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The Vol Signing Class of 1996
Name Position HT/WT/40 Hometown Remarks
Mikki Allen DB 6-0  175  4.5 Murfreesboro, TN #8 DB in Southeast
Buck Buxton DL 6-5  270 Girard, GA 1st Team JUCO AA
Toby Champion DL 6-4  280 Humboldt, TN #9 DL in Southeast
Ikie Curry TE 6-4  225  4.6 Gaffney, SC #4 TE in Atlantic Region
Brian Darden RB 6-0  190  4.5 Vicksburg, MS Parade AA, #1 RB in U.S.
Eric Diogu  TE 6-3  240  4.8 Garland, TX #43 Prospect in SW
Derrick Edmonds  RB/DB 5-11  180  4.3 Tampa, FL #5 DB in SE
Shaun Ellis  DL 6-4  230 Anderson, SC #9 DL in Nation (PQ)
Bernard Gooden OL 6-3  300 Bradenton, FL Hon Men USA Today AA
Dwayne Goodrich DB 6-0  180  4.4 Oak Lawn, IL #1 DB in Nation
Tyrone Graham WR 5-9  150  4.4 High Point, NC 3-Time All-Conf WR
Gerald Griffin DB 6-1  160  4.5 Murfreesboro, TN #1 FS in Nation
Khori Ivy WR 6-2  185  4.5 Boca Raton, FL #6 WR in SE
Neil Johnson TE 6-5  230  4.7 Nashville, TN #6 TE in SE
David Leaverton PK/P 6-4  200 Midland, TX USA Today AA
Tamaurice Martin QB 6-3  215  4.5 Mobile, AL Parade AA; #3 QB in SE
Vernon Maxwell RB 6-0  205  4.5 Midwest City, OK Parade AA; Natl Top 100
George Ross WR/DB 6-2  170  4.5 Orlando, FL Blue Chips All-SE Region
Corey Terry DE 6-4  255 Garden City, KS #1 JUCO Prospect
Raynoch Thompson LB 6-3  215  4.5 New Orleans, LA #8 LB in Southeast
Josh Tucker  OL 6-5  290 Skyland, NC #2 OL in Atlantic Region
Eric Westmoreland RB/DB 6-0  195  4.5 Jasper, TN SuperPrep All-Dixie 100
Signee Bios
(Courtesy, University of Tennessee)
Mikki Allen
DB, 6-0  175
Brentwood, TN (Brentwood Academy)
All-State, All Mid-State, All-Metro...Member of Knoxville News-Sentinel Top 25...
Three-year starter at wide receiver and defensive back...Played in state finals sophomore
and senior years, winning title as a senior...Brentwood Academy posted a 15-0 record
and was ranked #6 in nation by USA Today...Caught 38 passes for 860 yards as a
senior...Averaged 10.4 points and 8 rebounds in basketball and batted .490 as a
second baseman on Brentwood baseball team...Coach at Brentwood Academy: Carlton
Flatt...Full name: Michael Ricardo Allen Jr....Born Nov. 15, 1977.

"Buck" Buxton
Line, 6-5  270
Girard, Ga (Northeast Oklahoma A&M Jr College)
JUNIOR COLLEGE Listed in SuperPrep Magazine's Top 100 Junior College
players...First-team Junior College All-America...Started two years at defensive
end, recording 73 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior...Coach at NE Oklahoma A&M:
Mike Lloyd...HIGH SCHOOL -Earned All-State honors while playing defensive
end and tight end...Named best defensive end and receiver for two years...Junior and
senior teams posted 7-3 records...Cousin of Vol lineman Mercedes Hamilton...Coach
at Burke Comprehensive High School: Rick Umpleby...Full name: William Buxton...
Born Aug 27, 1976.

