went to [Tennessee], I kept getting this gut feeling from everybody in the program, the coaches and the players, that it was where I wanted to be.”

The University of Georgia, which is located less than a mile from where Posey was making his announcement, was not among the teams to offer him.

Immediately after making his decision public before friends, family and media in the Gallery Room of the Clarke Central gymnasium overlooking Billy Henderson Field, Posey actually called Tennessee coach Derek Dooley to give him the news.

“I just wanted to let you know I’m a Vol,” Posey said on coach Leroy Ryals’ cell phone.

Dooley’s response? “He said he was glad to have me on board and was looking forward to signing a good class,” Posey said.

It wasn’t much of a surprise to Dooley, a fellow Clarke Central graduate. Posey said he told Dooley his plans while attending the Orange and White Spring game on April 17.

“It was an enjoyable process but I’m glad to have it over,” Posey said of recruiting.

Clarke Central coach Leroy Ryals pointed out to Posey’s teammates in the room that Posey not only was big and strong but earned this opportunity because he worked hard both academicalluy and athletically to be in this position.  Posey is on track to graduate early and will enroll early at UT in January.

“I remember meeting him as a seventh grader,” Ryals said. “I think he was the same size then.”

Also in attendance was Posey’s rec league coach from Stonehenge Youth Association, Melvin Hays. Hays said it was evident that Posey was going to be a special player even as a 12-year-old. And it wasn’t just because he was bigger than everybody else.

“It was because of his work ethic,” Hays said. “He just worked harder than everybody else and listened to what you were telling him.”

Posey let it be known a while back that May 4th was the day he intended to make his decision. He was asked about the significance of that date.

“I always wanted to make my decision early so I could focus on my senior season,” he explained. “We had a good season last year but it didn’t end the way we wanted it to [as state runners-up]. So I’m looking forward to fixing that this year. Also my grandfather passed away on this day in 1993, so I wanted to honor him.”

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115 comments Add your comment

dusty

May 4th, 2010
5:51 am

I think DD walked on at VA.

Ramblor

May 4th, 2010
6:03 am

Nice work on all of the UGA recruiting news lately Chip. You’d think you worked for them with all the pro-UGA crap you publish.

Bubba

May 4th, 2010
6:21 am

Ramblor, when Tech signs another quarterback who’s never played quarterback I’m sure Chip will report it.

douglas

May 4th, 2010
6:22 am

Ramblor: nice to see you are so jealous. Want a pacifer and need your diaper changed too?

jddawg

May 4th, 2010
6:43 am

Funny how “Ramblor” spells his name with “blo” in it!

TheNumber34

May 4th, 2010
6:49 am

Chip, I don’t think you need to worry about what a 17-18 year old thinks of you. I know that they’re your focus with your article, however, keep doing the same, good work that you’ve been doing, and you’ll be successful with 95% of these kids.

Hope your golf game is doing well and Go Dawgs!

Charlie Bama

May 4th, 2010
7:27 am

Sounds like a real talent who can grow with the right kind of coaching. He’d be silly not to go to Clemson, where they understand how to coach-up players. Too much unstability at Knoxvegas U.

JB

May 4th, 2010
7:32 am

If Georgia didn’t pursue him hard right under their nose, there is a reason. Being ” big” is just half of it. Wish the young man well.

SatchelBuzz

May 4th, 2010
7:36 am

Bubba,….keep it up,….karma’s coming. CPJ never forgets.

THWG!

UGA owns you tasty bees..

May 4th, 2010
7:36 am

Why recruit a quarterback, knowing he’ll only have to throw four desperation passes at the end of the game (see: Worst in ten, beat your best in almost twenty, aka j30-24). This is why UGA recruiting gets attention, and techies pick up the scraps after the big boys(UGA, UT, AL, FL, etc.) have their fill. Looks like tech has just as much trouble filling their roster as they do filling their stadium in the fall.. I wish they would report more on tech recruiting, as it amuses me that all so far have NR beside their high school rating..

SimpleDawg

May 4th, 2010
7:36 am

I think more may be said in UGA’s silence and lack of an offer. It would be hard to miss a kid that big and that close.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

May 4th, 2010
7:37 am

30-24* Still tastes good.

Gen Neyland

May 4th, 2010
7:42 am

Whatever his decision, good luck to the kid.

