Dooley going after one of Texas best

Derek Dooley has already proved that he can pull the No. 1 player out of Georgia, what can he do for an encore. How about invading the Lone Star State and getting one of its top players. That would help convince football fans in the country who the real UT really is. It appears that the Vols will be recruiting Daingerfield linebacker Steve Edmond, go "Inside" for the latest.

Derek Dooley has already proved that he can pull the No. 1 player out of Georgia, what can he do for an encore.

How about invading the Lone Star State and getting one of its top players. That would help convince football fans in the country who the real UT really is.

Dooley and staff are apparently not scared of fighting for the best talent no matter where the prospect is located.

One such player is the nations No. 2 outside linebacker Steve Edmond.

The Scout.com five star prospect resides in Northeast Texas, and apparently has interest in the Tennessee Vols.

InsideTennessee.com caught up with the Class AA State Defensive MVP Monday night to get his thoughts and connections with Dooley's current staff.

"I'm not sure if they have offered yet or not, but it wouldn't surprise me," Edmond said. "Coach Eric Russell is the coach that has been recruiting me from Texas Tech, we have built a pretty good relationship, I know he wants me at Tennessee also."

While the official offer may not have arrived in the small town of Daingerfield, Texas, there is little doubt there is probably one on the way.

"I would love an offer from Tennessee,' Edmond said. "I have always been intrigued by the SEC. I love the way they play defense in that league. I will definitely want to take a visit to Knoxville to check out their program."

With official offers already from Baylor, Houston, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech and Auburn, Edmond is pleased with all the early attention he has been receiving.

"I don't have an early favorite right now," Edmond said. "I'm glad to see all my hard work is finally paying off."

Edmond, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete, finished his junior season with 184 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions, leading the Tigers to a 15-1 overall record and a state championship. The Tigers only loss was to Class AAA power Gilmer.

If Dooley can pull this recruiting coup off, there will be no doubt who will be known as the real UT, especially in Northeast Texas.


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