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Tennessee not finding in-state Volunteers

6/26/2012

Tennessee's rebuilding project under head coach Derek Dooley has certainly had some bumps in the road. That applies to in-state recruiting as well.

Of the nine four-star prospects in the Volunteer state, the Volunteers seem in good shape with only one. Here's a breakdown of the top prospects in Tennessee:

Jalen Ramsey: He's certainly considering Tennessee, but the defensive back from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy has shown strong interest in Southern California. Still, he has close friends and mentors with ties to the Vols, including former Vol Buck Fitzgerald, who coaches Ramsey's seven-on-seven team.

Jordan Wilkins: Wilkins told ESPN that Auburn leads for his services. Moreover, the tailback from Cordova (Tenn.) Saint Benedict seems more likely to head north and play for Michigan or Ohio State before signing with the Vols.

Cornelius Elder: Who knows where Elder will end up? The athlete from Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth has given strong indications that he might play basketball instead of football in college.

Camion Patrick: Patrick committed to Tennessee but the Lenoir City (Tenn.) High standout has said he's strongly considering other schools, namely Alabama and Arkansas.

Max Staver: The quarterback from Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy committed to Florida earlier this month.

Frank Herron: The defensive end from Memphis (Tenn.) Central committed to LSU earlier this month.

Mark Dodson Jr.: The tailback from Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven committed to Ole Miss earlier this month.

Austin Sanders: The offensive tackle from Cleveland (Tenn.) Bradley Central is Tennessee's lone, firm commitment among four-star, in-state prospects. He won't even talk to other recruiters about considering other schools. He's definetely Knoxville-bound.

Mack Weaver: The tight end/defensive end from Memphis (Tenn.) Harding Academy has shown interest in Tennessee and several other schools.