Steve

May 4th, 2010
7:42 am

So does 45-19.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

May 4th, 2010
7:50 am

Karma has nothing to do with beating your pathetic program, or Karma has one terrific sense of humor.. Once a decade does not even grant you “rival” status. And i hope Paul Johnson doesn’t forget, because two years from now, when all of Gailey’s pro-style offensive recruits are gone, he’ll have to cite it on his job applications as to “why he was fired from his previous job”. Probably go something like.. “Those %$#& Dawgs, and their fans were too much for me..” And its a good thing Zach Metty wasn’t at tech, b/c he couldn’t resist those 32-DD’s that PJ carries around him (and i don’t mean a co-ed) He has the largest chest size of any woman on campus.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

May 4th, 2010
7:55 am

Well played Steve, or Volfan maybe? You seriously need to enjoy that as much as possible, b/c you and me both know we are going to run your boys out of Athens this year, and probably the next couple. I’m sure our new Def. Coord. will have a solution when UT starts running “play-action boot” every single play, like last year. My 8 year old nephew knew what play was coming, maybe he should have replaced willie m.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

May 4th, 2010
7:58 am

Oooo a Fl fan.. Don’t even get me started about how your team was a JOKE for eighty years, until the nineties when Spurrier showed up. enjoy it b/c we won’t be pushed around by your offense this year. Looks to be a great matchup coming up between SEC East powers in rebuilding years.

loose nut

May 4th, 2010
8:02 am

ManningVols

May 4th, 2010
8:07 am

Good deal. Posey can play right next to Jawuan James…another
top rated OL from Georgia who enrolled at Tennessee early.

Word is Tennessee has about 3 or 4 other stud recruits
from the Atlanta area ready to give their all for Tennessee :^)

Moops

May 4th, 2010
8:08 am

Ramblor – Not sure which updates you’ve been reading, but Chip is usually towards the negative with UGA. Most of his articles have some reference to “so-so chose X over UGA”, or spins the interview to how UGA never showed the guy much attention etc. I’ll give it to you he doesn’t exactly spread the love for GT either though

Moops

May 4th, 2010
8:09 am

Regardless of where he goes, best of luck!

Gaia Vols

May 4th, 2010
8:18 am

I think you mean instability not “unstability” Charlie Bama…

Dooley is like a surgeon in his recruiting, so methodical and selective (calm too it appears).

James T. Kirk

May 4th, 2010
8:20 am

The mutts can’t even hold down recruits from the two high schools bordering their joke of a campus? Pathetic.

JB

May 4th, 2010
8:32 am

Vol fans…..you better get here and sign some because there is plenty. Dawgs will sign 25 or so and only 18 or so from Georgia…..That leaves over 150 Div. 1 prospects for a talent starved state of Tennessee……Dooley better get here and sign 10-12…. only makes sense. Georgia is in the top 5 in country in Div 1 talent. Come get ya some coon dogs……

ga gator

May 4th, 2010
8:32 am

Are you the Dusty in Savannah?

VOLinAthensGA

May 4th, 2010
8:33 am

IT’S GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL!!!

GBO!

ga gator

May 4th, 2010
8:34 am

Simple dawg dont you think they might of just assumed that he was going to be a dawg like they did with Blake Sims in Gainesville Ga?

JB

May 4th, 2010
8:34 am

Saddest day of a Georgia kids life is when he has to sign with Vols because the call never came from Athens. I’m serious.

Jon

May 4th, 2010
8:38 am

UGA had him as the 5th tackle on their board so they didn’t even talk to him. Problem now is UGA had better get one of their targets or they will look bad. This kid is mean, moves great and has a good head on his shoulders. This is gonna be a mistake for UGA…

ManningVols

May 4th, 2010
8:40 am

JB….
I heard he did get a call from a player named
DaRick to say he was happy the Big OL was also
going to join him in Knoxville.
No sadness going on at all (lol)

Get ready…more great news for Tennessee coming soon…

dawgday

May 4th, 2010
8:42 am

Simple Dawg, they reported on this a while ago. We have other linemen we’re targeting. You can’t offer every 300 lb kid in the southeast a scholarship. Best of luck to the young man.

JB

May 4th, 2010
8:42 am

Jon, lot’s of mistakes made every year,,,,,look at our Senior class EVERY year….We sign 20-25 kids and yet only 12-15 seniors left by the time their last year rolls around……lot’s of bumps along the way in college ball and lot’s of mistaken evaluations…..by the way, not just at Georgia.

JB

May 4th, 2010
8:47 am

Congratulations, you signed a thug who’s WORD means nothing…..I know you feel good about that. Everyone knows the Da’prick story. He upgraded his best friends school ( Vandy to Tenn)
if he came along. His “rich’ friends daddy brokered that deal. He was a Georgia lock ALL THE WAY with his word to Richt. That is a fact. We will see you guys in Athens.

JB

May 4th, 2010
8:54 am

And another thing……Da’ricks friends daddy did him ( son) a big disservice ……He’d be a lot better off
holding a clipboard at Vandy 4 years than Tennessee just purely because of the Education value of Vandy vs. Tenn. …….That is also a fact.

SmyrnaMan

May 4th, 2010
8:57 am

Its Great To Be A Tennessee Vol!

V,B!

