Harris thinks Vols would be 'good fit'

Scout four-star tight end Jackson Harris claims several big-time offers, but not one from his hometown school – Tennessee. Get the big man's thoughts on the Vols below.

Tennessee's search to add a top tight end to its 2015 class spans the countryside – from the deserts of Nevada to the rolling hills of Connecticut.

However, a viable option is nestled right in the Vols' backyard.

Columbia Central (Tenn.) High School standout Jackson Harris claims 11 scholarship offers, headlined by Auburn, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia and several others.

While the Scout four-star hasn't nabbed a Tennessee offer yet, he would surely be excited if that day ever comes.

"I mean, they're in state, so it's definitely a place I would like to check out," Harris told InsideTennessee. "I talk to (Tennessee tight ends) coach (Mark) Elder a lot and really like him, it's just, if they offer, it's going to be a place I'd look into for sure."

Tennessee will likely only take one tight end in the 2015 class as it welcomes both Daniel Helm and Ethan Wolf with the 2014 bunch.

Thus far in the early workings of the hunt for 2015 tight ends, the Vols have extended offers to Alize Jones, Hale Hentges, Garrett Williams and Chris Clark.

Harris knows an offer from his in-state school won't come easy.

"If they offer, they offer. I get it," Harris said. "I feel like it would be a pretty good fit."

The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder was on hand to watch the Vols fall to Auburn back in early November. Harris admits the game was certainly unsightly, but he was "wowed" by the game day atmosphere nonetheless.

"It opened my eyes, that atmosphere was great," Harris told IT. "I really liked it."

But for Harris, the electric game-day atmosphere was more of an added bonus. The nation's No. 10 tight end was more focused on watching how his position was used during the game – and he liked what he saw.

"Whenever I visit a place I watch to see how they use (tight ends) and stuff," Harris said. "I feel like, you know, it fits my style of play pretty good and I would fit pretty well."

Harris said he is in contact "often" with Elder, describing their relationship as "great."

"He's a great guy," Harris told IT. "I really like him. He's younger, a little more enthusiastic and stuff."

Harris plans to take "several" visits this spring and said there's a good chance he makes the short trip to Knoxville for junior day in March.

InsideTennessee's Danny Parker contributed to this report

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