Tennessee DC Makes Recruiting Pitch To Walter Nolen At Knoxville Quarterback’s Club

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    Tennessee defensive coordinator Tim Banks talked at the Knoxville Quarterback’s Club, Monday. The Broyles Award nominee wasn’t just talking to Vol fans and media at the event, there was a special guest in attendance.

    Walter Nolen, the nation’s No. 2 prospect, was in attendance to listen to the Vols’ defensive coordinator.

    With Nolen in the building, it was no surprise Banks offered plenty of praise for Tennessee defensive line coach Rodney Garner.

    “You’d be a fool not want to play for him (Garner),” Banks told the crowd.

    Nolen, a Powell High School standout, committed to Texas A&M on Nov. 13. The nation’s best defensive tackle visited College Station three times this fall including for the Aggies’ upset win over Alabama.

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    From the moment Nolan committed, it was clear Tennessee wasn’t going to stop its pursuit of the nation’s No. 2 prospect. That’s the nature of college football recruiting.

    Still, the Vols’ efforts to flip the highly touted prospect don’t appear anywhere near impossible. The week following his commitment to Texas A&M, Nolan went ahead with a previously scheduled visit to Tennessee for the Georgia game.

    Nolen coming to the Knoxville Quarterback’s Club is the latest example that the state’s No. 1 prospect is still listening to Tennessee’s pitch.

    Banks pitch of playing for Rodney Garner isn’t a challenging one to make. Garner has been one of the nation’s best defensive line coaches for 25 years, encompassing stops at Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia.

    Garner has coached and developed 10 All-Americans, 32 NFL Draft picks and seven first round selections in the NFL Draft.

    Despite two visits to Tennessee this fall, Nolen has not used an official visit. The next step for the Vols to flip the Nolen is getting him on campus for an official visit.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.

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