Toby Champion
Line, 6-4, 280
Humboldt, Tenn. (Humboldt)
Listed in Dixie Top 100...All-State defensive end...Earned All-West Tennessee
honors as offensive tackle in 1994...Received All-Region honors for three straight
years, twice on offense and twice on defense...Started at defensive end and
offensive tackle during senior year...Made more than 100 tackles with 10 sacks
as a senior...Led team to 13-2 record and into Class 3A state championship game...
Sophomore and junior teams reached playoffs, finishing 7-4 and 9-3 respectively...
His freshman team attained state semifinals with 12-2 mark...Competed in shot put
and discus...Coach at Humboldt High School: John Tucker...Full name: DelAnthony
LaRohn Champion...Born Feb 20, 1977.

Ikie Curry
Line, 6-4  225
Gaffney, S.C.
No profile available...never lettered for Tennessee

Brian Darden
Back, 6-0, 190
Vicksburg, Miss. (Warren Central)
Original 1995 Signee, attended Fork Union Military Academy to overcome academic
deficiencies...A consensus All-America, he was selected by Parade Magazine,
Scholastic Coach, and USA Today for a variety of national honors, and was listed
as best running back in the nation by Max Emfinger...All-State and Mississippi Player
of the Year...Named Southeast Offensive Player of the Year by Tom Lemming...Named
#1 Player in the Southeast by Chattanooga Times...Led team to 14-1 record and 5A state
championship in 1994...With career total of 4919 rushing yards, he rolled up 2238 yards
and had 29 touchdowns as a senior...Previous season he ran for 1768 yards and 29 TDs...
Had 919 yards and 20 TDs as a sophomore...Scored Mississippi 5A record 78 career
touchdowns...High school's record over three years was 38-5...Ran track...Coach at
Warren Central High: Robert Morgan.  Full name: Brian Keith Darden...Born Sept 13, 1975.

Eric Diogu
Line, 6-3, 240
Garland, Tex. (Lakeview Centennial)
Started two seasons at tight end after a year as reserve...Earned Second-Team All-
District honors as a senior when he helped team to 9-1-1 record and playoff berth...
Credited with 15 "pancake blocks" against Arlington-Martin High School...Coach
at Lakeview Centennial High School: Alton Hill...Full name: Eric Chidi Diogu...Born
Nov. 8, 1978.

Derrick Edmonds
Back, 5-11, 180
Tampa, Fla. (Hillsborough)
Tabbed as the #5 defensive back in the Southeast Region by Blue Chip Illustrated...
Rushed for 1579 yards on 177 carries and scored 23 TDs on a team that finished
the regular season unbeaten at 10-0...Earned All-State, All-District, All-Conference
and All-Sun Coast honors as a senior...Garnered team and District MVP honors...
Gained over 100 yards rushing in all 10 games, including three games of over 200
yards...Scored a school-record six rushing touchdowns against Countryside HS...
Set a school record with a 99-yard touchdown run against Bloomingdale HS...
helped lead sophomore and junior squads to 9-1 records...Also competed in track,
running in the 4X100 relay and participated in the state track meet...Clocked a personal
best in the 40 of 4.3 seconds...Hillsborough HS Coach: Earl Garcia...Full name:
Derrick Davon Edmonds...Born July 20, 1976.

Shaun Ellis
Line, 6-4, 230
Anderson, S.C. (Westside)
Ranked among nation's Top 100 prospects by Scholastic Coach magazine...All
State as senior after making second team All-State as a junior...Three  times All-
Region...Team went 12-2 his senior season, reaching state semifinals...In senior
season, he had 174 tackles, including 35 sacks...Against Dorman High School,
he had 19 tackles and seven sacks...A four-year starter...Played defensive end,
outside linebacker, defensive tackle, and tight end...All-State in basketball as a
junior...Coach at Westside High School: Ted Luckadoo...Full name: MaShaundra
Pizrarrur Ellis...Born June 24, 1977.
Bernard Gooden
Line, 6-3, 300
Bradenton, Fla. (Manatee)
All-America selection of Blue Chip Illustrated, Street and Smith, and The Sporting
News...Honorable Mention USA Today All-America...Played defensive tackle
and nose guard for two years before moving to offensive guard for senior season...
Three-year starter at Manatee High School, which had 8-2 record his senior season,
following 12-3 and 11-3 campaigns...All-State, All-Area and All-Region both junior
and senior years...Manatee reached championship game his sophomore season...Shot
put performer with track and field team...Coach at Manatee High School: Joe Kinnan...
Full name: Bernard Felton Gooden...Born Dec. 26, 1977.

