Vols searching for D-line help

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With the Tennessee Volunteers set to lose five contributors to graduation off the defensive line following in the 2013 season, finding replacements will be a heavy focus in the Class of 2014 recruiting efforts.

One player Tennessee is taking a hard look at to fill the gaps in the trenches is Powder Springs, Ga., native and defensive end prospect Bradley Chubb.

"They haven't offered me yet, but they talked about how good it was for me to come up here and for (defensive line) coach (Steve) Stripling to see me," Chubb told InsideTennessee. "I am going to start talking to coach Stripling every week now and coach (Zach Azzanni) and see where it goes from there. I would (to get an offer). I wouldn't commit on the spot, but it would definitely be in my top five."

The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder already has offers from Georgia Tech and Mississippi State. One thing that impressed the Hillgrove (Ga.) High School prospect — Stripling's résumé.

"He is a real nice dude," he said. "They were telling me that he has put the most defensive linemen in the NFL right now. The starting lineup for the Denver Broncos all learned from coach Stripling."

Chubb, who plans to major in sports medicine, plans to be back for a visit over the summer and if not definitely for a game this fall after being seriously impressed by the tempo of practice under new head coach Butch Jones.

"The tempo was really nice," Chubb said. "The coaches were telling me that the fast tempo makes practice a lot easier. It doesn't make it as long as it was if it were going slow and I like that for a game-time situation. Other teams are going to be tired in the fourth quarter, but you aren't. I like that."

Chubb recently visited Vanderbilt along with Tennessee and plans to be at Wake Forest on April 6. And perhaps teams will be most impressed with his length, which makes him tough to block off the edge.

"It is really hard to block me if you look at the film because I am so shifty," he said. "A lot of big offensive linemen can't get to me. That is a big part of my game. I'm not scared to go inside either."

The Vols have already extended nearly 30 offers along the D-line in the 2014 class. Be sure to stay locked on InsideTennessee.com for all the latest in the Vols' recruiting efforts.

InsideTennessee.com managing editor Danny Parker contributed to this report.

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