Rochester rolling onto Vols' radar?

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MARIETTA, Ga — It's only a matter of time until the scholarship offers start flooding in for defensive tackle Julian Rochester.

But for now, the Class of 2016 prospect is content with receiving letters from programs around the country – a pile of mail that nearly stacks as high as his towering 6-foot-5 frame.

"I've been getting a lot — like a lot a lot — of letters from a ton of different schools. It's been overwhelming, really," Rochester told InsideTennessee. "That's good for now, but I'm looking forward to getting some offers after the season or something, hopefully."

The McEachern (Ga.) High School sophomore's lone campus visit was to Auburn on Aug. 31. Rochester said the Tigers have been pursuing him hardest.

"Auburn is recruiting me most," he said. "No doubt. They send me letters all the time, the most letters by far."

The 280-pounder is taking an open-minded approach to his still young recruitment. There's not a program Rochester wouldn't be interested in, including Tennessee.

"Tennessee? I mean, my uncle is a big fan. So I don't know," Rochester said. "I'd be interested if they reached out to me, yeah."

Rochester said his "dream offers" include Florida State, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina. He currently has no visits scheduled.

InsideTennessee was on hand to watch Rochester's Indians down Marietta (Ga.) High School, 43-30 on Sept. 20. He's a big-bodied three-technique, who carries his 280-pounds very well. He showed solid lateral movement, but needs to refine his body and get stronger. He is still very raw, but has great athleticism and bend for his size and age.

"Personally, I'd like to get in a little more shape and stay level-headed while playing," Rochester said. "I'm real good at splitting the double team and I think I rush the quarterback pretty well for my size. I think if I'm going one-on-one with a guy, I have a good chance to get that sack."

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