Big Man Stan Fits UT's Plan

After committing mammoth 6-foot-6, 340-pound Aubrey Phillips, the Vols could bring imposing balance to their offensive line of the future by landing 6-foot-6, 340-pound Stan Hasiak to play the other side.

Nothing like a pair of pachyderms at the tackle positions to power Tennessee's running game. No need to pound the rock when you could mobilize the mountains. And talk about protection for the passing game, their girth alone would require rushers to take a backdoor approach to the pocket. If you really want to go unbalanced up front just put the bookends side-by-side and run right behind them. However signing Hasiak from Kepolei High School, Kapolei ((Oahu, Hawaii) will require a greater investment in time and energy than getting the formidable Phillips from Olive Branch, Miss. Six time zones removed from Knoxville, the Vols need to get Hasiak on campus to contend for his services. That task is easier for west coast contenders like UCLA, Arizona, Washington and CAL. Hasiak was on USC's campus recently for the Rising Stars Camp and impressed the Trojans' staff so much they offered him on the spot. While in California he also paid a call on UCLA and CAL.

Still there are a couple of factors that may work in UT's favor. Hasiak doesn't plan to announce any decision until after his senior season. That provides Tennessee with time to entice him to visit. If the Vols could get him in for a football weekend they would certainly compare well to the PAC 10 programs where game day is more entertainment than an essential element to life as it is in the SEC.

The fact Tennessee opens its season in Los Angeles may also provide an opportunity for Stan Hasiak to get a first hand look at the program.

Josh Nunes, a UT QB commitment from Upland, Calif., was also at the Rising Star Camp and has stated his intention to be active recruiting for the Vols this season. Certainly he sees the advantage of having a player of Hasiak's caliber and stature protecting his blind side and will make try to persuade him to take a long look at UT.

Currently ranked No. 18 among the nation's offensive tackle prospects and No. 9 on's Northwest Hot 100 list, Hasiak can play four positions along the front. He runs a 5.5 time in the 40 and has nimble footwork for such a domination presence. He is fully qualified with a 3.5 GPA and a 1520 score on his SAT. He plans to study sports medicine.

Hasiak said he plans to research the cities of all the colleges that have offered him as well as examine what each school has to offer academically. However he indicates his decision could hinge on a feeling.

"It all depends on who makes me feel like I'm home," Hasiak told James Bryant of Pony Stampede. "That's where I will end up at, where I feel the most comfortable at."

Tennessee hopes to get the chance to show Big Stan some southern comfort and hospitality, along with some tail-kicking football.

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