Video: Gaulden talks process, Vols

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With a double-digit number of recruits verbally committed long before the month of August, the coaching staff at Tennessee is getting a head start on the Class of 2014.

Several rising juniors have seen Rocky Top already but returned for summer camp. Among those is safety prospect RaShaan Gaulden, who added a scholarship offer from the Volunteers back on the day of the Orange & White game in April.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder is heading to Ohio State for another visit today before cycling into camp mode of another kind as he readies for his first season at Independence High School in Thompson's Station, Tenn., after transferring from nearby Brentwood Academy.

Joining Gaulden at Independence is another transfer, childhood friend and fellow prospect Vic Wharton. The two started running track against one another at the age of 8.

With Kevin Dyson, a former NFL first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans leading the way, Independence reached the TSSAA Class 6A state playoffs last season as the District 11-AAA champions. However, they were upset by neighbor Brentwood 10-7 and finished with a record of 8-3.

As a sophomore at Brentwood Academy, Gaulden accumulated 62 tackles and four interceptions.

Click play on the video below to find out what Gaulden told InsideTennessee about his summer, playing with Wharton, his relationship with Vol cornerbacks coach Derrick Ansley and much more:

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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