Introduction: Tahjai Watt

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —— It has seemingly been years since the Tennessee Volunteers football staff has been able to successfully recruit the Carolinas, but with two new coaches on staff with extensive knowledge of the area in Jay Graham and Sam Pittman, that might all be about to change.

Both North and South Carolina are known for an immense amount of talent (12 players in Scout 300) and could even be under-recruited, but the Vols are leaving no stone unturned. One player that has caught the eye of the Tennessee coaching staff is big man Tahjai Watt.

"I am really interested in Tennessee and they have been talking to me quite a bit," Watt told InsideTennessee. "I get mail from them all the time too. They wanted me to come down to some games last years but I couldn't make it."

The 6-foot-3, 192-pounder out of North Mecklenburg (N.C.) High School also stars on his school's basketball team, which has proved to be a big reason why he has been unable to get a look at Rocky Top thus far.

"I am definitely going to try and get to some games this year at Tennessee," Watt said. "They want me to come to a camp this summer too. I have just been really busy with basketball. I will be at one of their camps at the beginning of the summer for sure."

Watt, who is projected at the tight end position, put up some solid numbers in Saturday's Nike SPARQ combine testing out in the 91 percentile of all Nike Sparq athletes. His most impressive category was the vertical leap where he posted a 36.8 in. hop (98 percentile).

While Watt projects at the tight end position, he has excelled on the edge at defensive end for North Mecklenburg. In fact, he led his squad in tackles as a junior with 140 and added 14 tackles for loss and 12 sacks.

"Most teams are looking at me at tight end," Watt said. "I went to a camp at Clemson already and they looked at me at tight end even though I play a lot of defensive end for my high school."

Having been one of the top athletes in Charlotte on Saturday, Watt hopes he can show up on the radar of teams who have shown interest and collect some offers.

"I don't have any offers yet, but I have heard a lot from Tennessee, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Air Force," Watt said. "Maybe today will help. Everything went pretty well. It is just good to get out here and test with all these guys."

Stay tuned for more on Watt as he schedules an unofficial visit to Rocky Top this summer.

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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