DT Hailes another Chesapeake target for Vols

Evan Hailes isn’t a Tennessee commitment. He just sounds like it.

“Tennessee, that’s a great place right now,” said the 6-foot-1, 305-pound defensive tackle from Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va. “They tell me they’ve got a hole in the middle of their defense. I wouldn’t mind filling that hole.”

Hailes hasn’t named a leader for his services. He said he’s trying to give every school an opportunity.

“I’ll know who is at the top by the end of May or June,” he said.

Coincidentally (or perhaps not), Hailes will visit UT on June 18.

Hailes' high school teammate, linebacker Jerod Askew, signed with the Vols in February.

“He tells me about it all the time, how Tennessee is a good place to be,” Hailes said of Askew’s influence. “They have fans all the time on the Internet just telling him how great it is on Rocky Top and how loud the stadium is.

“It’s an SEC school. Who wouldn’t want to play in the SEC?”

Hailes cites Askew, highly rated tailback signee Bryce Brown and a new coaching staff as reasons to sign with the Vols. Clearly, he’s done his homework – and could see himself following in Askew’s footsteps.

“I could be in his position next year,” Hailes said. “I see how much love he’s getting from them. Who wouldn’t want to be in that position?”

UT coaches Ed Orgeron and Willie Mack Garza are recruiting Hailes, who has offers from UT, LSU, Virginia Tech, Clemson, N.C. State, Boston College, West Virginia, California and Minnesota.

Hailes said he’s excited about the possibility of playing early at UT. Orgeron has said early playing time is a real possibility.

“He said he doesn’t mind starting a freshman if he can get the job done,” Hailes said of Orgeron. “Early playing time sounds great (at any school). But for (UT), that sounds beyond good - a crazy atmosphere, starting as a freshman, getting it done against other SEC schools. It just sounds great.”

The Vols’ coaching staff, ripe with NFL experience, is also a strong draw for Hailes.

“That’s a dream to me, to play in the NFL,” Hailes said. “What person wouldn’t want to do that? If I’ve got a chance to do it, then why wouldn’t I go for it?

“If I’ve got coaches with NFL experience and players that are about to go to the NFL, why wouldn’t I take advantage of that?”

Playing in the SEC, which Hailes calls the “best football conference to be in”, is also important. That would seem to open the door for LSU, yet that’s not the case.

“I thought about it,” Hailes said. “Of course they’re known for getting tackles in the league. That wouldn’t be bad at all for me. (But) I looked at their depth chart and they have a couple of defensive tackles. I’m kind of concerned about that.”

Alabama could be another SEC concern if they come calling in earnest. The Tide has shown interest and is holding a commitment from Hailes’ teammate, quarterback Phillip Simms.

Alabama, however, hasn’t offered a scholarship yet and Hailes doesn’t see one coming since Tide coaches have expressed concern about his height.

As for UT, Hailes feels a kinship to Orgeron in the limited time he’s had to get to know the fiery defensive line coach.

“Him and my line coach are kind of identical; that’s good,” Hailes said. “I need a coach that’s going to cuss me out when I mess up and settle me down and tell me how to do exactly what I need to do.”

Playing alongside Askew is a “big factor”, Hailes said. The two have played together since middle school and have developed a strong chemistry on the field. Hailes lauded Askew’s leadership ability.

“You can be down by 21 and he’ll tell you ‘We’re going to win this game.’” Hailes said.

Hailes’ only definite travel plan to prospective schools this summer is to UT in mid-June. Nearby Virginia Tech is a possibility. All others have work to do to ensure a summer visit.

Hailes said there’s a chance he will commit this summer, which seems to be a strong indication that the Vols could be his final destination.

Josh Ward contributed to this report.

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smokeysal22 writes:

Sounds like he is very in interested.......I dont care if he is 6'1 as long as he unleashes the beast within!!!!

