Tennessee Football Team Welcomes 10 Newcomers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee football program welcomes 10 incoming student-athletes for the Spring 2015 semester. The list of those joining the Vols includes the following:

PlayerPos.HtWt.Yr.247    ESPN RivalsScoutHometown/High School/Prev. School

Andrew ButcherDL6-2245Fr.3-star4-star4-star3-starAlpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta

Quinten DormadyQB6-4200Fr.4-star4-star4-star3-starBoerne, Texas/Boerne

Stephen GriffinDB6-2185Fr.3-star3-star3-star3-starCharlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg

Chance HallOL6-5315Fr.3-star4-star3-star3-starRoanoke, Va./Northside

Jauan JenningsQB6-4200Fr.4-star4-star4-star4-starMurfreesboro, Tenn./Blackman

Jack JonesOL6-5300Fr.4-star4-star4-star4-starMurfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland

Alvin KamaraRB5-11195R-So.4-star4-star5-star5-starNorcross, Ga./Norcross/Hutchinson CC

Darrin Kirkland Jr.LB6-1225Fr.4-star4-star4-star4-starIndianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central

Kyle PhillipsDL6-4250Fr.5-star4-star4-star4-starNashville, Tenn./Hillsboro

Shy TuttleDL6-3315Fr.5-star4-star4-star4-starWinston-Salem, N.C./North Davidson

The following contains biographical information on each of the 10 new members of the Tennessee football team:


Freshman • Defensive Line • 6-2 • 245
Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta H.S.

Defensive Line Coach Steve Stripling on Butcher: "Andrew comes from a very successful program and has an excellent knowledge of the technique used in college. He has a great football mentality and motor. Andrew is very physical and self-motivated. We welcome him to our football family."

Prospect Rankings
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 11 strong side defensive end, No. 24 prospect in Georgia)
ESPN: 4-star(No. 67 overall prospect No. 8 defensive end, No. 11 prospect in Georgia)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 5 weak side defensive end, No. 16 prospect in Georgia)
Scout: 3-star (No. 58 defensive end, No. 6 prospect in Georgia)

At Alpharetta High School:

·        Lettered at Alpharetta High School for coach Jacob Nichols

·        2015 Under Armour All-American

·        Member of ESPN 300

·        Two-time all-state selection in Georgia in 2013 and 2014

·        Piled up 167 career tackles and 23.5 sacks in prep career

·        Named All-Region 6-AAAAAAA Defensive Player of the Year

·        Led Raiders region championship and 10-2 record in 2014

·        Team allowed only nine points per game in regular season

·        Topped team with 89 tackles and 18 sacks as a senior

·        Forced and recovered four fumbles and broke up five passes in 2014

·        As a junior in 2013, had 78 tackles including 13 sacks

·        High school teammates with Vols quarterback Joshua Dobbs


·        Full Name: Andrew Lee Butcher

·        Born: Feb. 15, 1997 in Alpharetta, Ga.

·        Son of Kathleen and Brian Butcher

·        Brother of Hannah

·        Father Brian was a star guard at Clemson and was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1983 NFL Draft


Freshman • Quarterback • 6-4 • 200
Boerne, Texas/Boerne H.S.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian on Dormady:"We are excited to welcome Quinten to our football family. He is an accurate passer with a quick release who possesses a skill set that will help him excel in our offense. As the son of a coach, Quinten has been around the game his entire life and exhibits all the intangibles you look for in a leader and a quarterback."

Prospect Rankings
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 5 pro-style quarterback, No. 24 prospect in Texas)
ESPN: 4-star(No. 14 pro-style quarterback, No. 45 prospect in Texas)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 12 pro-style quarterback, No. 37 prospect in Texas)
Scout: 3-star (No. 28 quarterback, No. 4 quarterback in Texas)

At Boerne High School:

·        Lettered at Boerne High School, playing under his father Mike Dormady

·        Totaled nearly 6,000 passing yards in two varsity seasons with 59 touchdown passes

·        Threw for 2,893 yards on 210-of-369 with 32 touchdowns as a senior in 2014

·        Also rushed for five touchdowns and 261 yards

·        Guided Greyhounds to an 8-3 record and a berth in the playoffs as a senior

·        Threw four or more touchdowns in five different games and 300-plus yards in four games

·        Opened season with 409 passing yards with five touchdowns in win

·        Threw multiple touchdowns in every game except for one as a senior

·        Missed his junior season with a torn labrum

·        Honorable mention all-state as a sophomore

·        As a sophomore in 2012, threw for 3,010 yards on 228-of-372 with 27 touchdowns and just nine interceptions

·        Also played baseball with the Greyhounds


·        Full name: Quinten Michael Dormady

·        Born: Feb. 19, 1996 in West Union, Iowa

·        Son of Mike and Lisa Dormady

·        Brother of Marcus and twin sisters Breck and McKenna

·        Hometown and high school name is pronounced: Burnie



Freshman • Defensive Back • 6-2 • 185
Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg H.S.

