Vols backing off big man?

Vols backing off big man?

Tennessee's interest in one of the South's most physically imposing offensive line prospects appears to be waning ... along with his interest in Tennessee.

Josh Williford, a 6-7, 345-pounder from Houston Academy in Dothan, Ala., was not a happy camper – literally – after attending last weekend's UT Senior Camp. Williford, who already holds offers from Ole Miss and defending national champ LSU, felt snubbed by the Vol staff.

"I didn't get offered," he said. "That surprised me a little because my parents thought that was my best performance."

Extra sting came from the fact Williford is on record saying he grew up "rooting for Tennessee."

The absence of a scholarship offer was one of several unsettling developments for Williford, who believes he got the cold shoulder from Vol head coach Phillip Fulmer and offensive line coach Greg Adkins.

"Coach Adkins told me to call him on Monday," Williford said. "I tried calling Monday and again today but he wasn't taking calls. And Coach Fulmer acted like he didn't know me. It was disappointing. He was really friendly the last time I saw him."

Williford said he is "good friends" with Aubrey Phillips, a 6-6, 345-pound lineman from Olive Branch, Miss., who publicly announced for Tennessee on Saturday, adding: "I was happy he committed."

Williford, who also is friends with current Vol offensive lineman Cody Pope, seemed a little bewildered as he discussed his recruitment by telephone from his Dothan home.

"Tennessee was in my top five," he said, "but since I haven't head anything, I guess I have a top four now," he said. "The four would be LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and Duke – in no particular order."

Williford said the main things he's looking for in a school are "a good academic support program, prestige and a family atmosphere."

Although the rest of his summer is somewhat uncertain, he said he is "going to make an unofficial visit to LSU and check out the veterinary program."

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