One of Tennessee's biggest remaining targets - in terms of physical size - made a big decision after his visit to Knoxville this past weekend.
After 10 months as a Miami (Fla.) commitment, offensive lineman Marcus Jackson (Vero Beach, Fla.) said Sunday he had reopened his recruitment, and UT is certainly on his radar after his second visit in the past month.
"Everybody's on the same ground," Jackson said. "There's nobody ahead of anybody right now. They're all in the same category."
Jackson is the second player to de-commit from the Hurricanes since Randy Shannon's firing last week. Miami now has just five players who are currently committed for the class of 2011.
Head coach Derek Dooley and quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw visited Jackson (6-foot-4, 315 pounds) at his home last week. Jackson, instead of using one of his remaining official visits elsewhere, opted to travel to UT with his mother as an unofficial visitor.
Jackson, a three-star who is considered the nation's 13th-best guard by Rivals.com, also has visited Michigan State and plans to visit Georgia Tech next weekend.
Jackson said his opinion of UT didn't change after his most recent visit.
"It was just good being around," said Jackson, who added that he's become close with current Vols linemen Ja'Wuan James and Zach Fulton.
Jackson plans to enroll early at wherever he chooses to sign. He said he will likely make a decision some time in the next couple of weeks.
"I just don't know as of now," he said.
Lanier to Visit Next Week: Four-star cornerback Izauea Lanier (East Mississippi Community College) was without a ride to the airport Friday and was unable to make his originally scheduled visit to UT.
"It was really frustrating," said Lanier, who recently de-committed from Auburn. "I really wanted to come up this weekend."
Lanier, ranked the nation's No. 16 junior-college prospect by Rivals, said he originally planned to visit Florida next weekend but will instead attempt another trip to Knoxville. He also will visit Ole Miss this week.
In order to enroll for spring semester, which is something Lanier (6-1, 190) plans to do, he must sign by Dec. 15.
Asked if his decision is solely between Ole Miss and UT, Lanier said "that's what it's looking like right now."
"I'm looking at the rosters and seeing how I can fit in," he said.