Cincy lineman headed south

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Butch Jones and his new coaching staff are using their Cincinnati ties to lure recruits to Rocky Top.

Friday night the Volunteers got their second commitment from the Cincinnati area in as many days in the form of two-star offensive tackle prospect Dylan Wiesman.

"I have officially committed to the University of Tennessee! #VFL #Vols," Wiesman said via Twitter Friday evening.

The Colerain (Ohio) High School prospect decommitted from Cincinnati following Jones' departure and has been heavily pursued by the Vols ever since.

Jones even took time out to call Wiesman personally before the dead period hit and used fellow offensive line commitment Brett Kendrick to help try to persuade him to come to Rocky Top throwing Kendrick on the phone during a dinner Jones shared with the Knoxville, Tenn., native on an unofficial visit.

"It is one thing to have coaches there that want you, but when it is actual players it is a whole different thing," Wiesman told InsideTennessee. "You are around the coaches for a couple three four hours a day. You are with the players all the time and they just made me feel so comfortable. Brett and Austin have been great. Knowing that there are actual players that want you there is awesome."

Wiesman visited Tennessee for offensive/defensive line camp this past summer when he received his original offer from the former coaching staff and was extremely impressed with what the Vols have to offer.

"I was offered last spring under Coach Dooley and really the only thing holding me back was how comfortable I felt with coach Jones at Cincinnati," he said. "When I saw them go to Tennessee that definitely changed things up. I was just thinking that I loved Tennessee when I was down there and now Coach Jones is there too. Once coach Jones went there it was just a matter of time really."

One thing that stuck out to Wiesman during his time at Tennessee this summer — the people.

"The people down there are amazing," he said. "The people are awesome and I felt welcome from day one. Brett Kendrick, he got offered when I was down there and Austin Sanders, they almost had me committed when I was down there for camp. I was in awe with the facilities and everything at Tennessee."

Wiesman is being recruited to Tennessee as a guard and could even play at the center spot. The Vols 18 commitment of the 2013 class measures in at 6-foot-3, 295 pounds and chose Tennessee over offers from West Virginia, Duke, Cinncinati and others. He will official visit Tennessee on Jan. 18.

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