Vols assistant's résumé impresses E.J. Price

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Seeing is believing.

If Tennessee is to have a legitimate shot at signing E.J. Price, it’s going to have to get the Scout four-star offensive tackle to visit Rocky Top.

The 6-foot-6, 312-pounder and one-time Georgia commit has a list of schools that have his interest. While Athens is still a potential destination. the Archer (Ga.) High School standout has interest in others such as Florida State, Michigan and Tennessee.

“After I talked with my family, they just felt like I should open it up,” Price said. “It would be the best decision for me to take some more visits, take some official visits and see what school fits me best before I decide to make a decision. It had nothing to do with Georgia.”

The Big Orange offensive line coach, Don Mahoney, is one of the reasons the Volunteers are still in the hunt for the Scout No. 7 offensive tackle in the 2016 class and No. 1 in the Peach State.

“I have a somewhat good relationship with coach Mahoney,” Price told InsideTennessee. “He’s a great guy. He has a good résumé. He’s a very good offensive line coach, and I’m just very interested to see what Tennessee has to offer. I hear a lot of great things about them. I haven’t had the opportunity to get up there and visit. A lot of people — just other recruits — that visit there, they say that it’s a beautiful place to visit and they really enjoy it. I just want to be able to get up there myself and check it out.”

As a compliment to the No. 57 prospect in the nation’s talent and upside, Price hears from Tennessee’s head man, Butch Jones.

“I haven’t talked to (Jones) recently, but I have talked to him before,” Price said. “He lets me know that he’s very interested in me, and he wants me on campus. We can talk a lot on the phone or DM (Twitter direct message), but they just would really like for me to get to campus and be able to show me the facilities and stuff like that.”

Jones and Mahoney continue to work the blocker. If an unofficial visit doesn’t go down, Tennessee may pick up the bill for the official version.

“I haven’t really decided what schools I’m going to take my officials to yet,” he said. “So, it’s a possibility, but I definitely plan on getting up for a game.”

The Orange & White plays its first home game at Neyland Stadium versus the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. Eastern.

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