Teague switches from Gators to Vols

February, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Tennessee won one recruiting battle with Florida on Wednesday when running back/athlete Marsalis Teague of Paris, Tenn., backed off an earlier commitment to Florida and signed with the Vols.

The Vols hope to win another one later Wednesday when receiver Nu'Keese Richardson of Pahokee, Fla., makes his college choice known. Like Teague, Richardson has been committed to the Gators for some time. But there are all kinds of reports in the state of Florida that he plans to sign with the Vols. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Richardson is rated by Scouts Inc. as the No. 13 receiver prospect in the country.

Teague, a quarterback in high school, was rated by Scouts Inc. as the No. 48 athlete in the country. He's a big get for the Vols for a couple of reasons. For one, he's the kind of talented in-state prospect Lane Kiffin has to consistently land if he's going to make it at Tennessee. And two, the Vols beat Alabama and Florida to get him.

Teague should be able to play just about anywhere. He scored touchdowns running and passing last season, while also scoring touchdowns on interception, punt and kickoff returns.

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