RECRUITING: Cincy LB may be a Vol

A linebacker with speed to burn and a sister on The Hill is hoping to get a scholarship offer from the University of Tennessee this week.

Tyler Moeller is a 6-1, 205-pounder with 4.5 speed who registered 120 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior last fall at Colerain High School of Cincinnati. He already has scholarship offers from a couple of excellent football programs but UT isn't one of them.

"Iowa and Virginia Tech thought enough of me to offer a scholarship early in the process," he told Chris Pool of "I'd consider Ohio State or Tennessee if they offered me a scholarship but that doesn't consume me."

Moeller, known as "Taz" due to his knack for wreaking havoc on the football field, says UT coaches are deciding this week whether or not to offer him a scholarship. If the Vols do, he will be tempted to accept, since his sister is a communications major at Tennessee who does some work for ESPN during Vol home football games.

"Tennessee is definitely a school that I would consider," Moeller said. Until the Vols make a firm scholarship offer, however, he can't consider them one of his leaders.

"My favorites are Iowa, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Miami (Ohio)," he said.

Tech, like Tennessee, emphasizes a swarming defense built around speed. That has the Hokies at the top of Moeller's list.

"I love Virginia Tech's defense and their special teams," he said. "I also thought Virginia Tech had a beautiful campus. Virginia Tech called me on the very last day that they could call during the spring and told me that they just watched my tape and decided to offer me a scholarship."

Moeller expects to make his decision in the next few months. First, though, Tennessee's coaches have to make a decision of their own: Should they offer or should they wait?

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