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Tennessee in top six for four-star offensive lineman

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The Volunteers could use another lineman in the class.

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Tennessee’s 2021 class is stout, but it’s lacking at a couple of positions. One of those spots is up front on the offensive line — a place where the Volunteers have made some big progress over the last few cycles. Tennessee holds just one commitment up front, coming from three-star tackle Colby Smith.

The Vols certainly don’t have an immediate need up front, but we’ve seen how quickly the depth can dwindle in the last couple of seasons. Surely Tennessee is interested in adding at least one more body up front. One option they’ve got is four-star guard Geno VanDeMark.

The 6-4, 315 pound prospect trimmed his list to six schools on Tuesday, placing Tennessee alongside of Rutgers, Nebraska, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Arizona State.

VanDeMark is the 316th ranked prospect in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He comes out of Montvale, New Jersey, making the homestate school of Rutgers a perceived favorite. VanDeMark has visited Rutgers a few times since the Scarlet Knights sent out an early offer in 2019.

New (and old) head coach Greg Schiano has Rutgers currently sitting with a top 20 class at this point in the recruiting year. VanDeMark is the 4th ranked player in the state of New Jersey, a place that Schiano obviously has to succeed on the trail

Tennessee offered VanDeMark on January 29th earlier this year, joining what has become a crowded race. He now has nearly 20 offers on the table, but the Vols are in the mix despite entering the race fairly late.

Expect VanDeMark to be on campus shortly after the face-to-face recruiting restriction is lifted, hopefully later this summer. For now, check out his highlights below.