Rochell makes return trip to The Hill

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Isaac Rochell isn't tipping his hand.

Contrary to reports saying otherwise, the Peach State product maintains that he does not have a list of finalists.

The four-star prospect has over 20 scholarship offers from BCS schools, including some outside the southeast such as Boston College, Indiana, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Purdue.

Rochell didn't tip his hand on where he might even be leaning but does appear to have an idea as to where he is not going to sign.

"There are some schools that are definitely out of the question, but I'm really just going to take my time," he told InsideTennessee. "I don't see any need in rushing it."

Before the Eagle's Landing (Ga.) Christian Academy star dwindles things down, he's hitting the road to see as many schools as possible.

"I don't necessarily know where I'm going to go next," Rochell said. "I'm just taking it week by week."

Most recently, he's seen Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. This past weekend he ventured up Interstate-75 to check out Tennessee.

It was his third visit to Knoxville. He was in attendance with high school teammate Keyante Green to see the Vols play Georgia at Neyland Stadium last October.

He was one of over a dozen juniors that saw the facilities, got to know some of the Vol assistant coaches and got a look at how he would fit into the future of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley's organization.

The regular season finale for the Tennessee men's basketball team at Thompson-Boling Arena allowed the recruits to get a taste of the energy of Big Orange Country as 22,172 came out to root on the Volunteers.

"Obviously it's really loud for a basketball game," Rochell said. "You usually don't see it that loud. It's exciting, especially at this level. You can tell they have a big football stadium, big basketball stadium. So, it's going to be exciting with any sport here."

Any football recruit that makes his way to Knoxville to see UT will get an opportunity to see the latest in facility expansion as construction continues on the Football Training Center that will include a 22,000-square foot weight room and a 7,000-square foot locker room.

"It's nice," Rochelle said. "You look at what they have now and you think, 'Why do they even need it?' It's crazy how they just keep going — not that that's a bad thing."

As UT continues to transition its defense into a base 3-4 under new coordinator Sal Sunseri, it will hunt players for specific roles. Rochell fashions himself as a defensive end. However, he said the Vols are looking at him as an outside linebacker.

Should he sign with the Vols, he would certainly provide an intimidating presence on the edge as the junior is already up to 6-foot-5, 262 pounds.

He is likely to be much larger by the time he enrolls in school as he is "just lifting weights, trying to get bigger" when he is back home in McDonough, Ga.

Both the Associated Press and Atlanta Journal Constitution named Rochell to first-team all-state in Georgia's Class A.

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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