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Vols Pursue JC Tackle

Tennessee Recruiting

Given the range of physical and mental requirements needed to play defensive tackle in college, developing high school prospects to man such a demanding position is a tall task. That's why more Division-I schools are eliminating a lot of the guess work by recruiting Junior College D-linemen.

True, you may only have them two years, but unless its an exceptional prospect it will take at least that long to get a high school player ready to hold his own in the trenches anyway. Rationally, if a player can only help you for two seasons why would you sign him four years. Tennessee has done particularly well converting JC prospects into college ready tackles in recent years. Players such as...

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