In-stater might be a Vol

Tennessee may have another homegrown offensive lineman on the way.

Collierville's Scott Eller is a 6-foot-2, 299-pounder who ran a 5.3 in the 40-yard dash at the recent MSL camps. His greatest attribute appears to be his strength.

''I did 27 reps at 185 pounds,'' Eller told Bryan Munson of HuskerConnection.com. ''I have around a 350 max bench press. I can squat around 520, and my vertical at the combine was 29 inches.''

Eller was named first team all-region and Best of the Preps in Tennessee following his junior season. He hasn't gotten any scholarship offers yet but he is getting interest from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Memphis, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Michigan, South Carolina, Southern Miss and Middle Tennessee State.

Although he plays offensive tackle in high school, Eller's modest height may force him inside to guard at the collegiate level. His agility should make for a smooth transition.

''My speed and my strengths are my biggest strengths at playing the offensive line position,'' he said. ''I'm pretty good at pulling.''

Eller already plans to attend summer camps at Ole Miss, Tennessee and Arkansas. He hopes to attend another combine in Nashville in the coming months.

Tennessee has enjoyed tremendous success with in-state offensive linemen in recent years, the notables including Jeff Smith (Milan), Jason Layman (Sevierville), Kevin Mays (Kingston), Bubba Miller (Franklin), Spencer Riley (New Market), Trey Teague (Jackson), Chad Clifton (Martin), Toby Champion (Humboldt), Scott Wells (Spring Hill) and Will Ofenheusle (Martin).


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