GVX Audio: Alabama produces plenty of talent, but state is tough to crack in recruiting

Alabama head coach Nick Saban runs onto the field before the first half of the Crimson Tide's game against Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Photo by Butch Dill, Associated Press

Alabama head coach Nick Saban runs onto the field before the first half of the Crimson Tide's game against Arkansas on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Tennessee has had success in the past going to south to battle Alabama and Auburn for prospects, but the state borders have become increasingly tough to crack.

The Vols (4-3, 1-2 SEC) play No. 1 Alabama (7-0, 4-0) on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (TV: CBS, 3:30 p.m.)

"The state puts out enough talent that the reality is, there's some guys that Alabama and Auburn don't take," said Ryan Callahan, a reporter for News Sentinel partner GoVols247. "It's one of the tougher (states) to get someone out of, the way both Alabama and Auburn have recruited the last few years. The in-state pull is pretty strong for a lot of those guys who grew up following one or both of those programs."

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