Fossilfiction writes:

Come and hear Neyland shake on Saturdays!
You won't find a better atmosphere. Some fans are fickle and fairweather but that is anywhere.
We got a jersey and a spot for you to earn!

voloffaith writes:

Low to the ground and getting leverage on opposing lineman wasn't a problem for Jesse Mahalona(SP) who was the same height I believe. So if the engine runs wide open and gets the job done ok. The only drawback I see is raising up your paws for pass deflections has him at a deficit somewhat. But again I say mahalona did a great job when healthy. GO VOLS!!!

golfballs03 writes:

Scouts, Inc.:
Hailes is one big dude. He lacks ideal height on paper, but on film he looks like a massive kid with a bunch of bulk packed on his frame. For the most part he is a space eater that can plant himself in a gap and gobble up action that comes his way, but you can't be too fast to judge this big boy. He is not consistent, but flashes good quickness off the ball and will shock you how quickly he can get moving at times. When he can get to the shoulder of a blocker he can plow his way into the backfield. He does a good job of being able to get into gap and stay square. He moves well laterally between the tackles and can be disruptive player. When he brings his hands he can deliver a pop and knock a blocker on his heels. He tends to play high and can let blockers get into his chest, but even still he is tough to move backwards. Tries to engulf ball carries around the neck, but overall a serviceable tackler. Hustles around, but this kid is built to just do damage between the tackles. Can provide pressure as a pass rusher. He can bull rush and collapse pocket. When he gets to half-a-man he will try and work a move and he can be troublesome when he can get to the hip of the blocker. Hailes is a big kid who at the root of it all is a two-gap run stuffer, but there is some more to his game and if he watches his weight he can give you solid reps with some disruption and big plays peppered in

n2thecheckerboards2 writes:

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The reason for all of your smart a** comments are??? You should be on some kind of medication.

Irwin_Linker writes:

Sounds to me like we have this guy wrapped up. No complaints from me on this one.

Go Vols

Fossilfiction writes:

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voloffaith writes:

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Yeah they were shaking and I heard they didn't have swine flu ,but had a bad case of TEBU. If overindulging in Idol worship of qb ewe reap a bad harvest.

DC when do you plan on growing up? Inquisitive interloper ewe be...Have you ever heard what goes around comes around? My mom used to say," don't dish it out if you can't take it."

You know a day is coming when we will hear your sour grapes when Florida falls on hard times. It will come..probably not this year. So yeah we might get smacked down again. Spurrier looked invincible till the coaches caught up with his schemes. So will be the case with Coach Meyer's hybrid he runs. So enjoy the ride till they close down the amusement park. You know these run in cycles in the SEC so get ready to climb down off your high horse to a pony. Try writing constructive points like gator99 and we can disagree and still dialogue. Much different from spewing hatred and other rude remarks. Try and have a nice day in the sunshine state(if you reside there.)

On topic, we will take any dlineman willing to give his all toward championship ball. Also, someone who has shown they are deserving of a scholly by actions on and off the field.

Goodday!

golfballs03 writes:

This guy would be awesome! We've got some stud DT's on our radar - and for good reason, but I think he is our best bet. He is the only Under Armour All-America DT who hasn't committed anywhere yet - whatever that's worth.

dvhill100 writes:

Good luck staff. Bring them in and set the foundation for a better team to compete in the SEC Championship every year.

HotlantaVol writes:

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I saw that too. Those cheerleaders were shaking pretty bad. I wondered at the time if they were jonesing or something.

panties4tebow writes:

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Perhaps you and gatorz4 should get out of the getto swamps for awhile and take a drive thru lovely Tennessee and Virginia! But, be sure to leave your panties behind!

chrisw2967 writes:

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dont worry , this staff will get back and take more recruits out of fla.thanks for being concerned.

JMP_Vols writes:

Reading the article, it sounds like Hailes was interviewing Hooker.

Volunatic writes:

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You really don't like the Vols, do you?

HotlantaVol writes:

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Dear Kettle,

I have decided that you are about three shades beyond dark gray. What's that color called?

Sincerely,
Pot

golfballs03 writes:

I think we'll be fine on the defensive side of the ball. What about offense??? Any scoop on Markeith Ambles? I think it might come down to us and Alabama.
http://alabama.scout.com/a.z?s=14&...

panties4tebow writes:

FEAR THE KIFFIN!!!!!!!!!

WE WILL WE WILL ROCK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

chrisw2967 writes:

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I heard wormie liar was doing the SEC media day via
satellite from the gainesville jail.

StroVol writes:

in response to Volunatic:

You really don't like the Vols, do you?

Bobbeavol is no VOL. Just a lonely loser that hates Manning

golfballs03 writes:

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He's 315 pounds

GreerVol22 writes:

Anyone notice something interesting about all the linemen we are recruiting? They are all 300+....big change from the 260+ guys we have been getting.

drone#208075 writes:

Does anyone remember Jimmy Noonan - nose guard from 1976 - 1980? A bull - knocked out 4 centers his senior season.

voloffaith writes:

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your point from VOl perspective or troll/interloper putting Orange in there to disguise/deceive.

