Do Vols still lead for Edoga?

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MARIETTA, Ga. — As recently as mid-August, FOX Sports and Scout four-star Chuma Edoga listed Tennessee as his top school.

The Class of 2015 offensive tackle raved about first-year head coach Butch Jones and the program's "family feel."

"Tennessee is the most recent school to offer me and they are my No. 1 school," Edoga told Scout's Chad Simmons in August. "…It isn't just one thing that has put Tennessee on top, but it was more of a combination of things there. I like the new staff led by coach Butch Jones, I like the energy the staff has, I like the family feel there, and I just like Tennessee a lot right now."

That's changed.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pounder received two new offers in early September that caused him to reconfigure his list of top schools.

The McEachern (Ga.) High school product now names Oregon, Ohio State and Georgia as his leaders.

"I really like all three of them equally," Edoga said. "I was very happy when the offers from Oregon and Ohio State came. Those are two huge offers for me."

The Vols are by no means out of the race for the nation's No. 13 offensive tackle.

The Scout Ultimate 300 member, which ranks the nation's top 300 prospects regardless of class, plans to visit Knoxville, Tenn., to watch the Vols host Georgia on Oct. 5.

"I like how (Tennessee is) an upcoming team in the SEC," Edoga said. "I think they're going to turn things around up there. (Butch) Jones has them going in the right direction. I fully believe that. I'm excited to see a game up there, for sure."

Edoga camped at Tennessee in July and enjoyed the experience thoroughly. He's excited to see more of the Vols' football facility and tour more academic buildings.

"I got see the whole campus back in July," said Edoga, who claims a 3.5 GPA and plans to major in engineering. "I got to see the new engineering building and the new weight room they had. I mean, they just had a crazy nice campus. I really liked it. I'm very excited to see it again."

Outside Tennessee's newly opened Min Kao engineering building, Edoga listed his relationship with Vols' offensive line coach Don Mahoney as a major factor why the Vols are still contenders.

Edoga said a good relationship with his future position coach is a major factor in his recruitment. The life-long Georgia fan says he hears from Vols coaches several times each week.

"I have to have a good relationship with my position coach, first of all. That matters a lot to me. I need to know the guy cares about me and like his coaching style," Edoga said. "I have a really good relationship with coach Mahoney. I talk to him like every week and he's just a really good guy.

"Coach (Mahoney) and (Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach) Azzanni stay in touch with me all the time. They make me feel important to them and I like that. Knoxville is a cool place. I could see myself living there."

Tennessee is recruiting Edoga as a guard. He said he feels comfortable playing both guard and tackle at the next level.

Edoga's length and athleticism make him a fit for both positions. He pulls often from his tackle spot in McEachern's offensive system.

"I think good feet and athleticisms are my two strengths," Edoga said. "So with that, I feel really comfortable playing both. That won't affect where I go."

Edoga plans to visit Athens, Ga., this weekend to watch the Bulldogs take on LSU.

InsideTennessee was on hand to witness Edoga's Indians down Marietta (Ga.) High School, 43-30. Scroll down to watch Edoga's highlights from the game.


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