This is an area that the Volunteers haven't had a lot of luck with over the years, something that Dooley apparently plans on changing.
One particular need for Dooley's 2011 recruiting class is defensive tackles. One Bluff City defenseman that fits that bill is Whitehaven's defensive tackle Terry Redden.
Redden, a 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive tackle who runs a 4.9 forty, recently picked up his first official offer from Clemson. He is hoping and expecting more in the near future.
"I was very happy and amazed," Redden told InsideTennessee.com. "It shows that my hard work is paying off. Hopefully my first offer won't be my last."
Redden finished his junior season with 55 tackles, seven sacks, three fumble recoveries and one fumble return for six yards.
There appears to be another school on Redden's radar. That school would be the University of Tennessee. Redden confirmed Thursday he indeed has interest in the Volunteer Football program.
"Tennessee would be a great college choice for me," Redden said. "I have a lot of interest in the Vols. My dad likes them a lot; he would love for me to go there. It's close to home and they have a great academic reputation."
Redden got a chance to check out the campus last summer, he attended one of the Vols summer camps.
"It was a nice experience," Redden said. "There was a crazy amount of competition there, it was a fun camp."
Does Redden have any early favorites?