November 17, 2006

Melancon likes Vols, Hawgs, Rebs

Rivals250 defensive tackle Rolando Melancon of Lutcher (La.) High recently took his first official visit, has a current top three and is planning to take more official visits following the completion of his high school football season.

"I took my first official visit to Tennessee a couple of weeks ago for the LSU game," he said.

The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder enjoyed his time in Knoxville.

"All of the coaches and the players are real close. They are like a family. They are real close to each other. I like the hills up there. I am from way down south, so I've never seen anything like that.

"I also liked the fans. The fans in Rocky Top are so crazy."

The Vols made enough of an impression to move them into the top group for Melancon's services.

"On top right now has to be Tennessee, Arkansas and Ole Miss are leading right now," he said. "LSU, Nebraska and Michigan are still in there, too."

He plans to set up official visits to Oxford, Miss., and Fayetteville, Ark., soon, though he doesn't have the dates nailed down.

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