Gigantic Georgian on UT's list

Tennessee may be a longshot but that isn't stopping the Vols from chasing one of the biggest and best prospects in the Peach State.

Marlon Davis is a 6-4 320-pound offensive tackle from Carver High of Columbus, Ga. He recorded 59 pancack blocks as a junior last fall and projects to be one of the South's better prospects in 2004. The Vols are in his early top six.

''I like Georgia, Alabama, Maryland, Florida State, Tennessee and Florida,'' he told Ryan Jordan of ''Florida and Georgia have been recruiting me the hardest.''

Not surprisingly, the homestate Bulldogs are the team to beat.

''Georgia is my leader,'' Davis said. ''They are the state university and I have been a UGA fan my entire life.''

Davis says his parents are Alabama fans. He likes Maryland because of its ''campus atmosphere, academics and the overall scheme of their offense.''

And what does he like about Tennessee?

''It's really the same as Maryland,'' he said. ''Their coach came by the school and I like how they run their practices and their style of offense."

Davis says he likes Florida because head man Ron Zook ''is a passing coach and I like to pass block. They also have a good medicine program and I want to major in orthopedic medicine.''

Asked what he's looking for in a college, Davis replied: ''A very good medical program is the first thing. I also want a place with a good winning tradition and a good football program.''

Thanks to a 3.8 GPA, Davis should have no problem qualifying for collegiate eligibility. He's also a track standout, with a best heave of 55-7 in the shot put.

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