Tennessee Football Recruiting: Meet Daniel McCullers, the Vols' Flagship Recruit

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IJanuary 16, 2012

One of the most recent Tennessee commits just so happens to be its biggest—in more ways than one. 

Just hours after it became widely known that now-former Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri had taken Tennessee's defensive coordinator job, the Vols landed a huge commitment from one of the biggest football players in America. 

Coming in at a staggering 6'6", 380 pounds, Daniel McCullers might just become the biggest person to ever don the orange and white.

Finding a jersey to fit the giant could prove difficult. However, if there is one mold that McCullers fits it has to be the typical 3-4 nose tackle position. 

Before head coach Derek Dooley hired Sunseri, that might have been a slight issue since Tennessee has traditionally ran a 4-3 style defense. 

When Sunseri signed, however, there were reports that the Vols planned to switch to a 3-4 look. Dooley refused to commit to one defensive style in a recent press conference. 

"We're going to have both. Some plays we'll have two. We might have one some plays. We're going to do it all. Are we going to run some 3-4? Yes. That's what you all want to hear. We're not going to be a 4-3 team. We're going to be a multiple team, which means there will be 3-4 principles. There will be 40 principles." (via utsports.com)

It's obvious the head coach doesn't want to be pinned down to one look. 

Dooley later continued, "There will be some odd looks, third down, everything. It's everything. What we're going to look like next fall is going to be predicated on - as we put stuff in during the spring and in training camp - what can we do well given our personnel?" (via utsports.com)

What the head coach couldn't say at that point--NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about specific players they are recruiting--was that one major personnel piece appears to be taken care of.

Any 3-4 look has to have a dynamic nose tackle in the middle. If McCullers isn't dynamic, someone should tell the numerous SEC coaches clamored after the behemoth throughout the past year. 

McCullers, a junior college transfer, was being recruited by Alabama, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, and Tennessee. 

Luckily for Dooley, the Vols ended up with the big man. McCullers will have three years of eligibility with the Vols.

The Rivals.com 4-star lineman is not only a welcome addition to this class, he's one of the most important commits that Dooley has received in his two-plus years on the job.