RECRUITING: UT eyes 370-pounder

You don't need a map to find one of the biggest prospects on Tennessee's recruiting list this year. You just need a Mapp.

That would be Lionel Mapp, a 6-5, 370-pound offensive lineman from Greene County High School in Greensboro, Ga. He covers 40 yards in 5.7 seconds and, surprisingly enough, has a 27-inch vertical jump.

Mapp recently told Scout.com's Scott Kennedy that he is "hearing a lot from Florida, Tennessee and Georgia. I feel like those three schools all may be close to offering me (scholarships)."

One school already has made an offer. Alabama came through in June.

"It was great when I received the offer," Mapp told Kennedy. "I like it a lot, but I would still like to see more schools come into the picture. Alabama is a nice school with a very nice atmosphere."

If the Vols are seriously interested in Mapp, they apparently have some ground to make up in their pursuit of this massive young man.

"My favorites are Florida and Georgia," Mapp told Kennedy. "Alabama is my only offer, though. I guess I will have to say they are also a favorite. I am going to try and wait as long as I can before I make any decision."

Mapp has been trying to shed some weight and recently announced he is down to 362 pounds.

"I have been working and improving my footwork all summer," he said. "I have also been trying to get faster."

Mapp is bigger than any of Tennessee's current offensive linemen. The heaviest player on the 2005 roster is offensive tackle Albert Toeaina, who is listed as 6-6 and 355 pounds.

Toeaina is down to his final year of eligibility. So are guard Cody Douglas and center Richie Gandy, making offensive linemen a key recruiting priority for the Vols this year. As a result, UT staffers could be "Mapping" a strategy that includes numerous visits to Greensboro, Ga., in the coming months.


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