Vols fighting 'Canes, Gators for St. Louis

Dominating up front in a line-of-scrimmage league like the Southeastern Conference is no simple task. It all starts with recruiting large athletes that can win in the trenches. Read more about Scout three-star offensive tackle prospect Tyree St. Louis.

Tyree St. Louis has been committed to Miami since July, but that hasn’t stopped teams from pursuing the Scout three-star prospect.

The offensive tackle visited the Hurricanes last weekend before making stops at Florida (Jan. 23) and Tennessee (Jan. 30).

“There are several factors that go into my recruiting process,” St. Louis told InsideTennessee. “They all determine which school I can attend to feel the most at home. Making it to the NFL is my goal and I can achieve that by going to any of these big time schools. But I just need to see which school is going to be the best fit for me.”

IMG Academy offensive line coach Spencer Hodges wants the senior to weigh his options leading up to National Signing Day (Feb. 4).

“I support him taking these visits,” Hodges said. “When you have more information, you see a bigger picture and that will make him more confident in his decision.”

Tennessee remains in contention for the 6-foot-5, 302-pound St. Louis, who Scout ranks as the No. 42 overall offensive tackle for the 2015 class. The Vols have stayed in contact with St. Louis through his high school career and will host his final official visit.

“I’ve talked with Tennessee for a long time,” St. Louis said. “We’ve been in contact since my sophomore year, so I’ve been able to watch the program develop and grow every day for the last few years. Everything leading up to this point and what I see during this upcoming visit will be compared to the pros and cons of other schools.

“My last visit to Tennessee was more than a year ago. I was very impressed with the changes the program had made and it's still making changes. My upcoming visit will be a very big eye-opener with all the improvements being made there.”

Both Tennessee and Miami are former national powerhouses looking to continue their rebuilding processes. St. Louis prefers to join a team on the upswing that can grow with his development.

“The rebuilding programs are the best ones,” St. Louis said. “I don’t necessarily want to go to a school that’s already at the top and could fall to the bottom. I want to go to a school that can grow each year as I grow, so by my final season the program will be at the top as well.”

Tennessee, which was replacing all five starting blockers for 2014, has a need for offensive linemen after ranking No. 117 in sacks allowed and No. 122 in tackles for loss allowed. The Bradenton, Florida, resident claims that early playing time will not be the deciding factor in his college decision.

“I’m not the one who’s going to determine that,” St. Louis said. “That will all be determined by how well I play in camps and spring practice to try and earn a starting spot. There are some schools that have a dying need for a person to come in and play left tackle. But my decision will all come down to what I feel is the best opportunity for myself and my future.”

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