Outlaw has 'mean streak'

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After singing five offensive linemen in the 2011 class, Derek Dooley and the Tennessee coaching staff didn't ink any big men on the offensive side of the football in 2012.

However, the Volunteers coaching staff will definitely make o-line a priority in 2013 and one player who is already hearing from the Vols is peach state offensive guard Joshua Outlaw.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder, already has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Arkansas, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Florida, South Carolina, South Florida and Tennessee, but says the South Carolina schools are the early front-runners.

"The ones that are really atop my list right now are Clemson and South Carolina," Outlaw said. "Clemson and Coach Swinney have been really great. I haven't talked to a lot of coaches yet, but I have enjoyed talking with Clemson."

However, one advantage Tennessee boasts is another offer that is out to Outlaw's teammate and friend DeMarquis Polite-Bray. In fact, it was Outlaw who told his friend about his very first offer.

"My coach text me and told me Tennessee offered me and DeMarquis," Outlaw said. "We were just so excited. I told him and we were so happy that we were almost late to class.

"We both have an offer from them, which is cool. We have always talked about playing college ball a lot. It is kind of crazy that we both got the offer from Tennessee. They will definitely always have a special place for both of us."

Outlaw hasn't spoke much with the coaches on The Hill, but he has plans on racking up some phone minutes in the near future.

"My coach gave me the number to one of the Tennessee coaches today," he said. "I plan on talking with them soon. Tennessee is definitely a great school. I am looking forward to getting to know more about them."

Outlaw, a King (Ga.) High School product, is looking forward to seeing what Tennessee has to offer.

"I have heard about how great there fans are and everything up there," Outlaw said. "I am excited about seeing and hearing more from them. I want to see all their facilities and see what they have to offer me."

And while Outlaw is heavily values football, it comes second to academics, which will be important to land the young man who claims a 2.4 GPA.

"The biggest thing for me right now is academics," Outlaw said. "Then I will think about playing time and how comfortable I am at a school. That is where I am going to be spending the next four years of my life and I want to be comfortable there. Playing time will likely be a key factor though."

Outlaw, Polite-Bray and King High School are coming off a 12-1 2011 campaign that took them to the third round of the GHSA Class AAAAA playoffs. Now his focus shifts to improving his game for his senior season.

"I feel like I am physical and I play with a mean streak," he said. "I think I am athletic and I am able to make plays at the next level. I am just trying to work on my getting a little more explosive this offseason."

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