Tennessee lineman loves the Vols

A team can never have enough big men on its team. Tennessee is no exception, while the Vols have a lot of young linemen, Derek Dooley and staff are still recruiting a few good men. One of those linemen appears to be Tennessee's Henry County Andrew Jelks. Go "Inside" for the latest on Jelk's recruitment.

A team can never have enough big men on its team.

Tennessee is no exception, while the Vols have a lot of young linemen, Derek Dooley and staff are still recruiting a few good men.

One of those linemen appears to be Tennessee's Henry County Andrew Jelks.

InsideTennessee.com caught up with Jelks to get his thoughts on recruiting and gage his interest in the Volunteers.

It appears that Jelks has grown up Orange and White.

"My dad has had season tickets at Tennessee as long as I can remember," Jelks said. "I'm a big Volunteer fan."

While Jelks can't count how many UT games he has been during his lifetime, his last two trips he remembers well.

"The last couple of years I have only been to a game once a year, I have been busy playing ball," Jelks said. "I went to the Kentucky game this past season and the South Carolina game the year before during the Black Jersey game."

What did the talented in state lineman think of the "Black Out"?

"I didn't like them like everyone else did," Jelks said. "I'm big on Orange and White."

Jelks, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound athlete with a 5.0 flat forty time, currently has two offers, one from Duke and one from Arkansas State.

"Duke was my first offer," Jelks said. "It really felt good to get that first offer out of the way. Arkansas State recently offered as well."

Jelks apparently is impressed with Tennessee's new coaching staff.

"I really like Coach Hiestand a lot," Jelks said. "He is the type coach I would love to play for. I like what Coach Dooley is doing for the program, his Vol for Life program is great."

It appears that Tennessee wouldn't have to do a lot of convincing if the Vols were to offer.

"They probably wouldn't have to twist my arm a lot," Jelks laughed. "It would be a dream come true. I have liked Tennessee as long as I can remember. You can't beat the atmosphere at Rocky Top."

Jelks will take an unofficial visit to Knoxville in the near future.


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