Tennessee going after Memphis top defender

Keeping the states best talent at home in Knoxville is one of Lane Kiffin and staff's number one goal for the Volunteer Football program. Ridgeway standout defender Justin Maclin was impressed with the fact that Coach Ed Orgeron was one of the first visitors to the school last week. Go inside to get Maclin's thoughts of the University of Tennessee.

Keeping the states best talent at home in Knoxville is one of Lane Kiffin and staff's number one goal for the Volunteer Football program.

Recruiting Memphis has always been a challenge for the Tennessee football program, Ed Orgeron, the team's new recruiting coordinator and former No. 1 recruiter of the Year hopes to change that.

The University of Tennessee was one of the first schools to arrive at Memphis Ridgeway High School last Monday, the first day that coaches could be on the road. Orgeron wanted one of the state's top defenders to realize how important he was to the Vols.

Ridgeway standout defender Justin Maclin was impressed with the fact that Coach Orgeron was one of the first visitors to the school.

"Coach O was there first thing," Maclin said. "Tennessee is really coming on strong. They are definitely recruiting me harder than anyone at this point."

Maclin saw nine coaches come through the hallways of Ridgeway last week, including those from Ole Miss, North Carolina, Texas Tech, Illinois, Alabama and LSU.

"Recruiting is going crazy," Maclin told InsideTennessee.com. "I couldn't believe how many coaches came by. Things are definitely starting to pick up for me.

Maclin, a 6-foot4, 225-pound outside linebacker and Scout.com four star prospect, currently has 12 offers with the last two coming from Southern California and Vanderbilt.

While Maclin claims not to have a top five favorite list, there is one offer that stands out more than the rest.

"The offer from USC is probably my favorite offer so far," Maclin said. "For Pete Carroll to be interested in me is very flattering."

Maclin makes no bones about it; he is looking for a school that can help take his game to the next level, the NFL. Maclin is well aware of the fact that Monte Kiffin is on the new Tennessee coaching staff.

"He is a NFL legend," Maclin said. "He is one of the best in the business. The Tennessee staff has a lot of NFL experience, so does the Alabama staff and the coaches from USC."

Maclin plans on attending a one day camp in Knoxville this summer, he is looking forward to getting to know the new coaching staff better.

"I'm looking forward to spending some time on the Tennessee campus," Maclin said. "I hope to get to know the new coaching staff a lot better; I'm looking forward to it."


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