One of the top linebackers and leading tacklers from 2009 resides in West Tennessee.
Hardin County linebacker Stephen Rich was one of the top defenders in the Volunteer State recording over 200 tackles as a junior.
Rich, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound defender, was named to the First Team Class 5A this past fall, recording 209 tackles, 109 solos 100 assisted, 12 tackles for losses, two forced fumbles and four interceptions.
Rich admits that there is one school that he grew up loving.
"I have always been a big UT fan," Rich told InsideTennessee.com. "I have grown up in Orange and White."
Rich recently attended Tennessee's first Junior Day under new head coach Derek Dooley and came away very impressed with Rocky Top.
"I went to the Memphis game last year," Rich said. "I love the school, and everything about Knoxville. It was fun and exciting; it was an honor to meet the new coaching staff."
According to Rich, the Tennessee coaching staff is showing him a lot of interest.
"They want me to come back up for the spring game," Rich said. "Coach Thompson wants me to come to camp this summer."
Another school that is showing the West Tennessee prospect is another in state school.
"Vanderbilt wants me to come take a visit this spring," Rich said. "Both schools are in the SEC, both are great schools."