Derek Dooley has a history of recruiting the state of Texas , look for the Vol coaching staff to expand their efforts this next recruiting season to branch out to the Lone Star State in a bigger way.
One of the state's fastest players in 2012 is already getting recruiting mail from the Volunteers.
Plano East defensive back and track star Corey Bassett confirmed with InsideTennessee.com that the Vols are definitely recruiting him. It also appears that the Texas native has some Tennessee ties as well.
"Tennessee would be a good University to go to," Bassett said. "My dad has family in Tennessee."
Bassett, a 5-foot-8, 150-pound athlete with 4.3 forty speed, started as a sophomore for Plano East who plays in the highest class in the state of Texas.
What makes Bassett such a good athlete?
"My speed and my physical play," Bassett said. "I'm a good leader on and off the field. I have a strong Christian background that keeps me leveled and balanced."
A lot of kids grow up in Texas being a Longhorn fan, not Bassett.
"I have always been a huge Baylor fan," Bassett said. "It's a school that I have always watched and admired."
Bassett isn't just a football player, it appears that he is a well established track star.
"I placed third in the 100 meters in the junior olympics last year with a 10.5 time," Bassett remembers. "I will participate in the Nike National Indoor Championships this spring."
Bassett realizes that Tennessee is a long way from home, but that appears not to be a factor in his decision making process.
"Distance won't be key," Bassett said. "I do have extended family there, it won't be a big deal at all."
Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com as we continue our early look at 2012 prospects that may be on Tennessee's radar.