Edoga eyes decision, Tennessee visit

InsideTennessee keeps you on top of all the latest recruiting news. Scroll down to read where the Vols stand with Scout four-star Chuma Edoga, who plans to make a decision soon.

Tennessee is searching for a very particular skillset as it looks to add offensive tackles to its 2015 class.

The perfect prospect must be flexible, long, strong, agile and athletic.

It's a tough combination to find.

But all of those are words used to describe the game of Scout four-star Chuma Edoga.

The Scout 100 offensive tackle out of McEachern (Ga.) High School had listed Tennessee as his leader several times during his still-hot recruitment, but now says it's an even race between the Vols, Georgia, USC and Stanford.

And the finish line is fast approaching.

The nation's No. 8 offensive tackle plans to announce his decision on May 25 – the day of his 17th birthday.

"I'm excited to get it over with," Edoga told InsideTennessee.

Edoga's plans to visit Knoxville for a junior day event fell through earlier this spring, but he says he'll attend Tennessee's spring game on April 12.

The 6-foot-4, 277-pounder said he's very eager to watch the scrimmage from the sidelines of Neyland Stadium, adding that the game could play an important role in his upcoming decision.

"I really just want to see the coaches and get a feel of a game and them before I make my decision," Edoga said.

Edoga lists his relationship with Vols coaches as his "favorite part" about Tennessee.

"Tennessee, you know, I got a real good relationship with the coaches," Edoga told IT. "They're always hitting me up and we just talk back and forth."

If Edoga decides to don orange and white for his college career, he'd be playing under Vols offensive line coach Don Mahoney. It's an idea he likes, calling his relationship with Mahoney "great."

"He's a real good guy," Edoga said. "He's always fired up. That's what I like about him. He's high energy. Just a real good guy. I like coaches like that."

Edoga also likes the demeanor of Tennessee coach Butch Jones, saying the second-year headman has the perfect blend of calm and fiery.

"He's real laid back and cool," Edoga said of Jones. "But… when I watched one of their practices on the computer he was real fired up. So, I was like, he can turn it up whenever he wants to."

Other than the coaches, Edoga likes the location of Tennessee.

Unlike his other finalists, Knoxville is close, but not too close.

"It's close enough where I feel like I can get back home, but it's far enough where I can still get back home," Edoga told IT. "I like that."

Edoga has said in the past that he'd like to play his college ball with his high school teammate and Scout four-star running back Taj Griffin. However, it now appears going to school with Griffin won't play a major role in his upcoming decision.

"It's still the plan," Edoga said. "But if it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, it doesn't."

InsideTennessee's Danny Parker contributed to this report


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