December 7, 2008

Tennessee in mix for elite pass rusher

Though new Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin is working with only a partially assembled staff, recruiting has continued at a rapid pace since his hire. That's a fact backed up by the emergence this week of four-star defensive end Sam Montgomery as a new, and very legitimate target on the Vols' recruiting board.

Adding playmakers along the defensive front was a priority for the previous staff, and one that Kiffin no doubt recognizes as well. In that regard Montgomery (6-foot-4, 230 pounds), from Greenwood, S.C. would fill a definite need.

A prospect who has yet to make an official visit and has kept his options open as his stock has steadily climbed, Montgomery found himself ready to listen when the new-look Tennessee program came calling.

"I actually just got off the phone with coach Kiffin a few minutes ago," Montgomery told us on Sunday night. "He sounds like a great guy...

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