The Vols have their eye on three candidates: Mike Grant of Iowa State, Joe Whitt Jr. of Louisville and Curtis Modkins of Georgia Tech. Each is a minority, but the Vols aren't necessarily locked into hiring an African-American to replace Washington, who is black.
Whitt's father is a long-time assistant at Auburn. Whitt Jr. was a walk-on at Auburn but took a medical redshirt because of injuries. He coached receivers at The Citadel. He is in his third year as cornerbacks coach and recruiting coordinator for Bobby Petrino at Louisville.
Modkins is in his fourth season at Georgia Tech. He coached P. J. Daniels, a walk-on who led the ACC in rushing in 2003. He served as cornerbacks coach at New Mexico and did an internship with the Dallas Cowboys.