'It blew my mind'

At least one in-state prospect attending Tennessee football's Junior Day on Saturday appears ready to be a "Vol for Life" right now.

That would be Nat Parham, a 6-0, 194-pound linebacker prospect from Parsons Riverside High School in Decaturville.

When asked about his visit, Parham replied: "It's amazing. It blew my mind, to tell you the truth. It's amazing."

Asked what he enjoyed most about his tour of the campus, Parham literally beamed as he answered, "All of it."

Because he is accustomed to the small-school facilities in Decaturville, he was understandably impressed with what Tennessee has to offer.

"The locker room really got me," he said. "I want to be there. Hopefully, I will."

Parham grew up a Vol fan and grew even more attached to the Big Orange after meeting with Tennessee's head man, Derek Dooley.

"He's a pretty nice guy," Parham said. "I like what he's doing with the program. He's a good man."

Although he has watched dozens of Tennessee games on TV, Parham says seeing the program up close and personal was a unique experience.

"It's different. Way different," he said. "It's definitely somewhere I want to be."

Although Middle Tennessee State is showing keen interest in him, Parham said he has not yet gotten any firm scholarship offers.

"Nothing good," he said. "I'll see what happens."

It appears that Tennessee has Parham if it comes through with a scholarship offer. If not, he is such a big fan of SEC football that he probably will attend one of the Vols' conference rivals. The top teams on his Plan B list are not surprising.

"Alabama and Florida," he said. "I go to Alabama in March and Florida sometime soon."

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