Jancek, Stripling pursue Vols target Tisdale

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Tariqious Tisdale’s whirlwind of college interest was something by which high-school football players across American dream.

The 6-foot-4, 237-pounder burst onto the scene with three scholarship offers from Southeastern Conference schools in early September.

“It was a great feeling,” Tisdale told InsideTennessee.

The three placing grants on the table were Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

The defensive end prospect in the 2016 signing class has made the 290-mile trip from his home to Rocky Top at three times this year already with the most recent being a trip to see the Big Orange play then-No. 4 Alabama.

“I thought it was a great atmosphere and it was a great-played game by Tennessee,” Tisdale said.

Tisdale plays a number of positions for Lexington (Tenn.) High School, including running back. The staff in Knoxville is recruiting him “mainly as a defensive end.”

The coaches at Tennessee handling the recruitment of coach Bryant Hollingsworth’s standout are defensive coordinator John Jancek and defensive line coach Steve Stripling.

Tennessee ventured to Lexington to check in on Tisdale in late October.

“It made me feel like they’re really interested in me, and they’re doing things right,” Tisdale said.

Tisdale says he will “probably” make yet another trip to Knoxville to see a Neyland Stadium gameday when the Volunteers host Kentucky this Saturday. He also plans to the Egg Bowl when Ole Miss hosts Mississippi State on Nov. 29.

On Friday, Tisdale and his Lexington teammates fell in the opening round of the 2014 TSSAA Class 4A state playoffs to Spring Hill 35-14.

“We lost our quarterback with a torn ACL, but we’re coming along slowly,” Tisdale said.

Their season comes to a close with a record of 5-6.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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