2013 pass rusher on Vol radar

A strapping young defensive end with a knack for the sack is on Tennessee's radar for its 2013 signing class.

D.J. Prather is a 6-5, 225-pounder who will be a junior at Gordon Central High School of Calhoun, Ga., this fall. He's from the same city - but not the same school - that sent 5-star wide receiver Da' Rick Rogers to the Vols a year ago. Rogers attended cross-town Calhoun High.

"Yes, sir," Prather said following his participation in Tennessee's recent camp. "That's our rival."

Although he has two seasons of high school ball remaining before enrolling in college, Prather saw the UT camp as a great opportunity.

"I just came to the camp to work out and try to better myself," he said.

Prather believes he bettered himself considerably by working with Tennessee's coaches.

"I worked with the D-line coach (Lance Thompson) and I really liked it. We got after it," he said. "They taught us to really go at each other, work on using our hands and feet and all that. They get you going. I really liked the energy."

Prather's first encounter with Tennessee's campus went exceptionally well.

"It's really nice," he said. "It has nice facilities and everything."

Although he reportedly is an outstanding tight end prospect, Prather prefers playing defensive end.

"That's the quarterback hole," he said, grinning broadly. "That's where you get to go and get the quarterback. That's the best part of the game."

Prather apparently has the proverbial "nose for the football." He returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown last fall against Model High and earned honorable mention all-state recognition as a mere sophomore. His aggressive nature could make him a real star as a college defender.

"I'm a go-get-'em type person," he said. "You tell me who to go get, and I'll go get 'em for you."

An excellent all-around athlete, Prather also started at center for Gordon Central's basketball team last winter and put the shot for the track team in the spring.

Prior to Tennessee's camp, he says he visited Auburn, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

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