Wilson growing more 'comfortable'

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There has been a noticeable lack of recruiting prowess in the state of North Calorina for Tennessee in recent years, but new Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham is solving all of that.

Along with several others, Tar Heel state tight end Lucas Wilson is highly interested in the Volunteers and fresh off his second visit to Rocky Top.

"It went really well," Wilson told InsideTennessee. "I feel like I did pretty well and I got a lot better feel for coach Graham and my position coach. I definitely got more acquainted with all the coaches and felt more comfortable after the trip.

"My main goal was to get a better feel for the coaches and I definitely did."

Wilson, a three-star tight end according to FOX Sports Next, finished his junior season with 21 receptions for 400 yards and two touchdowns.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound rising junior is being heavily recruited by South Florida, Central Florida and Air Force, but Tennessee is the only school to have his visit twice, on his own dime.

"Coach Graham has been my main recruiter," he said. "The first time I met him was at the spring game. Then I heard from him a few weeks after that and that is when I got the offer from Tennessee. He wanted me to come back down and I did."

The Mount Tabor (N.C.) High School prospect has plans to see Maryland and Florida in the coming weeks and says that he would like to put a bow on his recruitment by the end of summer.

"I would like to go ahead and commit by the end of the summer, but if I just can't make up my mind by then I will wait until I take a couple of official visits," he said.

Wilson, a native of Winston Salem, N.C., says football won't be the only factor in his decision on where to play on the next level, but academics come first.

"Academics, coaching staff and kind of the feel for what the college experience is going to be like at a school. Sometimes that is hard, but you try and get the best feel that you can," Wilson said.

Wilson is the No. 26 tight end in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports Next. Stay tuned for more Tennessee football recruiting updates from InsideTennessee.

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. 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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