Defensive Backs Coach Willie Martinez on Griffin:"Stephen is a tremendous athlete who can make great plays in space and with the ball. He is very smart and a knowledgeable football player as he played on both sides of the ball in high school. He knows the game and can anticipate very well. I expect him to become an impact player. We are happy to have him at Tennessee."

Prospect Rankings
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 53 safety, No. 27 prospect in North Carolina)
ESPN: 3-star(No. 46 safety, No. 22 prospect in North Carolina)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 43 safety, No. 18 prospect in North Carolina)
Scout: 3-star (No. 46 safety, No. 2 safety in North Carolina) 

At South Mecklenburg High School:

·        Lettered at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte for coach Rocky White

·        Named Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Defensive Player of the Year in 2014

·        All-Mecklenburg County and all-conference as a senior and junior

·        Racked up 73 tackles, six tackles for a loss along with three interceptions as a senior in 2014

·        As a junior in 2013, posted 80 tackles and had 11 pass break-ups with three interceptions

·        Played quarterback as a junior and rushed for 543 yards and three touchdowns


·        Full Name: Stephen Brannon Griffin

·        Born: Nov. 14, 1996 in Augusta, Ga.

·        Lived in Knoxville, Tenn., during his youth

·        Son of Amanda and Steve Griffin

·        Father Steve was a running back at Clemson


Freshman • Offensive Line • 6-5 • 315
Roanoke, Va./Northside H.S.

Offensive Line Coach Don Mahoney on Hall: "Chance has tremendous size and ability and has showed that on both sides of the ball. He comes from a very well-coached program. He is a very mature and I like his approach to both his academics and football. We are excited to have him join our family."

Prospect Rankings
247 Sports: 3-star (No. 49 offensive tackle No. 21 prospect in Virginia)
ESPN: 4-star(No. 43 offensive tackle, No. 14 prospect in Virginia)
Rivals: 3-star (No. 28 prospect in Virginia)
Scout: 3-star (No. 89 offensive tackle, No. 2 offensive tackle in Virginia)

At Northside High School:

·        Lettered at Chance Hall at Northside High School in Roanoke, Va., for coach Burt Torrence

·        Sat out the 2014 season with a torn Achilles tendon

·        First-team all-state in Virginia as a junior in 2013 on both the offensive and defensive lines

·        Helped Vikings to Virginia State Championship in 2013

·        Also played basketball in high school, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds per game



·        Full Name: Chance Allen Hall

·        Born: May 27, 1997 in Roanoke, Va.

·        Son of Donna Hall and Bo Hall

·        Brother of Rae and Bryce Hall


Freshman • Quarterback • 6-4 • 200
Mufreesboro, Tenn./Blackman H.S.

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian on Jennings:" We are thrilled to add Jauan to our football roster at mid-year. He is a fierce competitor who is a proven winner, advancing deep into the Tennessee state playoffs in each of the last two years. As a dual-sport athlete in high school, Jauan brings great athleticism and a diverse skill set to our offense."

Prospect Rankings 247 Sports: 4-star (No. 7 dual-threat quarterback, No. 6 prospect in Tennessee) ESPN: 4-star(No. 16 athlete, No. 7 prospect in Tennessee) Rivals: 4-star (No. 12 dual-threat quarterback, No. 8 prospect in Tennessee) Scout: 4-star (No. 19 safety, No. 1 safety in Tennessee)

At Blackman High School:

·        Lettered at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for coach Phillip Shadowens

·        Honored as the 2014 Tennessee Mr. Football Division I Class AAA Back of the Year

·        Named The Tennessean Player of the Year in 2014

·        First team All-State and All-District as a senior

·        Passed for 2,155 yards with 22 touchdowns passes as a senior

·        Ran for 883 yards with 17 touchdowns in leading the Blaze to an 11-2 record and district title

·        Also played basketball (averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game) and ran track for the Blaze

·        Coached by former Tennessee basketball player Lang Wiseman during his youth career



·        Full name: Bennie Jauan Jennings

·        Born: July 10, 1997 in Cowan, Tenn.

·        Son of Angela Holman and Bennie Jennings

·        Brother of Alexis, Kendal Jennings and Elizabeth, Tinae and Tony Holman

·        Sister Alexis Jennings plays basketball at the University of Kentucky


Freshman • Offensive Line • 6-5 • 300
Mufreesboro, Tenn./Oakland H.S. 

