UT likes huge DT

Tennessee reportedly has offered a scholarship to one of the South's biggest defensive tackle prospects. But the Vols may face a huge task in wresting him away from his homestate university.

Jarred Shaw is a 6-4, 330-pounder from Northside High of Lafayette, La. He used his 5.0 speed to register 98 tackles last fall, including 7 ½ sacks. He's also an excellent student, carrying a 3.9 grade-point average and a 22 ACT score.

The Vols and UCLA reportedly have offered scholarships already but Shaw is hoping for an offer from LSU, whose camp he attended last week. The mammoth lineman expected to receive an offer from Tiger head man Les Miles during his visit to Baton Rouge but one was not forthcoming.

"No," Shaw told Sonny Shipp of TigerRag.com. "They didn't say anything about an offer. I was supposed to talk to Coach Miles at the end of the day on Monday but he was with his family."

Shaw did speak with LSU defensive coordinator Bo Pelini, who expressed keen interest in the massive young man.

"He was a real nice guy," Shaw told Shipp. "He asked me what schools I was looking at, and I told him LSU. He said he was going to try to make it happen."

Shaw worked at defensive tackle in the morning session of LSU's camp but spent time at offensive guard in the afternoon session. He would prefer to play defense at the college level but his interest in LSU is so strong that he'd be willing to make an exception for the Tigers.

"I still want to play defense but I want to play for LSU," he said. "So, if they want me for offense then I'll play there."

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