Vols pursuing junior LB

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With signing day approaching and the 2013 class filling up, Tennessee head football Coach Butch Jones and his staff are already looking forward to the 2014 class.

One player that has sparked the interest of the last two coaching staff's at Tennessee is Palm Bay, Fla., native Greg Miclisse. Former recruiting coordinator Darin Hinshaw first contacted the junior linebacker and new cornerbacks coach Tommy Thigpen has followed in his footsteps.

"I have a great relationship with the coaches at Tennessee," Miclisse told InsideTennessee. "I actually started getting recruited by coach Hinshaw. We had a good relationship. Then when he left coach Thigpen started recruiting me. He treats me like a son. He always asks me how I am doing on Facebook and tells me how I could make a big impact for them. They want to get me up there for a visit."

Miclisse, a 6-foot-1, 235 pounder already has offers from Cincinnati and UCONN and is being pursed by Florida State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Notre Dame and Tennessee among others.

"Tennessee was the first school to really reach out to me," he said. "I am getting recruited by a lot of schools now, but you really never forget about that first school."

One thing that could help the Vols in Miclisse's recruitment is his friendship with Vol legacy and Ponte Vedra, Fla., linebacker prospect Dillon Bates, who already has an offer from Tennessee.

"I have never visited Tennessee, but one of my best friends Dillon Bates visited there this year and told me really good things about Tennessee," Miclisse said. "He visited for a game and saw all the facilities and everything. He really liked it and we have talked a lot about playing together."

As Miclisse's recruitment begins to heat up, he says that academics will come first in his list of requirements when he begins to evaluate schools vying for his services.

"The most important thing to me is academics," Miclisse said. "I want to coaches to be like a second family to me too when I am away from my mom. A great program with a great fan base is important too. Fans are really important to me."

The Bayside (Fla.) High School big man plays with a raw emotion, so much so that it is actually an aspect of his game that he is trying to keep in check.

"I am pretty quick off the ball and have good power right now," he said. "I want to get a little stronger and I need to work on keeping my emotions in check. I am an emotional player and I want use that in the right way. Sometimes I don't always do that."

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