Two-day Rocky Top trip for 4-star Dyer

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It's never been easy to convince recruits from Texas to sign with a school that's far from home.

It's a football-centric state where many kids grow up dreaming of playing in Austin or College Station. It's not uncommon to find the rosters of nearby Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma brimming with talent from the Lone Star State.

Tennessee coaches, however, will do their best to beat the odds in their pursuit of elite Mesquite, Texas, offensive lineman Conner Dyer.

The Scout four-star prospect last visited the Volunteers during a two-day stop in mid-June.

"I think it was spending time with the players; that was probably the best part of it," Dyer told InsideTennessee as he gave the highlights of his trip to Knoxville last month.

"I spent a good amount of time with the offensive line coach (Don Mahoney)."

Recruiting Texas has been particularly tough for the Vols over the past few years. From 2009 to 2011, Tennesses earned verbal committments from a trio of Lone Star studs: Ahmad Dixon (four-star defensive back, 2010), Kameron Miles (four-star defensive back, 2013) and Dalton Santos (four-star linebacker, 2012).

How many of those highly touted prospects actually enrolled at Tennessee?

None.

As the Vols chase Dyer, and with the committment of fellow Texan and three-star quarterback Quinten Dormady, Tennessee's coaches will do their best to reverse the program's recent shortcomings in the talent-rich state.

Scout's No. 14 guard and No. 249 overall prospect for the 2015 class finds himself attracted to the Vols for the potential he sees in the program moving forward.

"I really like that they are really rebuilding that program," the Horn High School product said, referencing the efforts he's noticed from Tennessee's coaches to restore the Vols' stature.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder added that Tennessee's coaches have sold him on the "possibility" that he could play an immediate role in retooling a Vols offensive line that will be breaking in five new starters in 2014.

Dyer believes he would have a lot to offer if he indeed signed up to play in Knoxville.

"Really, I'm just a hard player. That's really what it comes down to," the four-star said.

"It's just (my) effort I would say."

As far as the other competition for Dyer's services, the Texan isn't disclosing much. While many see him staying in-state or close by, he didn't say much to bolster those predictions.

"I don't have a top group of schools right now," Dyer said. "But I'm for sure going to narrow it down to three schools by the end of the summer."

Dyer indicated there could be some Southeastern Conference flavor in his final group, however. The level of competition and talent he sees in the SEC is a big draw.

"The skill you'd be playing against (in the SEC) would be really good," Dyer said, while also mentioning LSU and Ole Miss as a couple SEC schools he's giving a strong look.

Although he plans on shifting his focus to a few final schools by the end of the summer, Dyer doesn't yet know which visits he'll take before then.

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