Vols chasing Florida LB

One of the top junior linebacker prospects in America lists Tennessee among his five favorite college football programs.

Spencer Adkins of Naples (Fla.) High School is a 6-foot, 230-pounder with 4.59 speed and an uncanny knack for making plays. He registered 80 tackles (18 for minus yardage) last fall as a defensive end. He's a lock to play linebacker in college.

''The colleges (coaches) say I will play linebacker,'' Adkins told Jamie Newberg of TheInsiders.com. ''I played a little last season and I may stand up more this season. I think it's exciting. I am the type of player that is always playing in the backfield. I am quick off the edge and I have good instincts. I run things down and make plays.''

Adkins recorded 10 sacks in leading Naples High School to the state title game last season. He's aiming a bit higher as a senior.

''I want 16 sacks and a ring this season,'' he said.

Adkins already has scholarship offers from Florida State, Florida, Miami, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU. His top five are all southern schools.

''I like Miami, Florida, FSU, LSU and Tennessee,'' he said. ''I love the aggressive style of Miami and they have such a great tradition. The same can be said for FSU and Florida. LSU is doing something right because they won a championship. Tennessee is a good program, too, and I feel I can come in and make a difference.''

Tennessee is fighting the good fight but its chances of pulling Adkins from his homestate appear slim.

''I want to go somewhere where I feel comfortable but I also want to stay close to home,'' he said. ''I would like to play early and that will be a factor. I am going to try and keep an open mind but I would like to stay in Florida.''

Exceptionally athletic, Adkins has a 380-pound bench press and a 37-inch vertical jump.


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