Kyler Kerbyson is willing to make an unpopular decision if need be.
The offensive lineman from Catholic High School is preparing friends and family for the possibility that he might not play football at Tennessee.
"Some of them don't take kindly to it," the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder joked. "They're a little skeptical. (They say) 'I've been cheering for Tennessee against Alabama for 20 years. I don't know if I can cheer for (the Crimson Tide).'
"Well, you might have to get used to it. I don't know."
Kerbyson insists he truly doesn't know where he'll play college football, but the News Sentinel's third-best prospect in the state said Tennessee, Alabama, Duke and Florida lead for his services.
The Vols slid a bit this spring, but have made up ground on their competition.
"They were a little down for about a month," Kerbyson said. "They've definitely caught up. I've been getting some phone calls and I've been calling them more."
The calls from all schools, however, have been less frequent than they were this spring when it seemed Kerbyson was picking up a scholarship offer every week.
"They've definitely slowed down, which I really like," Kerbyson said. "I don't like to be all stressed out with all that kind of stuff."
Kerbyson isn't complaining. He's happy to have a chance to play college football, but the constant salesmanship from college recruiters was getting a little stale.
"I've got people calling me on my phone every day, talking to me every day saying 'You need to make the right decision, Kyler. This is your life.' " he said.
It once was a common notion that Kerbyson would make an early decision, perhaps during his spring semester. Now, as summer leads to fall, Kerbyson said he'd like to announce his intentions soon, but isn't married to any timetable.
"I really just wanted to make a decision before my senior season," he said. "That was just because I don't want to be thinking about it while I'm playing, but if I'm not ready and I don't think I know, then I won't."
It would be good for Catholic if Kerbyson had a clear mind. The team is one of the area's favorites to win a state title.
"I think I can say for all of our players, we all want a state title and nothing less," he said.
Until then, Kerbyson is spending time working out this summer - when he's not fielding overtures from college recruiters. His bench press is up to 360 pounds. His squat is up to 520 and his power clean is 300.
The hard work has Kerbyson looking the part of a premier offensive lineman. His sleek frame belies his 300-plus pound weight.
"I've always been really conscience about having a big ole' gut on me," Kerbyson said with a chuckle. "And I get (motivation) from my family a lot. My stepdad tells me I'm getting fatter."
College coaches don't seem to mind.