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Vols make push with Texas Tech commit

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As signing day approached, weakside defensive end Chase Robison of Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers stood firm with his commitment to Texas Tech.
But on Monday, Tennessee offered.
And according to Robison, "it's definitely given me something to think about. I mean, it's an SEC school and it's closer to home. I was excited because it was my first offer."
He added that the Vols are the only team capable of "knocking [Texas Tech] off."
"I was kind of getting to the point where I was locked in with Tech," Robison said. "Now, I'm kind of back to evaluating schools, and seeing which is the best choice. The Tech guys have been really good to me. It's a hard decision."
The 6-feet-4, 228-pound Robison committed to Texas Tech in August. He has strong ties to head coach Tommy Tuberville, and has nothing but good things to say about the Red Raiders.
"He coached my dad at Arkansas State," Robison said. "I'm close with Coach Tuberville. We have a good relationship. I really like the coaching staff. They're good people. I have a great relationship with [assistant coach] Robert Prunty and Coach Tuberville."
Tuberville and Prunty were at Robison's school Monday.
Texas Tech likes Robison at end; the Vols are recruiting him to be an outside linebacker/end hybrid type.
Robison said he will have an in-home visit with Vols coach Derek Dooley on Thursday. Then, he will official to Knoxville this weekend.
"The relationship with Tennessee is kind of new," Robison said. "We kind of just started it about a week ago. What I know of [Dooley], he's a good guy. It's a little late in the ballgame, but you never know what's going to happen."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at Keithrivals@yahoo.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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