Finding offensive linemen for his recruiting Class of 2011 is a top priority for Tennessee New Head Coach Derek Dooley.
If Dooley can find the needed help in the state of Tennessee, even better.
One area that the previous staff apparently didn't do as a good job recruiting is the East Tennessee boarders.
One Bristol offensive lineman Mack Crowder hopes that will change with Dooley and his new assistants.
"I haven't heard a lot from Tennessee yet," Crowder admitted to InsideTennessee.com "They have shown me a little attention, hopefully the new staff will recruit me a little harder."
Crowder, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound athlete, has yet to receive an official offer, he hopes that will change in the near future.
Crowder is definitely familiar with Rocky Top.
"I went up for the Memphis game this past fall," Crowder said. "They have really nice facilities, what a great environment to play a football game in."
What makes Crowder such a good offensive lineman?
"I use my explosion from my hips and lower body to knock my opponent off the line of the scrimmage," Crowder said. "I gave up no sacks last season, I do a pretty good job protecting my quarterback."
What are some important factors for Crowder in choosing a school?
"Distance really isn't a factor for me," Crowder said. "Academics are very important to me. I want to find somewhere that feels like home to me."