December 13, 2011
Is 4-star DT still considering visit to Vols?
Prattville, Ala., defensive tackle Justin Shanks' schedule isn't getting any freer over the next several months. Fresh off a state championship-winning run, the 6-foot-3, 306-pound lineman is now turning his focus to recruiting.
One team still hot after the Florida State commitment is Tennessee, and Shanks spoke with defensive line coach Lance Thompson on Monday.
"He's coming up to the school to talk to me and stuff and he wants me to set up an official (visit) and everything," Shanks said.
Shanks said Thompson will be by the school, almost certainly today, as they try and figure out a date that Tennessee can host him. But, the Vols aren't the only team hoping to get him on their campus.
LSU, USC and Florida State have already secured officials and Tennessee and Alabama are two other schools trying to get one as well. Even while universities are thinking of Shanks, he's trying to concentrate on his high school grades.
"I'm just trying to finish up this semester and my grades and stuff," Shanks said.
Shanks said USC defensive line coach Ed Orgeron was the latest coach to come by and see him.
"They came down last week. They came down and coach Orgeron had visited my home," Shanks said.
Although Shanks already has three visits lined up, he said he's not sure if he will be able to use all five of his allotted official visits.
"I'm trying to squeeze one more in. It's such a tight schedule because everyone wants to do something in January, but I can't do all of them," Shanks said. "I've got to do three in January and then I have the U.S. Army All-American game and that's Jan. 7, so that's one weekend in January gone.
"I wanted to do one this month before (school) gets out, but that's pretty hard."
Even though Tennessee doesn't have a date set yet, he said he's still going to try and get to Knoxville for an official visit.
"We're just trying to work around the ones I do have set up so far," he said.
Shanks said he's still committed to the Seminoles, but he added he wanted to give everyone a chance.
"Somewhat, I'm pretty much firm. But, I still want to give the ones asking me to take officials a shot," Shanks said.
Shanks is a four-star prospect who's considered the ninth-best defensive tackle in the country and fifth-best player in the state of Alabama.
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