Vol prospect gets 3rd offer

An offensive lineman who is considering Tennessee now has three scholarship offers.

His name is Thomas Austin, and he's a 6-4, 270-pound offensive line prospect from Camden (S.C.) High School. He reportedly got an offer from Clemson during a visit to the Tigers' spring game last Saturday.

''That is his third offer now,'' Austin's mother told Roy Philpott of CUTigers.com ''He's also been offered by South Carolina and Vanderbilt.''

Austin, who named as a Class 3-A All-Area Player by The State Newspaper, is receiving interest from programs throughout the Southeast.

''Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee and Duke have all showed interest so far,'' Austin said in an earlier interview with CUTigers.com.

Austin, who reportedly has 5.1 speed over 40 yards, seems to be fairly athletic for a big man.

''He's got good hips, good speed, can bend his knees and he's a good wrestler,'' said Camden coach Jimmy Neal.

Tennessee lost four offensive linemen from its 2003 rotation (Scott Wells, Anthony Herrera, Chavis Smith, Sean Young) and loses three more blockers following the 2004 season (Michael Munoz, Jason Respert and Chuck Prugh).


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