Harlan makes exception for Vols

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The Tennessee Volunteers already have five in-state commitments in the 2013 recruiting class, but there are still players on the board from the Volunteer State.

One player Vol fans should keep an eye on is 6-foot-4, 190-pound quarterback prospect Princeton Harlan, but at Tennessee he is not a quarterback on the next level.

"Everything went really well," Harlan told InsideTennessee following a visit to Rocky Top. "I worked out at the safety spot today and worked on my footwork like they wanted me to from last time I visited. I made some plays on the ball out there."

Harlan, who previously told InsideTennessee back in March he wouldn't play anything but quarterback at the next level, has made an exception for the Orange & White.

"Tennessee is probably the only school that I would play safety for in college," he said. "Any other school I want to play quarterback. Just because it is Tennessee, that is why I would play safety here, I live close to here and I have Antonio Richardson here. He is a good friend and I know he would take care of me."

Harlan, who has received heavy interest from schools such as Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, has visited Knoxville twice over the summer and is taking strides in the right direction at his new position.

"They said that I took steps forward this time. They just want to see some more from me on film this season," Harlan said. "They want to see me make some big plays and I could get an offer from Tennessee.

"They have seen what I can do without pads and stuff like that. They just want to see me make plays on film in pads. They want to see me against opponents."

Now that the Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., native has made the switch to defense for the Vols, his new recruiting contact becomes defensive backs coach Derrick Ansley, who will be keeping a close eye on Harlan.

"I am just going to stay in contact with all the coaches here and keep them updated on my film," Harlan said. "Coach Ansley is my main recruiter and we are just starting to talk more."

One of the biggest draws for Harlan — the family atmosphere created by the people in and around the Tennessee program.

"I like the facilities and the players on the team," Harlan said. "They show you a bunch of love. The field and how to coaches work with you — they tell you what you need to work on and they are really specific."

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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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