Jay Rome wants to take a better look at Tennessee.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end from Valdosta (Ga.) High School visited UT in April to watch UT's spring game.
Rome said he plans to return to Knoxville in the future for an official visit.
"I'm going to look at all the things they do with their tight end and how they utilize him in the offense and make my decision from there," he said.
Rome hopes to be utilized early in college.
He said UT's coaching staff has talked about the team's need at tight end.
Senior Luke Stocker and juniors Mychal Rivera and Ben Bartholomew are the only tight ends on scholarship.
"They're looking for a tight end to come in next school year and be a big part of the offense," Rome said.
Rome also has heard about UT's need at tight end from his former teammate, freshman safety Dontavis Sapp.
Rome said Sapp has enjoyed his first fall on UT's campus.
"He told me that they work hard and it's a great school to go to," Rome said. "He also said they're lacking at the tight end position after next year."
Rome has plenty of other options. He said along with UT he's considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Clemson.
He plans to take official visits to all five schools.
Clemson will be a school to watch. Rome's father, Stan Rome, played football and basketball at Clemson from 1975-78.
The chance to follow in his father's footsteps could play a role in Jay Rome's decision.
"I think it's something I'd really like to do," he said, "but it's not going to be the deciding factor."
Still Studying: Marcques Dixon from Dekalb High School in Decatur, Ga., is preparing to retake his college entrance exam.
The 5-10, 185-pound Dixon, who signed with UT in February, said he plans to take the ACT on Oct. 9 with the hope of enrolling at Tennessee in January.
Dixon said he's received encouragement from UT defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox during the process.
"He still has very high hopes for me in playing for Tennessee and helping his defense out and hopefully improving the team," Dixon said.
Future Visitor: UT appears likely to receive an official visit from linebacker Lamar Dawson from Boyle County High School in Danville, Ky.
The 6-2, 230-pound Dawson told InsideTennessee.com that Vols linebackers coach Lance Thompson visited Boyle County on Monday.
"He is recruiting me hard," Dawson said of Thompson. "He spent some time visiting with my high school coaching staff."
Dawson told InsideTennesse.com he's "pretty sure" he'll take an official visit to UT.
He said he's also considering Kentucky, Florida, Louisville, Michigan, Oregon and Southern California.
Josh Ward is a freelance contributor.