For new Tennessee Coach Lane Kiffin to have the success he is and his coaching staff want to achieve, they must first secure the best talent the Volunteer state has to offer.
No more letting the state's best talents go elsewhere, Kiffin and company must figure out a way to secure the best in state talent's signatures.
One such talent is Nashville Maplewood Comp High School James Stone.
The Scout.com Four Star prospect is one of the state's highly coveted players and may be the top player in the state when state rankings are released later this summer. A true must have for the new Tennessee coaching staff.
"I really like Tennessee a lot," Stone told InsideTennessee.com. "They have such a dynamic coaching staff. I love their energy and love for Tennessee football."
Staying close to home intrigues the 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman.
"Staying in my home state, playing in front of my friends and family is definitely on my mind," Stone said. "I have a lot of opportunities before me; I just have to make the right decision for me."
Speaking of opportunities, Stone currently holds official offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Cal, Stanford, Duke , North Carolina, Florida State, Maryland, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Georgia and Clemson to name a few.
Stone got the chance to take in a Tennessee practice earlier this spring.
"I was surprised by how fast paced the practice was," Stone said. "It was very high energy and up tempo, I loved it."
Stone was also impressed with new head coach Lane Kiffin.
"He seems like a great leader," Stone said. "I'm looking forward to see what type of season they have this year. I'm expecting great things from them."
How does Tennessee ranks with Stone?
"Tennessee definitely ranks at the top of my list," Stone said. "They are definitely one of the top schools I'm looking at."