Hathorn could be versatile Vol

Tennessee is among the schools chasing a versatile offensive line prospect from the Magnolia State.

Michael Hathorn is a 6-4, 260-pounder from Corinth (Miss.) High School who can play tackle, guard or center. He reportedly runs a 5.0 in the 40-yard dash and is garnering attention from plenty of schools.

''My favorite teams right now are Georgia, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Florida, and LSU," Hathorn told Scott Kennedy of TheInsiders.com. ''I've gotten letters from teams like Memphis, Georgia, Arkansas State, Colorado, and Auburn. My dad (Dale) played basketball at Mississippi State."

In addition, Hathorn attended several Mississippi State games last fall. Considering his father's ties to the school, the Bulldogs also could figure in the battle for Michael's services.

Hathorn bench-presses 365 pounds and squats 500. He plays for the school baseball team (catcher and first base) and is a solid student who should have no trouble qualifying academically for immediate eligibility at the college level.

Regarding his style of play, he said: ''I try and compare my game to Shawn Andrews of Arkansas; he just plows the road.''

Given that Tennessee must replace four of the top six players from its 2003 offensive line -- Scott Wells, Anthony Herrera, Chavis Smith and Sean Young -- the Vols are understandably eager to locate some young O-line talent. Given that UT head man Phillip Fulmer likes for his blockers to be able to play more than one position, Hathorn's versatility could make him a great fit for an Orange jersey.

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