RECRUITING: Big' un looking at UT

With Tennessee looking for offensive linemen, it's no wonder one of the biggest prospects in the South has shown up on the Vols' radar.

Conrad Thomas is a 6-5, 338-pounder from Douglas County, Ga., whose size, strength and quickness have college scouts taking notice. Two schools already have offered scholarships and several more appear likely to do so in the weeks ahead.

''South Carolina and Memphis have offered,'' Thomas told Ryan Jordan of ''Alabama wants me to come to camp first before they¹ll offer. UNC is also looking hard.''

Asked which schools appeal to him most, Conrad replied: ''Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina and maybe Tennessee. I don¹t really have a favorite school. I just like the SEC schools. I think in that conference they just play harder. That¹s where the best competition is.''

Thomas was at Georgia's camp this weekend. He already attended Georgia Tech's camp and is planning to visit Auburn's camp. North Carolina appears likely to get a visit, as well.

Basically, Thomas is looking for a school that offers a strong engineering school and an opportunity for immediate playing time.

''I don¹t really want to redshirt,'' he said. ''I¹d like to get some playing time.''

If he's looking for immediate playing time, Tennessee might be just the place to find it. The Vols will say goodbye to three senior blockers following the 2005 season -- Cody Douglas, Albert Toeaina and Richie Gandy. And, with a big junior year, Arron Sears might jump to the NFL following the '05 season.

The Vols will have some massive holes to fill in their 2006 offensive line rotation, and Conrad Thomas just might be massive enough to fill one of them.

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