January 26, 2010

Glass sealing? Vols intrigue Dallas OL

When Willie Mack Garza indicated he didn't have time to take calls from Dalvin Glass, the three-star offensive lineman from Dallas didn't lose interest in the University of Tennessee.

And when Garza abruptly bolted as the Vols' secondary coach for a spot on the West Coast, Glass remained interested in Tennessee. The athletic guard will learn much more about the Volunteers' program both today and this weekend. Glass will welcome new UT assistant Darin Hinshaw to his Dallas Carter High School.

"Coach Hinshaw (is recruiting Glass with Garza gone). He called me. He sounds really nice," Glass said. "I'm looking forward to meeting him (Wednesday). He's coming to the school to talk to me more. He's going to recruit me and I believe he is also going to Irving for something."

While the Vols have a chance for a greater presence in Texas given the ties of newly-minted head coach Derek Dooley, they already are working in the Lone Star State for the present. After adding the pledge of four-star safety Eddrick Loften last weekend, the Vols could be adding Glass in the near future. He's remained very intrigued by the UT program during the transition from Lane Kiffin to Dooley.

"I've been waiting on Tennessee, I talked to their coaches and when I called him, I called them almost every day during December. I called coach Willie Mack (Garza)," Glass explained. "He told me that they had the bowl game and things like that. He didn't have that much time to talk. He called me in January, like Jan. 6, and asked me was I still interested and I was like, 'Yes sir.' I had narrowed my choices but waiting on them to call back. Even though I hadn't really talked to them, I had Tennessee and Oklahoma State as my finalists. I'm visiting Tennessee this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the new coach that they got and I'm looking forward to seeing campus, the students, things like that. Get to meet some nice guys."

Standing almost 6-feet-4-inches and 318 pounds, Glass recognizes what he believes are his strengths and weaknesses that generate the half-dozen or so Division I offers he holds.

"I think I want to work on my pass blocking more. We didn't do that much pass blocking at Carter High," Glass explained. "I think I'm very good run-blocking, downfield blocking, zone blocking and scooping. All that. But I want to work on pass-blocking more. I want to be more balanced."

A three-star prospect considered among the top 40 players at his position, Glass believes he could make a decision on his future this weekend in Knoxville.

"I should have my decision by the time I come back from Tennessee," Glass said.

Might a decision come while in Knoxville?

"Yes sir," he said. "I think I might just commit while I'm in town."

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