'Gus' has UT gushing

Tennessee reportedly has offered a scholarship to a raw-boned defensive tackle from Atlantic Coast territory.

August ''Gus'' Parrish is a 6-4, 290-pounder with 5.0 speed and a huge upside. He also has offers from second-tier programs Kent State, Akron, Prairie View and Towson State. The big boys are starting to take note of him, however. Parrish recently returned from Maryland's summer camp and is scheduled to visit Virginia this weekend.

Parrish recorded 85 tackles, 7 sacks and 12 tackles for loss as a junior last fall at Potomac High of Oxen Hill, Md. He was tabbed Honorable Mention all-metro and second-team all-league after helping his team reach the state championship game.

Despite his heft, he actually runs a leg on the 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay teams at Potomac High. In fact, he and his three running mates have been dubbed ''The Fat Man Relay team.'' Parrish also puts the shot. His best effort of 44-10 got him to the state meet but he did not place among the top finishers.

Reportedly, Parrish's early favorites are Virginia, Penn State, Maryland, Connecticut, Kent State and Michigan State.

Tennessee has signed one previous player from Oxen Hill -- wide receiver Clyde Duncan, who lettered in 1981, '82 and '83. The last player UT signed from the state of Maryland was also a defensive lineman, Ron Green of Severna Park, who helped the Vols to the 1998 national title.

Other recent Vol signees from Maryland include cornerback Andre Creamer (1984) and wide receiver Greg Kyler (1995) of Baltimore, receiver Dewayne Freeman (1992) of Hagerstown and lineman Rodney Ruth (1992) of Severn.

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