Does Shirley have interest in Tennessee?

It's no secret that Lane and Monte Kiffin must upgrade the talent at linebackers for the Tennessee Volunteers. With two commitments already at the position, there are several others still on Volunteer's radar. InsideTennessee.com caught up with California's Josh Shirley to judge his interest in UT. Go "Inside" for the latest and whether the standout linebacker plans on visiting Knoxville.

Of all the positions on Tennessee's football squad, linebacker may be the most inexperienced.

With senior leader Rico McCoy leaving after this season, Lane Kiffin and staff will be looking to add more depth to the Vol linebacker corps.

They have already caught the eye of one potential ‘backer in California's Josh Shirley.

The 6'2" 225 lb. Fontana, California native wreaked havoc on his high school opponents last season, amassing 88 tackles and 17 sacks. With a 4.55 second forty time, Shirley has the speed necessary to play in Monte Kiffin defense.

Although USC, UCLA, and Washington are recruiting him the hardest, Shirley has definite interest in the Vols.

"I really like their conference. I mean, there's really no other like the SEC," Shirley said. "I like the coaches, too."

The Southern California native is being recruited to UT by offensive line coach James Cregg. He is familiar with the area, having coached for the Raiders with Lane Kiffin in Oakland.

Shirley, who says no one leads for his services, plans on taking a visit to Knoxville this fall. He says the distance from home will not be a factor in his decision.

"I comfortable with (the distance). It doesn't matter to me," Shirley said.

Despite the fact that several schools would love his commitment right now, Shirley says he will wait until after football season to make a decision.

"I don't want to commit until January. (The recruiting process) has been alright so far, I mean, it's not as hectic as everyone makes it out to be. So I'm just going to wait so I can focus on my season. I really want to work on learning to be a linebacker and making reads."


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