Vols Wait Word From O-Line Prospects

A road weary Roland Martin returned to his Chicago home from a visit to North Carolina State Sunday and says he will begin the final stages of his decision-making process without a leader in place.

"Nope," Martin responded when asked by James Hale, of OUInsiders, if he had a current leader. "Right now I just need to sit back for a couple days and figure this thing out."

When asked the schools still in contention, Martin said: "Oklahoma, Michigan State, Tennessee and North Carolina State are still in it. Now, I need to sit down and figure things out."

The 6-foot-6, 345-pound Martin is the highest rated offensive linemen left on UT's board and a critical catch considering he could contend for playing time as a true freshman on a line that lost three starters.

Roland Martin, who attends Harper High School, is rated the nation's No. 6 offensive linemen.

Tennessee is also a finalist for Calvin Darity of Lincoln High in Tallahassee, Fla. Darity, who is rated the nation's No. 9 offensive lineman by The Insiders, visited Knoxville last week with Lincoln teammates Ricky Gallon (linebacker) and Joe Manning (cornerback). The trio was on Florida State's campus this weekend.

Darity has made his decision and plans to announce it on local television Monday.

"I've made a decision, but I'm going to announce it tomorrow," Darity told The Insiders. "I've called the coaches to let them know about it. I'm doing do it on local television station that is going to let us announce it at about six o'clock tomorrow."

In addition to Florida State and Tennessee, Darity is considering North Carolina and Nebraska. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman is an outstanding drive blocker on the high school level but will have to improve his size and strength to contribute early at the next level.

If neither these top 10 O-line prospects chooses Tennessee, it's unlikely the Vols would sign another lineman in the Class of 2004. The Vols have JC transfer Albert Toeaina in school and have commitments from Ramon Foster, Anthony Parker and Cameron Mayo.


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