Tennessee offer excites 4-Star DT

Tennessee definitely has a need at the defensive tackle position. One Illinois DT recently picked up a Tennessee offer. Go "Inside" to see what Jaleel Johnson had to say about the Volunteers and his recent offer. Will he visit Knoxville this summer?

Tennessee's need at the defensive tackle seems to be the theme of the day in regards to Vol's recruiting efforts.

An Illinois Scout.com four star defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson received an offer from UT last week.

It appears the offer caught the standout defender a little off guard.

"Tennessee and Boston College offered last week," Johnson told InsideTennessee.com Monday. "I was a little shocked when I found out that Tennessee offered me, I'm very excited about it."

While Johnson admits that he doesn't know a lot about Tennessee, there are a couple of things that intrigues him about the Volunteers.

"They are in the SEC and it's a conference I'm considering playing in a lot," Johnson said. "I have met two of their coaches, they seem to really have a great coaching staff."

Johnson plans on making a trip to Knoxville in the near future.

"I will definitely take a trip there some time this summer," Johnson said. "I'm excited about learning more about their program."

One factor that Johnson will consider at the school of his choice, is the team's depth chart and his chance of playing early.

"Tennessee is telling me that they have a big need at my position," Johnson said. "I want to come in and make an impact early somewhere."

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle from Montini Catholic HS in Lombard, Illinois finished his junior season with 44 tackles, seven for loss and three sacks.

It appears that Johnson is keeping all of his options open.

"I have a lot of great offers," Johnson said. "Right now I don't have any favorites, it's wide open with me right now."

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