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The Tennessee Volunteers already snagged a hardcore Vol defensive tackle out of the northeast in 2012 in Danny O'Brien, but the Vols are shopping up top once again.

Rising junior and Delaware, Ohio, native Logan Dziak is receiving interest from Derek Dooley and the Tennessee coaching staff as a 16-year-old kid.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pounder sent his highlight tape to Knoxville with teammate Caleb Green and the Tennessee coaches liked what they saw.

"Tennessee sent me several letters and I sent them my highlight tape and they told me that they really like my highlight tape," Dziak told InsideTennessee. "They want me to come to camp with them this summer. I love Tennessee though, so hopefully I'll be receiving more interest from them. They are definitely one of my top schools right now."

While Dziak hasn't made the trip south to the Volunteer state quite yet, he did get the scoop from Green following an unofficial visit and he liked what he heard. Plus, much like O'Brien, he might be a southern boy at heart.

"When Caleb visited (Tennessee) he fell in love with it and described it to me," he said. "He got to see everything that Tennessee has to offer and tell me all about it.

"Plus I have been south before because I have family in Georgia and I would love to go south to play football in college. The SEC is definitely a big draw for me."

The Buckeye Valley (Ohio) High School product is also getting heavy interest from the Penn State Nittany Lions, who were first on the scene in Dziak's recruitment.

"Penn State was the first school that I really started hearing from because my friends Caleb Green went up there for a visit and I went with him," he said. "I have been in contact with them for a while now."

While Ohio high school football squads can't gather for spring practice, Dziak is working hard with his personal trainer to get better every day.

"I have been working with my trainer — his name is Nate Fugate — for a few years and he knows his stuff," Dziak said. "One of my biggest strength is my footwork. I am pretty quick on my feet for how big I am.

"I have really been working on my technique with Raw Talent the last few weeks. The only thing I am really focusing on right now is getting in really good condition for next season."

Dziak plans on tripping around the country with the Raw Talent Bus Tour this summer to hit several Division I summer camps in order to increase interest from big-name programs.

"I am going on the Raw Talent Bus Tour this summer starting on June 15," he said. "I am really excited about that. I will miss the first day to go Penn State. I will hit Michigan and Northwestern on that tour too."

And while Dziak is focused heavily on his football skills, nothing is more important than academics and that has always been the case.

"Academics are definitely number one for me because that is how my parents raised me and that is how it has always been," he said. "After that is the defensive line coach. I am going to have to do some research to find out who the top defensive line coaches are out there. Building relationships with my coaches is definitely going to be important."

Stay tuned for more recruiting information from InsideTennesse.

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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