Vols State Case to Warren

There are only three four-star prospects in the state of Tennessee this recruiting season, and the University of Tennessee would like to make a clean sweep of that talented trio.

In order to do so they will have to convince Knoxville Alcoa tight end Brandon Warren that the gridiron grass isn't greener in Tallahassee, Fla.

The Seminoles appear to have galvanized their hold on Warren after his official visit to campus last weekend and an in-home from FSU head coach Bobby Bowden last week.

The Vols have until Monday morning to change his mind as he is scheduled to announce at a Knoxville news station. Even his official visit to UT will be interrupted by a basketball game he's playing in on Saturday.

"I have a ball game Saturday so I'm going to go up after basketball practice Friday, stay all night then," he told IT tonight. "I can't be in contact with the coaches at a game. I can't be on campus or anything so I'm coming home Saturday morning. Then after my ball game, I'll go back and wrap my visit up."

Tennessee isn't going to give up without a fight especially since Warren, who is ranked the nation's No. 7 tight end prospect, could be the answer to developing a receiving threat at that key position. That's why UT OC David Cutcliffe was on Alcoa's campus Thursday.

"Coach Cutcliffe, he's a great offensive coordinator," said Warren. "He's offensive minded. He came in today at school and drew up a couple of plays and formations and stuff, showing me how I could get the ball if I was there. It looked pretty good. He knows how to get the ball to a tight end. That's one of his primary goals he wants to do. I'm going to go in and look at it and then I'll take it from there. Monday I will announce my decision."

Tennessee's hometown advantage may have been neutralized last weekend as Warren's family, which was in favor of him remaining close to home, have now given their blessings to whatever decision he wants to make.

"They did at first until they got back last week," Warren said of his family's desire to keep him in Knoxville. "They got to see Florida State and got to see a lot of things they didn't know. They're leaving it up to me now so I've got to take it from here and hopefully make the best decision. "

However he will also have plenty of family support when he tours The Hill.

"My grandmother and my mother will go on the visit with me, along with my brother and sister," he said. "I'm going to announce on a local news station. I'll be announcing it on the Mark Packard show. I think it will be around 9:30 or 10:10 (EST) that morning."

It's Tennessee's turn and the clock is ticking.


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