Vols in Georgian's top six

A two-way tackle from talent-rich Georgia lists Tennessee among his top six colleges.

Brian Truelove is a 6-2, 256-pound junior from Brookwood High School of Snellville, Ga. Signing Day of 2005 is 11 months away, but he already has a half-dozen schools he lists as favorites.

''My favorites are Wisconsin, Nebraska, Tennessee, West Virginia, Boston College, and Illinois,'' he told Ryan Jordan of TheInsiders.com. ''I've also received interest from Maryland and Arkansas.''

Although he grew up a Georgia Tech fan, he's looking more to the Midwest these days.

''I like the Big 10 and the Big XII,'' he said. ''The Big 10 has a lot of tradition with Wisconsin, Michigan and Purdue. I started watching the Big XII because of Nebraska. They have a lot of good teams.''

Asked to assess his style of play, Truelove answered: ''I play hard every play, and never miss an assignment. When things go wrong and guys are yelling at each other, I keep the team together.''

As good as he is, he's looking to better himself in the months ahead.

''I'd like to improve my speed, vertical leap, and footwork,'' he said.

Tennessee is always looking for line talent but the Vol staff is looking especially hard after losing four of its top six offensive linemen from 2003 -- Scott Wells, Chavis Smith, Anthony Herrera and Sean Young. UT also loses its top two defensive tackles of 2003, Mondre Dickerson (to graduation) and J.T. Mapu (to Mormon Mission).

In addition, the Vols must replace three more offensive linemen following the 2004 season -- Michael Munoz, Jason Respert and Chuck Prugh.


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