Big Texan likes Vols

One of the biggest, and best, defensive tackle prospects in America could be a Tennessee Vol this time next year.

DeMarcus Granger, a 6-3, 320-pound junior from Kimball High School of Dallas lists the Vols among the seven programs he is considering at this time.

He might be good enough to help the Big Orange right now, considering that he recorded 68 tackles, 17 sacks and forced an amazing 11 fumbles (recovering six of them) last fall.

Ranked No. 6 among prospects in the Lone Star State by TheInsiders, Granger is sure to be one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the Class of 2005 next fall. So, the fact that Tennessee graces his final seven is reason for celebration in Big Orange Country.

Asked by Blair Cunningham of which schools appeal to him most, Granger replied: ''I'm interested in OU (Oklahoma), UT (Texas), Texas A&M, Kansas, Miami, Tennessee and Baylor.''

Granger added that he already has offers from ''UT, Tennessee and Texas A&M.''

Certainly, Tennessee is in need of defensive tackle help. The Vols must replace both of last season's starters now that Mondre Dickerson is out of eligibility and J.T. Mapu is beginning a two-year Mormon mission.

The Vols signed two defensive tackle prospects for 2004 - juco standout Jesse Mahelona and Chattanooga prep star Demonte Bolden - but lost Fred Bledsoe to Arkansas on National Signing Day.

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