An "Inside" look at Marques Pair

In a new feature from InsideTennessee.com we will be looking at the University of Tennessee commitments through the eyes of their high school or junior college coaches. In the third edition of this exclusive feature, InsideTennessee.com caught up with Sumter South Carolina Head Coach Buddy Sorrells to get his thoughts on Tennessee commitment Marques Pair.

In a new feature from InsideTennessee.com we will be looking at the University of Tennessee commitments through the eyes of their high school or junior college coaches.

Giving all Vol fans an "Inside" look at the commitments of the 2010 recruiting class of the Tennessee Volunteers.

Who knows their players better than their coaches?

In the third edition of this exclusive feature, InsideTennessee.com caught up with Sumter South Carolina Head Coach Buddy Sorrells to get his thoughts on Tennessee commitment Marques Pair.

Pair, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 266-pounds, is apparently getting bigger as we speak.

"Marques has put on 35 pounds since last fall," Coach Sorrells said. "He is getting bigger and stronger, that's' what college coaches like about him so much. He is so athletic and can really move for a big man. Right now he is 6-foot-6 and weighing near 280 pounds."

Pair lines up at offensive tackle for Sumter High; one of his biggest assets is his long arms and great feet.

"Marques wing span is incredible," Sorrells said. "A defender has to run a long ways to get around him. His quick feet allow him to protect the quarterback, he is vital to our offense."

That apparently isn't Pair only talents.

"He is very flexible and very agile," Pair said. "He is getting stronger, and his work ethic is great. He is always around the gym."

So far Tennessee is Pair's only offer, but Coach Sorrells feels that Pair's commitment to the Volunteers is very solid.

"It was his first offer,' Sorrells said. "That meant a lot to him. He went up there and fell in love with their campus and their coaching staff. Tennessee is in great shape with him."

Does Pair have any weaknesses?

He played last year at 245 pounds, Pair is learning how to his body and recent growth in size to his advantage.

"He needs to get a little more physical," Sorrells said. "He is getting stronger everyday, he is also learning how to be physical and to finish off his opponent. He is doing a better job getting after folks."

There was no doubt on what Sorrells thinks about Pair, the young man.

"He is a fine young man," Sorrells said. "He lives in the gym almost. He loves helping the younger players learn the game."

What type of player is Tennessee is getting?

"They are getting a pretty good one," Sorrells said. "He has so much upside. His best football is ahead of him. You can't teach 6-foot-6 and 280-pounds and great feet. He isn't through growing either. He is one of a kind; I think Tennessee is getting a great one."

Pair is rated as three star prospect by Scout.com and is rated as the No. 81 offensive tackle in the country.


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