The Tennessee Vols are not among the top two or three contenders for four-star defensive tackle Caden Curry.

But Tennessee still has a legitimate chance to land the talented defender.

Curry, who is ranked in 247Sports’ composite rankings as the No. 8 defensive tackle in the nation, recently revealed his top 12 programs. The Vols made the cut, but so did a couple of powerhouse programs, including Alabama, Clemson, and Ohio State.

Rivals national recruiting director Adam Gorney recently noted that Ohio State is the perceived frontrunner in Curry’s recruitment.

“Across the board, the feeling is that Ohio State is the frontrunner and the Buckeyes could be tough to beat,” writes Gorney.

So why do I think Tennessee has a shot to land a four-star defensive lineman over programs like Ohio State and Alabama?

It’s because of an important connection that Curry now has to the Vols.

2022 four-star quarterback Tayven Jackson recently committed to Tennessee.

Jackson is currently high school teammates with Curry at Center Grove in Greenwood, IN.

“Tennessee just landed a commitment from Greenwood Center Grove four-star quarterback Tayven Jackson, so that could be intriguing to Curry,” writes Gorney.

Curry is obviously going to go where he feels like he’s the best fit.

The connection to Tennessee, however, will give Curry a unique view into how the Vols run their program under new head coach Josh Heupel and defensive coordinator Tim Banks.

If UT is able to get Curry to Knoxville, it could drastically change the outlook of the Indiana native’s recruitment.

The Buckeyes may be the leader right now for Curry, but the Vols have a legitimate shot to make some noise in this recruiting battle.

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