Shamire DeVine, a 6-foot-6, 340-pounder out of Tri-Cities High School in East Point, Ga. may be one of the Volunteers top targets, if they can steal him out of the Peach State.
"I would say the ones I am looking at the most are Georgia and Georgia Tech," Devine said. "I am not really set on stay close to home, but I see those two more than I see any other college. Other schools would be able to get back in it if they were down here more often."
Trying to get Tennessee into the mix will be Tennessee defensive backs coach and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph.
"Our relationship has been ok so far," Devine said of Joseph. "He has mainly been contacting my coach and then my coach lets me know. After he let me know I called him a few times."
One of Tennessee's biggest draws may end up being their new John Tickle Engineering Building, which is scheduled for completion in 2013. The new building will have 110,000 square feet, 5 floors and received $23.1 million worth of funding.
"What I look at is if the coaches have a good family atmosphere and do they have engineering as a major or a minor," Devine said. "That is what I want my major to be."
Devine says his strengths are when the quarterback has the ball in his hands, but there are definitely areas where he can improve heading into his senior year.
"I know what I have down is my pass blocking and my strength, but I know I can still get a little bit stronger," he said.
His focus will now shift to the weight room as Tri-Cities season came to an end last week in a GHSA Class AAAA playoff loss to Northside (36-8).
"This summer I am going to try to improve my lower body strength, my run blocking and my stamina."
While Devine may be favoring the in-state schools as of now, it has nothing to do with distance. His main focus — just going to college.
"I don't really care where I end up going to school as far as distance," he said. "If I have to go to school in Japan I don't care. I just want to go to school."
Devine has a chance to be a Scout300 member in 2013, so stay tuned to Scout for the latest on this talented junior.