A team can never have too many defensive tackles and it appears that the University of Tennessee is no exception.
Derek Dooley and his coaching staff has a good reputation in the state of Louisiana from his time coaching in that state, he is using those connections to get a head start in the Bayou State for the Class of 2012.
Junior defensive tackle Marcel Andry confirmed with InsideTennessee.com he indeed has a verbal offer from the Vols.
"They are my first offer," Andry said. "It felt great to get that first offer."
Andry, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound defender helped lead his John Curtis team to the state championship game against Evangel this season.
"We lost to Evangel in the state finals," Andry said. "We had a great season, we wanted to win it all."
Andry is familiar with the Vols and likes what he has watched this past fall.
"They have a very aggressive defensive line," Andry said. "I have enjoyed watching them play, I like watching Chris Walker play on the Vols defensive front."
It may surprise you that Andry grew up liking one SEC team, but not the one from his home state.
"I actually grew up a big Florida Gator fan," Andry laughed. "I have grown up a lot, my new favorite team will be the team that I end up playing for."
Andry feels that his hard work and dedication will help prepare him for the college level.
"My work ethic is intense," Andry said. "I love to play the game and I go all out all the time."