Tennessee lands four-star receiver recruit

It may be painful for Tennessee fans to watch their Volunteers struggle to win games in the SEC on Saturdays this season, but the future looks bright — at least on the recruiting front.

One of the best wide receivers in the 2011 class, four-star recruit DeAnthony Arnett from Saginaw, Mich., has chosen Knoxville as his college destination. Arnett chose Tennessee over Michigan, Michigan State, USC and Cal.

Derek DooleyICONDerek Dooley is putting together a talented recruiting class for 2010 at Tennessee.

The 6-foot, 167-pounder, considered the No. 2 player from the state of Michigan, obviously must be impressed with head coach Derek Dooley and his staff, especially after witnessing Michigan’s exciting win over Illinois this past weekend in person.

This is a big get for the Vols, and the future on the offensive side of the ball is promising with sophomores-to-be Tyler Bray under center and receivers Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers. Might the Vols be building a dominant aerial attack?

Arnett, UT’s second wide receiver and 18th overall commitment for 2011, had 42 catches for 782 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He added six more scores rushing and returning kicks on a 1-8 team.

We know that Dooley likes to use a lot of two-tight end formations, but he may have to eventually reconsider with so much talent and depth at receiver.

There was a lot of talk that Arnett preferred Michigan State, USC and Michigan, but he was very comfortable with Vols wide receivers coach Charlie Baggett. Ironically, Arnett began to be pursued by Tennessee when Lane Kiffin — now with the Trojans — was in town.

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