Underwood favors two SEC schools

Lane Kiffin and his staff is intent on building the Tennessee Football program in the right way, one way they are doing that is searching for the very best talent on both sides of the line. One Mississippi Junior College prospect that appears to be receiving some interest from Tennessee is Northeast Community College big man DeMarkus Underwood. Go inside to see where UT stacks up.

Lane Kiffin hasn't gone as far as posting help wanted signs for help in the trenches, but that might be the next step.

Kiffin and his staff is intent on building the Tennessee Football program in the right way, one way they are doing that is searching for the very best talent on both sides of the line.

One Mississippi Junior College prospect that appears to be receiving some interest from Tennessee is Northeast Community College big man DeMarkus Underwood.

InsideTennessee.com caught up with Underwood on Saturday to find out what his interest was in the Vols.

"I love Knoxville a lot," Underwood said. "I would love to end my career in Orange and White. I really feel at home there a lot."

Underwood, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman, runs the forty in 5.2 seconds. He currently has no official offers but is receiving a lot of interest from several top programs.

Does Underwood have an early favorite?

"Right now my top two schools are Tennessee and Ole Miss," Underwood admitted. "I really like the new coaching staff at UT and Ole Miss is really having a lot of success under Houston Nutt."

Other schools that are showing interest in the Colbert County Alabama native are LSU, Arkansas, Iowa and Auburn.

Underwood currently has a teammate that has already committed to Tennessee in John Brown and wouldn't mind continuing his playing career with his new friend.

"John and I are becoming great friends," Underwood said. "We are becoming closer; I would love to play at the Division 1 level with him."

Brown, a defensive lineman from Florida, committed to Tennessee in early June.

Another thing that has impressed Underwood about Rocky Top is Tennessee's emphasis that they put on academics.

"They have a great academic support program and they have a great graduation rate," Underwood said. "Coach Chaney began recruiting me out of high school, but I couldn't get my grades right. My classes are going really good now; I'm currently on track to graduate in December."

It appears that the Vols might pick up a quick pledge if an offer was to arrive.

"I would really love an offer from them," Underwood said. "It would be a dream come true."


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