Is Miclisse next?

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When InsideTennessee.com first introduced our readers to Palm Bay, Fla., native Greg Miclisse he had just two Division I offers, UCONN and conveniently from now Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones and Cincinnati.

Fast-forward two and a half months and Miclisse is a three-star prospect that has racked up offers from nearly 20 Division I schools including Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina and UCLA among others.

"Everything has been really good," Miclisse told InsideTennessee.com. "I am hearing from coaches all over the country and it is a dream come true for me. I am really excited to be recruited and I just feel really blessed to have the opportunity. It has been really humbling."

Ranked as the No. No. 28 middle linebacker in the 2014 class by FOX Sports NEXT, Miclisse has a slue of schools trying to gain his services on the next level.

"Tennessee, Notre Dame, Georgia, Louisville and Alabama have really been recruiting me the hardest right now," he said. "I am on spring break right now so I am going to visit a bunch of Florida schools too. I'm going to Miami, FIU and USF starting tomorrow."

Even with over a dozen schools ringing his phone off the hook, Miclisse says that the Vols are his clear No. 1 after developing a strong relationship with the Vols coaching staff.

"Tennessee is definitely my leader right now," he said. "Everything with Tennessee is great. I really like them and the coaching staff there. They have been all over me and we talk all the time. They have a great program that is coming back and the biggest thing is they are in the SEC. That is big for me."

Tennessee linebacker coach Tommy Thigpen, who took over for former Vol coach Darin Hinshaw in Miclisse's recruitment, has built a strong bond with the sunshine state prospect through constant communication.

"Coach Thigpen is my main recruiter," he said. "We talk all the time. I would say we talk like four times a week. He is a really cool guy. We don't even talk football really. He is always talking to me about school and my family, just how things are going. I really like that. There isn't any pressure. He is a cool dude."

Miclisse, who claims 4.7 40-yard dash speed, says that current commitments are aiding in his recruitment to Knoxville, which has become a common theme after several prospect gave their pledges to the Vols.

"I am really hearing a lot of good stuff about Tennessee," he said. "I just want to get up there and see it for myself. I haven't been on a visit there yet, but I already feel familiar with Tennessee.

"I have heard from a bunch of their commitments already. They are always talking to me about Tennessee and trying to get me to commit there. I have heard from Jalen Hurd, Todd Kelly and Vic Wharton. It is cool they are so excited about Tennessee."

The 6-foot-1, 229 pounder plays outside linebacker for Bayside (Fla.) High School and says he is trying to slim down to keep his options open on the next level.

"I was about 235 pounds last season, but I am down to 229 right now," Miclisse said. "I want to be at 228 by the time I play my spring game. I want to be able to run sideline to sideline in college. Tennessee has talked to me about both inside and outside linebacker. I want to be ready for outside too."

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