Vols offer, Smith mulling

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What do you get when partner talent with years of on-field chemistry and a college-style "fast break" offense on the high school level?

State championships. Gaudy statistics. Collegiate scholarship offers.

For prospects at Christian Academy of Knoxville, two boxes were checked last football season and more Warriors are shading in No. 3 as the spring progresses.

The Tennessee campus is just 12 miles from CAK's and coach Derek Dooley has taken note of what the TSSAA Class 3A state champions have accomplished.

The Volunteers offered offensive lineman Brett Kendrick last week and the 6-foot-5, 295-pounder didn't hesitate on giving Tennessee a verbal commitment.

Another Warrior that now has the option to call Rocky Top his future home is wide receiver Josh Smith, who got word from UT on Wednesday night of the opportunity.

"I went to work out with them and it was awesome," Smith told InsideTennessee. "They gave me the offer, and I was so excited. My teammate Brett Kendrick committed to them over the weekend. I have never been a diehard Tennessee fan, but I am definitely about to be."

While Smith came just short of offering his pledge to the Vols, a commitment could be on the horizon.

He's a 6-foot-0 1/2, 183-pound pigskin vacuum that caught 96 passes for 1,911 yards and 22 touchdowns for CAK in 2011.

Smith impressed at the Atlanta NFTC back in mid-March, running a laser-timed 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds. His vertical leap was 33 1/3 inches. Of 1,454 participants, he finished 12th with a SPARQ score of 103.47 right behind four-star cornerback Brendan Langley.

It's worth noting that the Nos. 1 and 4 finishers are also Volunteer State prospects in Brentwood Academy's Jalen Ramsey (130.32) and Tullahoma's Trey Burks (116.04), respectively.

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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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