Vols chasing in-state LB

A guy who fits the mold of recent Vol linebackers Eric Westmoreland and Eddie Moore is starting to make a splash nationally.

Like Westmoreland and Moore, Todd Cox is an in-stater, starring at Harding Academy of Memphis. Like Westmoreland and Moore, he isn't particularly big (6-1, 190) or fast (4.6). Like Westmoreland and Moore, he's being used as a running back in high school (950 rushing yards on just 80 carries last fall). But, like Westmoreland and Moore, he appears to have a bright future as a linebacker.

Cox is so impressive on defense that LSU, Ole Miss, USC, North Carolina, and Tennessee offered scholarships early. Another rash of offers followed in recent weeks.

''I have received written offers from Arkansas, Miami, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Southern Miss, North Carolina State, Memphis and Louisville,'' Cox told Andrew Bone of TheInsiders.com. ''I'm not sure yet which schools I'm considering. I'm really looking at everyone right now.''

As Cox' reputation grows, so does the flow of college scouts to the Harding Academy practice field.

''Just about everyone has been here,'' he said. ''There are about two or three coaches here everyday.''

Although he hardly needs to showcase his talent, Cox plans to attend several summer camps.

''I know for sure I'm going to Tennessee and Memphis camps,'' he said. ''I'm trying to decide on the other camps I will go to.''

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