Dwayne Goodrich
Back, 6-0, 180
Oak Lawn, Ill. (H.L. Richards)
Named to USA Today All-America defensive team...Parade All-America...
National defensive player of the year as rated by Tom Lemming...All-State,
All-Conference, All-Area...Two-year starter at tailback and cornerback...
Had 41 tackles, six interceptions, and 18 passes broken up...Returned seven
kickoffs or punts for touchdowns last two years...School had 10-2 and 12-1
records last two years...Rushed for 563 yards on 61 carries as a senior and
scored 17 career touchdowns...Sprinter in track...Coach at H.L. Richards
High School: Gary Korhonen...Full name: Dwayne Lewis Goodrich...Born
May 29, 1978.

Tyrone Graham
Back, 5-9, 160
High Point, N.C. (T.W. Andrews)
All-Conference three times and Honorable Mention All-State as a junior and senior...
Started freshman season at cornerback, and then was switched to flanker for last
three years...Caught 40 passes for 810 yards and averaged 45 yards on kickoff
returns...Had three kickoff and two punt returns for touchdowns senior season...His
team went 45-7 for his four varsity years, reaching state finals in sophomore season...
Ran sprints and relays for track team...Coach at T.W. Andrews High School: Charlie
Metcalf...Full name: Kinte Tyrone Graham...Born April 27, 1977.

Gerald Griffin
Back, 6-1, 160
Murfreesboro  (Riverdale)
Highly ranked coming out of high school, he was considered the number one prospect
in Tennessee...Midstate player of the year as selected by Lawrenceburg Touchdown
Club...Started at free safety and cornerback, where he had 10 interceptions as a senior...
Also recorded 70 tackles his senior season...Started three years as wide receiver and
caught 60 passes for 18 touchdowns...Also returned punts and kickoffs...Led his team
to state championship as a junior and then back to finals with 15-0 and 12-3 records...
Averaged 20 points in basketball...Coach at Riverdale High School: Gary Rankin...
Full name: Gerald Jermaine Griffin...Born Dec. 10, 1977.

Khori Ivy
Back, 6-2, 185
Boca Raton, Fla. 
No profile available...never lettered for Tennessee...transferred to West Virginia.

Neil Johnson
Line, 6-5, 230
Nashville (Franklin Road Academy)
Listed as No. 6 tight end in Southeast by Blue Chip Magazine...Three-year starter,
beginning as a sophomore defensive end, then as a junior tight end and defensive
tackle, and finally as a senior tight end and linebacker...His teams went 7-3, 8-3,
and 9-3, making state playoffs each year...All-State and All-Metro...Caught 20 passes
for 489 yards and eight touchdowns senior season...Led team with 100 tackles...
Also played basketball and ran track...Coach at Franklin Road Academy: George
Weicker...Full name: Neil Roberts Johnson...Born Dec. 18, 1977.

David Leaverton
Kicker, 6-4, 200
Midland, Texas (Midland)
First team USA Today All-America...Rated No. 2 punter/kicker in the nation by
National Recruiting Advisor...First team All-State...Hit on seven of eight field
goal opportunities as a senior, including a 62-yarder against Odessa Permian...
Made all 17 extra points...Averaged 43.1 yards per punt on 46 tries...A two-year
regular as both placekicker and punter...Had 11 punts downed inside the 10...Of
his kickoffs, 70 percent were touchbacks...Had 82.4 percent field goal accuracy
for career...Never missed a field goal inside 40 yards...Played in 1996 Shrine
California-Texas All-Star Classic...Played basketball as a junior...Coach at Midland
High School: Ronnie Reeger...Full name: David Browder Leaverton...Born April 1, 1978.

