Vols nab another in-state star

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Tennessee's tear through the state continued Thursday night.

Maryville (Tenn.) High School standout Dylan Jackson will be making just a short 18 mile dive to the place where he'll be playing his college football, announcing his decision to commit to Tennessee and head coach Butch Jones.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder becomes the fourth Volunteer State product to join the Vols' 2015 class, following the footsteps of Jaylond Woods, Jack Jones and Zach Stewart.

Including the 2014 class, Tennessee has bagged 13 in-state recruits.

While the Scout three-star plays at local powerhouse Maryville just on the doorstep of Knoxville, he wasn't brought up bleeding orange and white like others who have pledged to the Vols.

Jackson's originally from the Chicago area and grew up a Chicago Bears fan. That said, Jackson told InsideTennessee back in October that it's hard not to adopt a love for the Vols living in the thick of Big Orange country. Not to mention, Jackson attended countless Tennessee home games last season.

Jackson also said staying close to home was a major plus to Tennessee.

"That's a huge factor," Jackson said when originally offered in July. "I mean I can go home whenever I want to — not really — go home, visit the family, having friends and family come watch me play games. That'd be awesome."

Jackson plays both offensive tackle and defensive end, but likely joins the Vols as a tackle.

As IT has reported several times, the offensive line – specifically tackle – will be a priority for Tennessee's 2015 class. After departing with its entire starting offense line, the Vols welcome just two true tackles in the 2014 class with JUCO standout Dontavius Blair and Orlando Brown.

Jackson is one of the top 30 juniors in Tennessee and was a finalist for the TSSAA Division I Class AAA Mr. Football Lineman of the Year Award, losing the trophy to fellow commit Jones.

Jackson owns offers from Duke and Vanderbilt, and received late interest from Clemson and Ole Miss.

Last season, Jackson's Maryville Rebels marched to a perfect 15-0 season and won its 14th state championship, beating Hendersonville 44-7 in the TSSAA Class 6A championship.

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