Dawg Tired

May 4th, 2010
9:00 am

James T. Kirk – Pathetic would describe your analytical ability. The article implies he was not offered by Georgia.

jjw

May 4th, 2010
9:00 am

Let’s hope Nash Nance is the starting QB. If that happens, UT may not win a single game.

volman

May 4th, 2010
9:04 am

good pickup for the vols.,.I wouldn’t put too much into it however that the daws didn’t offer..from what i have read they are targeting otther linemen and would not be able to sign everyone..Hopefully it will work out for both programs….

Just an observation

May 4th, 2010
9:06 am

UGA fans playing the “Dawgs never offered him” game, the question I would have is why? Posey was offered by some pretty darned good programs. UT was fortunate to have the Clarke Central connection with Dooley and Chuck Smith on its side. UGA isn’t at the level where they can just go in and select whomever they want. They have been serious underachievers for the last few years. Were I a UGA supporter I would have some serious concern about my head coach passing on this caliber of player in my own back yard. That type of thing played a large part in the firing of Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee. Mark Richt is a fine, fine man, but it’s becoming quite apparent that he is in over his head in his position as a head football coach in the SEC.

Jim in Ga

May 4th, 2010
9:12 am

Chip, seriously, thanks for a recruiting article that did not point out that another one slipped away from UGA. That is my only gripe with anything you’ve written. Keep up the good work.

Barack Dawg

May 4th, 2010
9:18 am

Before you morons made your comments did you look any facts on this kid? True – UGA did not offer, neither did any other SEC school but Tennessee. UGA can’t offer everyone…He was offered by Georgia Tech, who if the nerds are so great, why did he spurn you from in state. He was offered by Cincinnati, Clemson, and Maryland as the others to make up his 5 offers. Now compare that to Watts Dantzler who has at least 15 offers from all the SEC schools and then some.

I think some college coaches have a little bit more insight that we do. With that said, that does not mean the kid won’t go to college and be great. But you can’t offer every kid in the state and assume that they will come to college as a no star and turn into a 5 star. That is not realistic.

Best of Luck to the kid….NSLABO

JB

May 4th, 2010
9:21 am

Just an observation………We’ll take our chances with the guy whose had the 3 rd best winning percentage the last nine years in Div .1…………..The last two years have been disappointing, but Mark fired the Defensive staff. It’s a start. Don’t underestimate the Dawgs. The state of Georgia is LOADED with talent and with real defensive coach’s in place, we are excited about the next few years. We wish ya’ll the best. We know the last three years have not been fun to be a Vol. This guy will be a good pick up….I’ve heard that he was told ALL 5 OL postions are open at Tennessee and you can play QUICK. He would redshirt in Athens AND probably sit another year. We are loaded on the OL.

ManningVols

May 4th, 2010
9:23 am

Posey chose UT over LSU and a long list of ACC schools.
I have seen film on AP and he just flattens people all the time.

I won’t get into all the hub bub re: DaRick and Nash. We got a great
WR who wanted to play for Dooley and another QB who can come right in
and take the snaps Stephens would have received-in the QB competition.

JB is right about all the talent in the state of georgia. We’re in fine shape with at least 2 DBs, 2 DLs, a LB, a TE, and now maybe a top WR from your fine state…

JB

May 4th, 2010
9:27 am

Manning……you are welcome….these kids have got to go somewhere……and remember, David Pollack was a 3 star player with only a handful of offers and turned into a 2 time All American at Georgia….You never know about these guys…..Yes, I do expect ya’ll to sign 10-12 from Georgia, and yes, some we would of liked to have….Best of luck.

Brew

May 4th, 2010
9:41 am

Welcome to Knoxville, Alan. Can you be on campus in August? You might start vs. UT-Martin. Just get there ASAP.

RxDawg

May 4th, 2010
9:43 am

Grats to Posey. Make the most of your time at UT kid. Will look forward to some good games between the Dawgs and Vols.

Ha!

May 4th, 2010
9:44 am

David Pollack? How is his little rascal running these days?

Bulldog59

May 4th, 2010
9:46 am

Congrats to the kid. Scout.com shows that he has one SEC offer and that is from UT. Although rivals shows offers from MSU and LSU. Jumping into the fire at UT, he’d better learn quickly, especially if he plays as a freshman, and is on the OL with other freshman. UT is in for a tough year.

BigOrange

May 4th, 2010
9:48 am

Ha- Dude. That’s just wrong. Congrats to Posey on his choice and the UT family wlcomes him.

Dawg1

May 4th, 2010
9:55 am

Congratulations to the kid for having the gifts to be able to play for a big time program. Dooley is a class guy and will better represent UT. Even if he was a 5 Star recruit, sometimes they do not want to stay home, or they are sick of the local big school. Relax, it happens.

UGA is having a very solid recruiting year that appears to be shaping up to be one of CMR’S best.