Vols getting into new territory

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With Antonio "Tiny" Richardson on one side and Ja'Wuan James on the other, the Tennessee Volunteers undoubtedly have one of the best tackle combinations in the country.

However, with both likely out the door following the 2013 season the Vols are on the prowl for talent to come in behind the duo in the 2014 recruiting class.

Three-star offensive tackle prospect Taven Bryan looks to be one target Butch Jones and his staff would like to get to Rocky Top.

"It has been exciting hearing from Tennessee," Bryan told InsideTennessee. "They seem to be a really good coaching staff and they are really nice guys. Tennessee is a great football program too with a lot of tradition."

The Casper, Wyo., native checks in at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and has 40-yard-dash speeds in the 4.8 range, which fits the athletic mold of former Jones' recruits like 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick Eric Fisher. Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney is recruiting Bryan.

"He like a really funny guy," Bryan said. "We haven't talked a whole lot yet, but he seems really like and genuine. We don't just talk football, which is different. It was exciting to get the offer from him."

Offensive line coach Don Mahoney is the lead on Bryan's recruitment.
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The Natrona County (Wyo.) California, Washington, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Stanford and Tennessee are heavily recruiting High School among others, but for now he is focused on improving his own game.

"There are always things to improve on really," Bryan said. "I am focused on getting bigger and adding weight right now. I am doing a lot of stuff pretty well, but I want to learn the plays and the schemes a lot better."

Bryan says he will take all of his official visits before making a decision on his destination for the next level. He added that Tennessee has a shot at one of those visits. Until then, he is focused on his senior season.

"I haven't really thought on any personal goals," he said. "Right now I am just focused on my team winning games. I want to go out on a high note and I am just trying to do anything to help the team. I want to be a big leader and hope get our team a state championship."

The Vols already have one offensive tackle commitment after three-star prospect and Suwanee, Ga., native Orlando Brown gave his commitment to the Orange & White on May 2.

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