Little big man

A little running back appears to be a relatively big priority for Tennessee football recruiters.

Chevelle Buie, a 5-9, 165-pounder from Cocoa (Fla.) High School, says he got a visit from Vol head coach Derek Dooley recently.

"He came to my school," Buie told InsideTennessee by phone from Cocoa. "He's a nice guy. I felt like he was very, very, very interested in me. I told him I'm going to take a trip there to Tennessee."

Buie says the Vols have offered a scholarship and indicated he is giving it strong consideration.

"I could see myself at Tennessee," Buie said, adding that Dooley "told me a lot of stuff about their program, and I liked what I heard. I'll just have to wait and see when I get up there."

Buie did not attend the UT high school camp over the weekend but hopes to take a tour of the campus later this summer.

"I'm planning on coming up there in July," he said. "I believe there's a camp scheduled then."

Buie is working hard to prepare for the 2010 high school season and his eventual move into the college ranks.

"I've been busy weight-training and running, trying to get ready for my senior season," he said. "I went to the D-1 Camp last Saturday here in Cocoa, and I was voted Outstanding Running Back of the camp."

Buie says he posted "around 1600 rushing yards" last fall en route to all-conference, all-district and second-team all-state recognition. He is currently rated a 3-star prospect by He lists scholarship offers from such notable programs as Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Rutgers, Oregon, LSU, Alabama, FSU, Miami, Iowa, Wake Forest, Louisville and Georgia Tech.

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