Tennessee Leads for Topflight Texas TB

There's an entire constellation of high school football stars in the Lone Star State and Tennessee is aiming to reach some of them this year behind the work of Starship Trooper Taylor.

Taylor, who joined UT's staff early this year after running back coach Woody McCorvey took the offensive coordinator's post at Mississippi State, made an immediate impact on the Vols 2004 recruiting efforts. He is credited with helping close the deal for Brentwood fullback David Holbert as well as turning the tide for tailback San Diego Arian Foster.

Now he's returning to his college turf in Texas (he played at Baylor) and is enjoying more recruiting success. To appreciate just how well he's doing consider that highly regarded running back Cody Glenn of Rusk High School names Tennessee as his leader despite never having seen UT's campus. Glenn lists the Vols ahead of two schools that he has visited — Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. He has offers from his top three schools in addition to Arizona, Baylor and BYU among others.

"It would probably be Tennessee," Glenn said when asked to name a leader. "My relationship with Coach (Trooper) Taylor is very good and the possibility of playing early is also something I can probably do there, too."

Glenn is rated the No. 3 tailback in Texas during a year when the state is loaded with outstanding running backs. As a junior, he broke the 2,000-yard barrier with 2,006 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Although he's not the type of breakaway back that UT commitment LaMarcus Coker is, Glenn, 6-0, 205, is a rugged runner who can breaks tackles and pound the ball between the tackles with the best of them. His frame and power running style could lead to Texan eventually becoming a fullback. Glenn turned a time of 4.6 at the Nike Camp last spring, but insists he can beat that clocking.

"I didn't get to run the 40 at the Nike camp the way I wanted to because of the rain," he said. "I'm sure I will bust out a low-4.5 or high-4.4 at SMU (camp). I'm looking forward to it."

Originally, Glenn, who is rated the No. 20 overall prospect in Texas, planned to announce his decision before his senior season started. But he has since decided to wait until he has a chance to actually see the campus of his leader.

"I'll probably only take three official visits," he said. "And that would be to Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M."

Barring a late rush by his childhood favorite (Texas Longhorns) which hasn't offered, the talented Glenn could well be Big Orange bound.

Thanks to a real Trooper.

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