Vols trying to swing Brown late in game

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The fax machines haven't started humming just yet as National Signing Day is slightly less than two weeks away.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones and his staff are scrambling to fill needs in any way possible, even if it means arriving late to the party.

Although the Volunteers opened lines of communication earlier this winter via former graduate assistant Brandon Staley with Malik Brown, they didn't pull the trigger on letting Brown know he could play his college football in Knoxville.

That changed Thursday night as the Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., native got word of a scholarship offer.

"It's an amazing opportunity and great education," Brown told InsideTennessee via text message.

Brown originally committed to Syracuse back on Dec. 19 over offers from schools like Cincinnati, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi State and South Florida.

In spite of his offer coming so tardy in the process, Brown responded quickly and pointedly when asked if he has legit interest in Tennessee.

"Duh," he said comically.

The Vols have a connection to the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder by way of a notable alum and former William T. Dwyer High School as Curt Maggitt is poised to enter his third season on The Hill after securing a starting spot on the Tennessee defense only days after he first stepped foot on campus.

"I would love to play with Curt; it'd be a great experience," Brown said.

With just two weekends available to schedule an official visit and the Vols only having so many visitor options remaining, the clock is ticking on Brown to make his mind up on if he will trip to Knoxville. As of late Thursday night, he hadn't decided if he will make the trip north.

Here is a look at Brown in action:

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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