Memphis DT has Tennessee in Top Five

The Memphis area always produces D1 talent. New Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley wants to get his share of the talented players to reside at Rocky Top. One of the Bluff City prospects that has interest in the Vols is Whitehaven's big defensive tackle Terry Redden. Redden has Tennessee in his early Top Five Favorites, go "Inside" to see why he likes Rocky Top.

New Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley has been busy assembling a staff; one of his first assignments was to put assistant head coach Charlie Baggett in charge of recruiting the Memphis area.

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 "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?

"My top five include Alabama, Tennessee, USC, Miami and Clemson," Redden said. "I'm hoping I will be able to get up there for a spring practice and get the chance to meet the new coaching staff."

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