DeBell enjoys visit

An imposing offensive lineman from talent-rich Florida just finished a second visit to the University of Tennessee campus, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience ... again.

Zach DeBell, a 6-7, 265-pounder from Tarpon Springs, toured the campus earlier today with his parents. The towering prospect ate lunch with Vol quarterback Matt Simms, met with a group of UT offensive linemen and had a long, productive chat with head coach Derek Dooley.

"It went really well. I had a lot of fun," DeBell told InsideTennessee.com. "It was really cool how Coach Dooley sat down and chatted with my family for a good 45 minutes both times we were here. That really meant a lot to me.

"Coach Dooley's a great guy. I really enjoyed talking to him. I think he likes my family very much."

DeBell and his parents previously visited the campus about a month ago.

"We came here June 13 for a tour," he recalled, "and I wound up doing a little camping."

Asked what he learned from this visit that he didn't know from the previous tour of the campus, DeBell answered: "I learned that Vol Hall was built in 2005. The owner of it was bought out by the University of Tennessee, and now the University of Tennessee uses it for residence halls."

DeBell says he didn't commit during his visit but he clearly enjoyed his stay.

"I got to meet with the offensive line but I didn't get names," he said. "I had lunch with Matt Simms, and that was pretty cool. I had a great time. We chatted, talked some football. It was just two guys hanging out."

Rated a 4-star recruit and the nation's No. 25 offensive tackle prospect by Scout.com, DeBell's leaders at present are Notre Dame, Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, UCLA and South Carolina.


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