Offensive line coach Don Mahoney on Jones: "Jack plays with toughness and the hard edge we strive for and expect in our players. He comes from a tremendous program that has a football way of life in how they train, which will make his transition to college easier. Jack has shown the ability to play both tackle and guard, and we really value his versatility. We love his overall toughness as he joins our family."

Prospect Rankings
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 16 offensive tackle, No. 5 prospect in Tennessee)
ESPN: 4-star(No. 9 offensive guard, No. 2 prospect in Tennessee)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 9 offensive tackle, No. 2 prospect in Tennessee)
Scout: 4-star (No. 30 offensive tackle, No. 2 offensive tackle in Tennessee)

At Oakland High School:

·        Lettered at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., for coach Thomas McDaniel

·        2015 Under Armour All-American

·        Honored as Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year in both 2013 and 2014

·        All-state selection in Tennessee as a junior and senior

·        Posted 125 pancake blocks as a senior, despite missing three games with a knee injury

·        Helped Patriots to a 14-2 record as a senior

·        Played both offensive and defensive line

·        Had 121 pancake blocks as a junior

·        Also played basketball in high school

·        Served as class president, member of FCA and Young Life in high school



·        Full name: John Claude Jones IV

·        Born: Sept. 30, 1996 in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

·        Son of John and Tracy Jones

·        Brother of Pruitt, Liza Jane and Mary Margaret


R-Sophomore • Running Back • 5-11 • 195
Norcross, Ga. • Norcross H.S./Alabama/Hutchinson C.C. (Kansas)

Running backs coach Robert Gillespie on Kamara:"Alvin is anextremely competitive kid. He has an explosive element to his game that will allow him to help us immediately. I’m excited to coach him this Spring and believe that his addition will create a healthy competition in the running backs room."

Prospect Rankings 
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 4 JUCO overall prospect, No. 2 JUCO running back, No. 2 JUCO prospect in Kansas)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 2 JUCO overall prospect, No. 2 JUCO running back)
Rivals: 5-star
Scout: 5-star

2014 – R-FreshmanAt Hutchinson Community College:

·        Played 2014 season at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas for coach Rion Rhoades

·        Named KJCCC Offensive Player of the Year

·        In nine games, ran for 1,211 yards (134.6 per game) with 18 touchdowns

·        Led Blue Dragons with 1,469 yards of total offense and 21 touchdowns

·        Caught 18 passes for 219 yards and three receiving touchdowns

·        Helped Blue Dragons to school-record 11 victories and No. 4 national JUCO ranking

·        Rushed for 100-plus yards in eight of nine games including first seven of the season

·        Ran for career-best 220 yards and four touchdowns in win over Iowa Central (9/20) as hetotaled283 all-purpose yards

·        Follows in thefootstepsof NFL Pro Bowler Cordarrelle Patterson in joining Tennessee after playing at Hutchinson


2013 – FreshmanAt Alabama:

·        Redshirt season as a true freshman at the University of Alabama


At Norcross High School

·        Lettered at Norcross High School in Georgia for coach Keith Maloof

·        No. 1 all-purpose back in the 247Composite, the No. 5 player in Georgia and the No. 42 player nationally

·        Nation’s No. 2 all-purpose by Rivals.com and the No. 45 player in the Rivals100

·        Ranked as the No. 6 player in Georgia byRivals

·        Selected to participate in the 2013 Under Armour All-American Game

·        No. 32 in the ESPN150 and the No. 4 running back and No. 4 player in Georgia

·        247Sportslisted him as the No. 3 all-purpose back and the No. 7 player in Georgia, while ranking him 66thin the Top247

·        Invited to "The Opening" in the summer of 2012 on the Nike campus in Oregon

·        Rushed for 2,264 yards and 26 touchdowns while averaging 7.5 yards per carry as a senior in 2012

·        Added 22 receptions for 286 yards and five scores

·        Second-team All-American as a running back byMaxPreps



·        Full name: Alvin Mentian Kamara

·        Born: July 25, 1995 in Atlanta, Ga.

·        Son of Adama Kamara


Freshman • Linebacker • 6-1 • 225
Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence Central H.S. 

Linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen on Kirkland:"Darrin is a perfect linebacker in today’s game in terms of his speed and size. He can play in space and is very physical versus the run. His football IQ is better than most second-year players, and we are thrilled to have him joining our football family."

