Vols chasing Ohio stud

Tennessee football recruiters are pushing hard to land one of Ohio's top prospects.

His name is Todd Denlinger, and he's a 6-3, 275-pound junior who played middle linebacker last season for Troy High School. He recorded 125 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 5 sacks and an interception last fall but projects to be a defensive lineman in college.

According to Bucknuts.com, Tennessee reportedly offered a scholarship early on, along with Maryland, Pitt, Wisconsin and others. Ohio State recently came through with an offer, making the Buckeyes the odds-on favorite for Denlinger's services.

Blessed with 4.8 speed over 40 yards, a 350-pound bench press and a 26-inch vertical jump, Denlinger is very athletic for his size. He is rated his state's No. 3 overall prospect by Ohio High magazine recruiting editor Duane Long.

Ohio has been a rich recruiting ground for Tennessee. The Vols have landed such standouts as Roland James, William Howard, Tim McGee, Jeremy Lincoln, Anthony Morgan, Darryl Hardy, Chuck Webb, Peerless Price and Michael Munoz.

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