Fulmer: Vol recruiting is 'OK'

With just two public commitments to date -- lineman Jared Hostetter (Louisa, Ky.) and linebacker Jonathan Poe (Coffeyville CC) -- Tennessee's football recruiting seems to be sputtering along at a snail's pace. But head coach Phillip Fulmer isn't concerned.

Questioned earlier today about having just two players committed, he replied: ''That YOU know about..." implying that the Vols have some private commitments, as well.

Fulmer went on to suggest that the Vols have at least four more players privately committed.

''You'd like to have six or eight if you could at this point ... I think that's about where we are with guys,'' he said. ''A lot of times the high-profile guys want to take their visits. I think we're OK.''

As always, Tennessee is recruiting heavily out of state. In fact, the Vols may be chasing more prospects than usual from outside the Southeast this year. Obviously, the farther you go from home, the more pitfalls you encounter.

''When you start traveling distance, you've got to be really smart. Everybody wants to visit but not everybody wants to come here. That's important (not wasting visits on prospects who lack a serious interest in UT).''

One reason Tennessee may be committing players at a slower pace than normal is the fact the Vols have fewer scholarships to give than normal. Reportedly, UT has fewer than 20 grants to offer this winter. Of course, that number could grow if the Vols lose some underclassmen to the NFL draft or lose some players to injury or transfer.

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