Spring football evaluations for college coaches is all about knocking on doors, introducing themselves to high school coaches in hopes of building relationships for the future.
Tennessee Running back coach Eddie Gran, a former longtime Auburn assistant, is well known across the country, now he is recruiting a big part of Florida for the Vols, a new area and new relationships for the veteran coach.
While getting to know high school coaches is very important, another aspect of spring evaluations is finding those players that have flown beneath the radar. It appears that Tennessee found one of those players in University High School defensive end Max Beaulieu.
According to Beaulieu, Gran didn't arrive to the school looking for him, but another teammate of his, thanks to the standout defender's coach, he now has an offer from the University of Tennessee.
“Coach G came to see another teammate of mine,” Beaulieu told InsideTennessee.com. “My coach showed him my highlight tape and he said right away he liked it a lot. Said he would have to take back and get approval. They called just the other day and told me that I had the offer.”
Beaulieu, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete who runs a 4.7 forty, has four other offers, but the one from Tennessee his biggest one to date.
“Right now Wake Forest, Arkansas, Buffalo, and Tulane have offered,” Beaulieu said. “Tennessee is definitely my biggest offer so far. I have always wanted to play in the SEC.”
Beaulieu admits not knowing a lot about the Vols yet, but does realize that they sent a defensive end to the NFL in this past draft. He is also aware of Monte Kiffin and Ed Orgeron's reputation of putting defenders in the NFL.
“Getting coached by those two is an opportunity everyone doesn't get,” Beaulieu said. “Hopefully I will get to go to camp there this summer and get to know the coaching staff a lot better. I'm excited about checking out Tennessee.”
Beaulieu finished his junior season with 32 tackles and five sacks.