Tennessee is on the final list of schools for defensive end Anthony Chickillo from Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Chickillo will choose among UT, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida on Sept. 9.
Chickillo, who visited UT in July, said he's mostly considered the Vols because of defensive line coach Chuck Smith.
"He's pretty much been all of it," Chickillo said of his interest in UT. "When I went to Tennessee he showed me everything. It was beautiful in Tennessee and I could really see myself playing there."
UT could use him.
Chickillo is ranked the nation's 8th-best weakside defensive end by Rivals.com.
He's the nation's 19th-best overall defensive end, according to Scout.com.
Chickillo said he hopes that ability will help him reach the NFL.
That's why he's intrigued by the idea of playing for Smith, who's trained such NFL defensive linemen as Albert Haynesworth, Calvin Pace and Osi Umenyiora.
"He's the best in the business," Chickillo said of Smith. "No doubt about it."
Chickillo also likes the direction of UT under head coach Derek Dooley.
Chickillo said the two met for about an hour during his visit to Knoxville.
"Coach Dooley was great," Chickillo said. "He's a young guy and he seems like a player's coach.
"All the players liked him. He brought in a great staff and I think he's going to do a great job at Tennessee."
Chickillo knows plenty about the job being done at Miami.
Chickillo's father, Tony Chickillo, and his grandfather, the late Nick Chickillo, both played football at Miami.
That connection has led many to believe Chickillo will pick the Hurricanes.
While Chickillo might choose Miami, he insisted his father has encouraged him to consider every school, not just the Hurricanes.
"My dad hasn't put any press on me to go to Miami," Chickillo said. "He wants what's best for me and what's best for my family's future."
Chickillo, who said he hasn't chosen his school, plans to enroll in college in January.
Visits Set: Safety Avery Walls from Eagles Landing Christian Academy in McDonough, Ga., has scheduled several visits for the fall.
The 5-10, 185-pound Walls will take an unofficial visit to UT on Sept. 11 to watch the Vols play Oregon, according to SuperPrep.com.
Walls has official visits scheduled to Michigan this weekend, Oregon on Oct. 2 and California on Oct. 9.
Final Five: UT remains in the race for defensive lineman Maurice Couch from Garden City (Kan.) Community College.
The 6-2, 290-pound Couch told RebelSports.net he's most strongly considering Kansas and Southern California.
He said Kansas is "probably" his leader.
UT, Ole Miss and South Carolina are the other schools he's considering.
Couch said he plans to take official visits to all five schools before he makes his decision.
Josh Ward is a freelance contributor.