Northeast standout heading to The Hill?

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It's never too early to start looking to the future, and even though closing out the current signing class is a high priority, establishing relationships with Class of 2013 prospects is imperative as well.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and running backs coach Jay Graham tripped west on Interstate-40 on Wednesday to see prospects in Clarksville and Nashville.

While at Northeast High School, the Volunteer coaches handed out some news to coach Isaac Shelby that his all-everything athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin earned a verbal scholarship offer.

"It's big-time gaining that offer," Reeves-Maybin told InsideTennessee. "There is a lot of tradition there, and they have a lot of fan support."

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder ran quarterback for his Clarksville-based school, racking up 2,735 yards and 46 touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, he played linebacker and tallied over 100 tackles.

Though he has not committed, the athlete does take the UT offer seriously and wants to check out the campus in Knoxville soon.

"I'm going to try to get there either this weekend or next weekend. I'm not for sure yet," Reeves-Maybin said.

The Vols currently have two juniors committed — offensive lineman Austin Sanders and cornerback Mackensie Alexander.

Other in-state recruits with UT offers include Cornelius Elder, Jason Carr, Donald Gray and Jalen Ramsey.

Vanderbilt also extended a scholarship offer to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class 5A All-State football team at linebacker.

Northeast eliminated Memphis East in the first round of the TSSAA state playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Henry County 30-7.

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