Bradley Sowell, a 6-foot-8, 340-pounder from Hernando, attended UT's Senior Camp last weekend and came away with positive vibes toward the Big Orange.
In addition to his imposing size, Sowell is an accomplished deep snapper. He says he long-snapped in .70 seconds during UT's camp, a figure he says Vol coaches found "extremely impressive."
Sowell says he clocked a 5.5 in the 40-yard dash last Saturday and performed well in the agility drills.
"I showed really good footwork," he told Porter. "I think I was the best lineman there. They really liked me."
Tennessee has not yet offered a scholarship but Sowell expects one in the near future.
"I think there is going to be one coming pretty soon," he said. "They said they were really talking about it. They said the only reason they did not offer me at the camp is because they do not think they can get me away from Ole Miss."
That is a consideration. Sowell admits he is "pretty solid" in his commitment to the Rebels, adding: "I have been rooting for them for 17 years, and that is where my heart is. But I also told them (Vol coaches) that if they were to give me an offer, it would give me a little something to think about."
UT offensive line coach Greg Adkins and recruiting coordinator Matt Luke spent plenty of time with Sowell during Saturday's camp, making sure he felt comfortable and appreciated.
"They said I had unbelievable athletic skills for a guy my size," he told Porter. "I long snapped, blocked, threw the ball, went out for passes, punted, kicked, just a little of everything. They had the number one OL from Wisconsin, Kentucky, and Michigan there, and they said any coach would be crazy to take any of them over me. They were kind of taken back by how athletic I was being my size."
Can Fulmer pry this young behemoth away from Orgeron? Perhaps. As Michael Oher proved last year, anything can happen in the wacky world of recruiting