March 27, 2009

Tennessee offer impresses four-star

Already with offers from most of the Big 12 and Midwest, Lancaster (Texas) High School cornerback Tyler Stephenson added his second SEC offer on Friday to a steadily-growing list. The new offer caught the eye of the four-star prospect.

"I just received an offer from Tennessee," Stephenson said on Friday. "I'm really interested because they have produced a lot of DBs and they have really great coaches."

Stephenson has had a chance to speak on the phone to head coach Lane Kiffin, defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and defensive backs coach Willie Mack Garza.

"It was real good because they were letting me know about the history they have and about how they put up a lot of great defensive backs," he said. "They were telling me about the recruiting class last year and how they had one of the best classes in the country."

Coach Garza recruits the state of Texas for the Volunteers and his relationship with some of the coaches in the state has given Stephenson some familiarity with the program.

"I know a little bit about Tennessee because one of my coaches, he knows Coach Garza real well," he said. "So I know about the program form him."

With the new offer, the Volunteers jumped several schools to find the top of Stephenson's list.

"It has to put them up there at the top," he said. "I'd say probably in the top three."

Stephenson plans to attend the Tennessee football camp this summer along with a teammate and a couple of his coaches.

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