Prospect Rankings
247 Sports: 4-star (No. 4 inside linebacker, No. 2 prospect in Indiana)
ESPN: 4-star(No. 7 inside linebacker, No. 1 prospect in Indiana)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 7 inside linebacker, No. 1 prospect in Indiana)
Scout: 4-star (No. 5 middle linebacker, No. 1 prospect in Midwest)

At Lawrence Central High School:

·        Lettered at Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind., for coach Jed Richman

·        Played in U.S. Army All-American Game in 2015

·        Named MaxPreps All-American in 2014

·        Participated in The Opening in 2014

·        Named to Indianapolis Star Super Team as a senior in 2014

·        Honored as all-state in Indiana in both 2013 and 2014

·        First team all-conference as a junior and senior

·        Had 367 tackles in his three-year prep career

·        Piled up 121 tackles as a senior, including 13.5 tackles for loss along with three interceptions in 2014

·        Had 108 tackles as a junior in 2013 and 138 as a sophomore in 2012

·        Helped Bears to 2012 Indiana State Championship and perfect 14-0 record

·        Played played basketball in high school

·        Earned Honor Roll every semester in high school



·        Full name: Darrin Keith Kirkland Jr.

·        Born: Oct. 4, 1996 in Indianapolis, Ind.

·        Son of Stephanie and Darrin Kirkland Sr.

·        Brother of Derrick and Dean Kirkland


Freshman • Defensive Line • 6-4 • 250
Nashville, Tenn./Hillsboro H.S. 

Defensive Line Coach Steve Stripling On Phillips: "Kyle has size, range and speed and is just starting to realize his potential. Being a mid-year addition will be a great benefit for his development. He has all the tools to be successful at the University of Tennessee."

Prospect Rankings
247 Sports: 5-star (No. 7 strong side defensive end, No. 2 prospect in Tennessee)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 18 defensive tackle, No. 5 prospect in Tennessee)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 11 strong side defensive end, No. 3 prospect in Tennessee) 
Scout: 4-star(No. 12 defensive end, No. 1 defensive end in Tennessee)

At Hillsboro High School:

·        Lettered at Hillsboro High School in Nashville, Tenn., for coach Louis C. Clayton

·        Played in 2015 Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas

·        Had 33 sacks in three seasons at Hillsboro

·        Named All-Midstate and to Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen in 2014

·        Posted 58 tackles with 22.5 tackles for loss with 13 sacks as a senior in 2014

·        Helped Burros to a 14-1 record and Tennessee State Class 5A Championship game

·        Recorded eight sacks in 2013 junior season before suffering injury

·        Posted 35 tackles with 12 sacks and five forced fumbles as a sophomore



·        Full Name: Kyle Phillips

·        Born: Oct. 20, 1995

·        Son of Teresa Phillips

·        Mother serves as the Director of Athletics at Tennessee State University in Nashville



Freshman • Defensive Line • 6-3 • 315
Winston-Salem, N.C. • North Davidson H.S. 

Defensive Line Coach Steve Stripling On Tuttle: "Shy is very competitive and plays with a big man mentality. His size and use of hands make him a force on the inside. We are excited to have him join our program."

Prospect Rankings
247 Sports: 5-star (No. 24 overall prospect, No. 5 defensive tackle, No. 1 prospect in North Carolina)
ESPN: 4-star (No. 41 overall prospect, No. 6 defensive tackle, No. 1 prospect in North Carolina)
Rivals: 4-star (No. 55 overall prospect, No. 7 defensive tackle, No. 2 prospect in North Carolina)
Scout: 4-star(No. 83 overall prospect, No. 9 defensive tackle, No. 1 defensive tackle in North Carolina)

At North Davidson High School:

·        Lettered at North Davidson High School in Winston-Salem, N.C., for coach Mark Holcomb

·        Played in 2015 Under Armour All-American Game

·        Selected to 2014 Shrine Bowl

·        Member of ESPN 300

·        Four-year starter and three-time All-Northwest selection

·        In four years with the Knights, had 315 tackles, 66 tackles for loss and 35 sacks

·        Three-time CPC pick

·        Acclaimed as one of the `most highly-recruited players’ out of Northwest North Carolina by Journal Now

·        Posted 67 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss with five sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior in 2014

·        Helped Knights to an 11-2 record as a senior

·        As a junior in 2013, had 77 tackles, nine TFLs and three sacks

·        Named a Sophomore All-American by MaxPreps in 2012

·        Had 97 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss and 18 sacks as a sophomore

·        Began prep career with 74 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a freshman in 2011

·        Also played basketball and competed in track and field with the Knights



·        Full Name: Shyheim Devonte Tuttle

·        Born: Oct. 20, 1995 in Midway, N.C.

·        Son of Consuelo Tuttle




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