Text, Lines & Videotape

In an age of high-tech recruiting when text messaging has become so popular it's about to be outlawed, it's better to be a fast typer than a fast talker, but you still have to dial the right number.

Case in point: Tennessee's coaches had their fingers crossed in hopes mammoth Illinois O-lineman Graham Pocic would be interested in becoming a Volunteer, however it wasn't until they got their digits uncrossed that they could establish a line of commutation.

The Vols officially extended their scholarship offer Pocic last Friday, although they had been trying to reach him for weeks.

"I picked up the offer from Tennessee today when a coach came up to the school to meet me," Pocic told Scout.com recruiting analyst Matt Alkire. "It's actually weird because they said they had been sending me text messages for a long time and wondered why I hadn't responded to them. It turned out they had the wrong cell phone number and were sending the texts to some random person."

It's highly unlikely the "random person" receiving messages from Greg Adkins was a 6-foot-7, 315-pound high school senior who could post a 4.94 short shuttle or a 30-inch vertical leap.

In fact when you think of it in those terms it's little wonder UT offensive line coach Greg Adkins wasn't willing to take no response for an answer and it's no surprise he would want to see this physical specimen for himself.

"I was only able to speak to the coach for a few minutes because of the rules obviously, but he did introduce himself and drop off a written offer to me," Pocic said. "I know that Tennessee is a top program in the SEC, has great tradition and has an absolutely huge stadium. They're a big offer for me and they immediately jumped into my favorites today."

Graham Pocic has an impressive list of suitors visiting Township High School in Lemont, Ill., as offers for the athletic man child continue to pour in.

"I have offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue, Florida State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Duke, North Carolina State, Maryland and Northwestern," he told Scout.com's Chris Pool. "I have an offer from Purdue right now but I prefer other schools over them right now. My favorites are Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Illinois. There's not a leader right now. I want to wait for little bit to start narrowing anything down."

This week Pocic was expecting to add offers from Penn State and Florida to his coffers. An written offer from Michigan is reportedly on the way.

"Florida said they would be coming to the school on Tuesday and said if I was the size I claimed I was they would be offering," Pocic said. "The head coach from Colorado is coming in next Tuesday as well and Florida State, Maryland, Northwestern and Illinois have all told me they would have coaches stopping by. I think Virginia, Colorado and Michigan State are three other schools that could offer me very soon."

As much as Pocic stands out on film he's even more impressive in person. He was one of the standout O-linemen at the National Junior Combine in January, demonstrating quickness, toughness and strength.

He would like to narrow his choices down to a workable number this spring and make his decision sometime during the summer.

This one promises to be a red hot recruiting race regardless of the season.


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