Phillip Fulmer is one of the most recruiting savvy coaches in the game. So it’s no surprise for him to go into enemy territory to snag the Vols first commitment for the Class of 2003.
The Vols landed a commitment on Wednesday from strongside defensive end Jared Hostetter, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackling machine from Louisa (Ky.) Lawrence County.
“He went down there for an unofficial visit,” said Joey Cecil, Lawrence County defensive coordinator.
“It’s official. He committed to coach Fulmer while he was there. He’s been down there two or three times already, so it was a perfect place for him.”
Hostetter – who has seen his name butchered many times – is an attractive prospect because he could play a number of positions in college.
“UT projects him as a defensive end, but he plays linebacker for us,” Cecil said. “He could even play three or four positions in college. If he puts on weight, he could be a defensive tackle. He plays some tight end for us, and he could even grow into an offensive linemen.”
So how good is Hostetter?
“He’s really good,” Cecil said. “Not many people come around this small town to recruit kids, but we had the likes of Ohio State, Nebraska, South Carolina, Marshall and Kentucky all after him this week.
“He’s just a real pleasure to coach. He’s a very good high school player, but he’s going to be an even better college player because of his ability to grow and play a number of positions.”
Hostetter has been timed consistently in the 4.7 to 4.8-range in the 40-yard dash.