Introduction: Dominic Zanca

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Every year dozens of high school prospects fly under the radar without offers from big-time college football programs, but usually all it takes is one to get the ball rolling.

For Lake Brantley (Fla.) High School product Dominic Zanca, Tennessee could be that offer. The Volunteers are the bidder on the block for the junior prospect and the undisputed favorite in his recruitment, so far.

"Tennessee, obviously, is my number one school right now," Zanca told "I have been hearing from Citadel, Duke is interested in me and I plan on going to watch Miami's (Fla.) spring game too."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder is being recruited by Tennessee wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw, who has Zanca in a hybrid role in Sal Sunseri's new 3-4 defense.

"I have only spoken to Coach Hinshaw," he said. "He is a really cool guy and makes Tennessee sound like an awesome place. They want me to play the JACK position linebacker, which is like a modified defensive end/linebacker. He makes me feel like they really want me."

Zanca has yet to step foot on Rocky Top, but plans to change that in the coming months and could be in attendance for the Orange and White spring game set to take place on April 21 at 2:30 p.m. (Dish Network).

"During my senior year I want to step up and be a leader for my team."
-Dominic Zanca

"I plan on trying to get there for their spring game, but if I can't make their spring game I will definitely be up there this summer for a camp and to see campus," Zanca said. "I definitely am going to get up there soon."

One of the most important things for the Zanca is the bond he forms with the coaching staffs that are recruiting him.

"The big things that is important to me is the coaching staff," he said. "I want to mesh with the coaching staff and they need to be a pretty cool coaching staff."

While the Altamonte Springs, Fla., native may only be a junior in high school, he already has his mind made up in regards to his academic aspirations.

"I want to study history and get my teaching degree," he said. "I want to be a teacher and teach American history."

Zanca, who finished his junior season with 58 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles, is focused on improving his game to impress coaches around the country.

"I am trying to get stronger," he said. "Usually when I making plays it is me overpowering people and getting into the backfield. I have good game speed and I try and bring it every time that I am out there. I am trying to work on my speed right now too. I am not slow, but there is room for improvement too."

Zanca calls himself an emotional player, so much so that he has to keep himself in check from time to time.

"I am trying to stay more even keeled on the football field," Zanca said. "I play with a lot of emotion and sometimes I let it get the best of me. During my senior year I want to step up and be a leader for my team."

Chris Price is a staff writer for He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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