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Tennessee still on top
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – One of Tennessee’s top offensive line targets from the Class of 2019 has been checking out a few other schools.
Tackle Jackson Lampley finished up his visits for the summer and who remains at the top of his list?
“Probably Tennessee is,” Lampley told SEC Country.
The Vols still have to battle it out with Auburn and Ole Miss. Lampley has yet to visit South Carolina or Mississippi State but plans to at some point.
South Carolina offered Lampley on July 17, so the mutual interest just became more serious recently.
Jackson Lampley makes the rounds
Nashville, Tenn., native Jackson Lampley wrapped up his final visit of the summer at Auburn on July 14.
— Jackson Lampley (@JMLampley75) July 14, 2017
“I really liked it a lot,” Lampley said. “I really like [offensive line] coach [Herb] Hand and coach [Gus] Malzahn. Everything about the visit was great. I liked walking around campus and really liked the campus atmosphere. Their dorms are amazing and so is their stadium.”
The Auburn coaching staff took a different approach to recruiting Lampley.
“Tennessee, what they are trying to sell is play for your state,” Lampley said. “Auburn has a little bit more of a laid-back approach to it. So, Tennessee is a little bit more hardcore, per se, on trying to get guys to commit.”
What will the decision be based on?
Lampley plays for Montgomery Bell Academy and has punctuated a few tweets with #MidStateMade.
The state he ultimately plays college football in doesn’t really matter to him, though.
“Obviously, I’ve given it some thought,” Lampley said. “It would be pretty cool to play for my state, however, that’s not going to affect my recruitment. What is mainly going to affect my recruitment is where I feel most comfortable and be able to mesh with the players and coaches.”
Tennessee offensive line coach Walt Wells has been one the best recruiters for the Vols. He has made an impact with Lampley.
“He’s one of those coaches I feel really comfortable around,” Lampley said. “He’s the kind of guy I feel like I can relate to. He came up with the whole ‘mid-state made’ thing because he’s from middle Tennessee.
“I really like coach Wells a lot.”
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Lampley is s 4-star tackle and the fifth best prospect in his class from the Volunteer State, per 247Sports.
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