Top hybrid big man talks Tennessee

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With the recent dismissal of tight end and Memphis, Tenn., native Cameron Clear in the rear-view mirror the Tennessee Volunteers have to look to the future for more stud tight ends.

That is exactly why they are heavily recruiting one of the top prospects in the 2014 class in Reilly Gibbons, who like Clear has the size to play both tight end or left tackle.

"I started playing left tackle for my team and that has really picked up my recruitment," Gibbons told InsideTennessee. "A lot of teams like me at left tackle and some still like me at tight end too. It has all just been really good timing."

Gibbons, who wears a size 15 shoe, is being recruited by wide receivers coach and new recruiting coordinator Darin Hinshaw and says the Vols football program has a whole other aura about it.

"When we were at Tennessee on our visit, we have been all over for junior days, but when we were at Tennessee it really felt like family," he said. "It feels like a family school and it has a great atmosphere. My dad talks to the coaches at Tennessee all the time."

The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder isn't just drawn to Rocky Top just for the gridiron tradition, but he also is excited about the academic prowess of Tennessee's law school.

"It is a great school," Gibbons said. "Everything you need they have it right there. They have a bunch of different colleges and they do have a law school that I would really like to be a part of. The football program is humongous too. Football is obviously a high priority and they put enough money into their program."

The St. Petersburg Catholic (Fla.) High School prospect originally planned to be on campus for Tennessee's June camp, but his plans have changed and he will now visit Tennessee for the second time in July.

The rising junior also has plans to visit Florida, Notre Dame, Stanford and USC in the coming months. The Sunshine State product is the embodiment of student athlete, reporting a core GPA of 3.9.

As a tight end in his sophomore season, Gibbons finished the season with eight receptions for 83 yards. Gibbons is sure the one of the top prospects in the 2014 class and already has over 15 offers.

Stay tuned for more football recruiting updates from InsideTennessee coming soon as Tennessee opens its June camp Monday, June 10.

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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