James Stone was hard to miss at Tennessee’s football practice last Friday.
First, the lineman from Maplewood High School in Nashville is 6-foot-5 and 298 pounds. Second, he was the one eyeballing UT offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.
“Most of the time I spent with Coach Chaney,” Stone said, “I really like him. I really like how he runs the offense, how he coaches the offensive line. That’s where it all starts.”
Stone, who is likely one of the top two prospects in the state, said he believes he can be a good fit for UT’s aggressive zone blocking scheme. Stone said he’ll be back on UT’s campus in early June for the Vols’ lineman camp.
Stone will visit Notre Dame this weekend. He took recent visits to Auburn, Alabama and Vanderbilt.
The visit to Knoxville is Stone’s second since Feb. 28.
“I was able to watch one of their practices; I really enjoyed that,” Stone said of his most recent visit. “I learned about the pace. I learned some more about the type of plays that they run.
“It reinforced the things that I have learned about it.”
While Stone speaks glowingly about the Vols, no decision is pending. Stone said he’ll likely make his decision after his senior season.