Credit Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley for being honest.
Defensive tackle Pat McNeil isn’t harboring any false hope that he’s on top of Tennessee’s recruiting board, despite some recent interest by the Dooley-led Vols.
“He was recruiting me for (Louisiana) Tech and now he’s recruiting me for Tennessee,” McNeil told Scout.com. “They just got on me late and said that I’m pretty much a fall back guy for them at this point.”
McNeil said be hopes to visit UT or Baylor this weekend.
The Vols would appear to have a good shot at landing the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from Davidson High School in Mobile, Ala. He’s expressed interest in playing in the SEC.
The decision appears to be up to Dooley.
McNeil has scholarship offers from Duke, New Mexico, Louisville and Louisiana Tech among other schools.
McNeil said he won’t make a decision until National Signing Day on Feb. 3.
“I want to see what happens,” he said. “I think I may get some more offers. Not every guy is gonna qualify, and things can still change and spots can open up.”
McNeil said Baylor will tell him this week if he’ll be offered a scholarship.