On topic,jam the middle Mr Haile and linebackers or safeties off the edge KABOOM....get the picture? So which is it? Are ye fer us or agin us?

StroVol writes:

College football live says Florida's Newton wants to come to Tennessee

TommyJack writes:

Reel him in.
BTW, am I the only one that's worn out with the constant (and repetitive) chatter from the fake gators? They need to find some new material or just bow out. Suggest everyone email Kappy or suggest removal, or both.

sameolvolalum writes:

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Love the Vols. Dislike racists, nafslov.

voloffaith writes:

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OOPs I believe you were thinking Olineman where this is Dlineman. I see your point widebodies to give qb time to do his checkoffs.Sorry I was looking from other side and it didn't make sense. Sorry...forgive me sir for my misunderstanding your perspective. GO VOLS!!!

Also on widebodies on oline, they need to blow people off the line the way I remember Mickey Marvin kept blocking an opponent 10 yards past the line. Make running lanes for backs to make tracks makes room for qb passes to zoom..

golfballs03 writes:

We need James Stone

doctorfingervol writes:

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abnerPeabody writes:

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Here comes the idiot again,trying to stir up the dung.I really believe most of you guys are right.Florida has some true arse holes posting here.

golfballs03 writes:

AJ Cann. Anyone seen OC Brown play? Heard mixed reviews on him...

Slimjim_Vols writes:

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And with the guts those girls have, they are probably still shaking!

footballfan34 writes:

in response to smokeysal22:

Sounds like he is very in interested.......I dont care if he is 6'1 as long as he unleashes the beast within!!!!

Any word on Dennis Rogan quitting today?

golfballs03 writes:

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Any word on Dennis Rogan quitting today?

Yeah, he's upset that he's projected to replace Demtrice Morley.

Slimjim_Vols writes:

Anyone notice how Marve, Newton, Hailes, and others all want to come to UT? I mean just think about it. Lane Kiffin is a mad genius! Everything he has done and said has lead to this. Reminds me of Field of Dreams, "Build it and they will come". Marve thinking about paying to go to school over a free ride? I think that speaks volumes. Hailes talking the Fans, the staff, and the school! I AM PUMPED! Sorry FLA fans you have 1 more year at the top (maybe) Then we take back over and turn it into ROCKY TOP! The BIG ORANGE CHESTS WILL BE BACK OUT. WE WILL BE THE BULLY! We are quickly becoming the cream of the crop, and you are becoming the sticky 5hit at the bottom of the barrell!

StroVol writes:

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Don't care about it. Just saying that "Florida's Newton wants to come to Tennessee." Calm the fu.. down DC, you're obviously miffed over it.

golfballs03 writes:

Let's get Demarcus Milner and DeMarco Cobbs!

golfballs03 writes:

Will Hagerup

golfballs03 writes:

Forget Nick Montana. Go get Scroggins!

panties4tebow writes:

uf stands for uneducated fools!!!!!!

Look up tebow in the dictionary and there is only 1 meaning-------------panties

Look up cryin in the dictionary and there is only 1 meaning-----------lil meyer

Look up stupid in the dictionary and there is only 1 word------florida

GreenDevilVol writes:

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Just keep up with the 24 and counting for your gator jailbird boys !!!!!!!!

golfballs03 writes:

Jesse Scroggins got a 1600 on his SAT! The kid is a genius! No wonder he's interested in UT! Forget Stanford.
http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/...

Slimjim_Vols writes:

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Nope I think he bolted the same way Gator trolls will be in a year or 2

kabzs writes:

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Yeah, their cellulite's aggravating isn't it!

GreenDevilVol writes:

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Yea,and Bobbea belongs to the NAACP trash talking club of America.All lip and NO ZIP !!!!!!!

GreenDevilVol writes:

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Fl jailbird count now at 24 and counting.............

golfballs03 writes:

Hey, who wouldn't want a QB named Munchie?
http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&...

I'm glad that momma didn't eat her young. It seems she was thinking about it.

GreenDevilVol writes:

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Fl jailbird count now at 24 and counting.............

Lets not forget those that the Fl finest swept under the Urbie "cryers rug"

GreenDevilVol writes:

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Its a shame; all those pictures and you will STILL GET YOUR asses handed to you...Bwahahahahahahahahahaha !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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