Ohio linebacker looking forward to Rocky Top

It's no secret that the Vols need to upgrade its talent level at the linebacker position. One national target appears to be Ohio linebacker Jarrett Grace. We recently caught up with Grace to get his thoughts on his Tennessee offer and get his thoughts and interest in the Vols. Go "Inside" for the latest on his recruitment.

While a lot of things has changed at the University of Tennessee Football program in a year, the one thing that remained the same is the need to improve the talent level at the linebacker position.

Last year's linebacker coach Lance Thompson returns for another season, only one of two coaches to remain on new head coach Derek Dooley's staff. Thompson was known for getting a lot of his squad last fall, motivating an injury plagued group.

It appears that the Vols are going to go after some of the best talent at the position in the country.

One that recently appeared on the UT radar is Ohio's Colerain High School middle linebacker Jarrett Grace.

Grace, a four star prospect by Scout.com and the No. 10th rated outside linebacker in the nation, confirmed recently with InsideTennessee.com that he indeed has an offer and interest in the Vols.

"Things are going pretty crazy right now for me in recruiting," Grace said. "I'm pretty excited about all the offers, especially the one from Tennessee. They are in the SEC, they have a new coach and I want to learn a lot more about their program."

While Grace hasn't seen first hand what Rocky Top is all about, he is hoping to get to visit sometime in the near future.

"I'm definitively would love to take a visit there," Grace said. "Hopefully I will get down there for an unofficial visit in the next couple of months."

Grace was a little surprised by the Tennessee offer.

"It appeared in the mail," Grace said. "I hadn't really spoke to their coaches very much, but I plan on getting in contact with them in the near future."

Grace finished his junior season with 95 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, five fumbles caused, four sacks and two interceptions. He says he can bench 300-pounds, squat 550 and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

Grace plans on going pre-med and has a perfect 4.0 core GPA. He is scheduled to take the SAT on March 13 and the ACT in April.

"I'm able to read the plays well and have a great nose for the ball. I have great vision," Grace said. I'm all about the hustle. That's my style. I hustle to everything."

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