Greg Adkins, Tennessee's recruiting coordinator for the past few years, said the in-state talent in Tennessee is better this year than last year.
The Vols have already offered scholarships to four local products: Maryville receiver Tyler Maples
, Catholic linebacker-running back Harrison Smith
, Alcoa defensive end Rae Sykes
and Austin-East athlete Anthony Anderson.
UT is also recruiting three other area players: linemen John Bruhin and Jared McGaha of Powell and athlete Kyrus Lanxter of Alcoa.
Around the state, the Vols have offered fullback-linebacker Kevin Cooper of Chattanooga Baylor, receiver Todd Campbell of Franklin, linebacker Chris Donald of Huntington and athlete Golden Tate of Hendersonville.