Tamaurice "Tee" Martin
Back, 6-3, 215
Mobile, Ala. (Williamson)
Parade All-America...Rated No. 1 prospect in Alabama...All-State as quarterback and
punter...A two-time All-State quarterback...A four-year starter at quarterback who passed
for 2058 yards with 21 TDs and nine interceptions while completing 176 of 269 passes
as a junior...Had over 1400 yards of total offense with 18 TDs in only eight games as a
senior...Completed 62 of 136 passes for 1003 yards and 8 TDs in senior year...For career
he completed 245 of 558 passes for 4054 yards and 36 TDs, while rushing for 1035 yards
and 13 touchdowns...Averaged 43.3 yards as a punter...Team made state playoffs twice
in his career...Also participated in track and basketball...Coach at Williamson High School:
Curtis Horton...Full name: Tamaurice Nigel Martin...Born July 25, 1978.

Vernon Maxwell
 Back, 6-0, 205
 Midwest City, Okla.
 No profile available...rated among the Top 100 prospects in the nation and one of the
 top 10 running backs, Maxwell was drafted in the Major League Baseball draft and
 signed a pro baseball contract...never played a down for Tennessee.

George Ross
Back, 6-2 , 170
Orlando, Fla.
No profile available...never lettered for Tennessee.

Corey Terry
Line, 6-4, 255
Warrenton, NC (Garden City CC, Kansas)
JUNIOR COLLEGE -Second-team All-America while compiling 21 sacks...Jayhawk
Conference Defensive Player of the Year...Redshirted as a freshman tailback, after
which he was switched to defense to coincide with his increase in size...Garden City
finished the season at 9-2 by posting a 26-24 win over Glendale, Ariz., in the Valley
of the Sun Bowl...Coach at Garden City CC: Jeff Leiker...HIGH SCHOOL -As a
tailback he was a three-year starter and as linebacker he was a four-year starter...All-
Conference and All-Capital area as a runner...Ran track and played basketball...Coach
at Warren County High School: Bill Frazier...Full name: Corey TeWana Terry...Born
March 6, 1976.

Raynoch Thompson
Back, 6-3, 215
New Orleans, La. (St. Augustine)
Quickness and speed helped him make more than 100 tackles and 15 sacks as a
senior...All-America as picked by SuperPrep magazine...A three-year starter, he
was strong safety as sophomore and outside linebacker as junior and senior...All-
Conference and All-District...Team made state playoffs in two of his three varsity
seasons...Participated in track...Coach at St. Augustine High School: Tony Biagas...
Full name: Raynoch Joseph Thompson...Born Nov. 21, 1977.

Josh Tucker
Line, 6-5, 290
Skyland, N.C. (T.C. Robertson)
All-State, All-Region...MVP at his school both junior and senior years...Averaged
eight tackles a game...Starter in annual North Carolina-South Carolina all-star game...
Three-year starter at offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and nose guard...Holds school
record with eight sacks his senior season...Played lead blocking role in backfield his
senior season and averaged 5.1 yards per carry...Threw shot put in track...Coach at
T.C Robertson High School: Jerry Wilkins...Full name: Joshua Levar Tucker...Born
Aug 5, 1978.

Eric Westmoreland
Back, 6-0, 195
Jasper (Marion County)
Tennessee's Class AAA Mr. Football as a senior...Two-time All-State and Three-time
All-Region and All-District...MVP in 1994 and 1995 on state championship teams...
Four-year starter who helped lead Marion County to three state championships and
overall record of 56-1 (15-0, 11-1, 15-0, 15-0)...Rushed for 2359 yards and scored
40 touchdowns as a senior...Had a game of 271 yards versus Lenoir City...Averaged
more than 100 yards rushing in all playoff games...Finished career with almost 6,000
yards rushing and 85 touchdowns...On defense in his senior year he made 85 tackles,
four tackles for a loss, fumble recovery, three fumbles caused, and five interceptions...
Four-year starter at defensive back and two-year starter at tailback...Lawrenceburg
Quarterback Club Prep Player of the Year in 1995...Also played baseball...Full name:
Eric Lebron Westmoreland...Born March 11, 1977.

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