With a new head coach in place for the Tennessee Volunteers in Derek Dooley the Vols have been working overtime in hopes of shoring up their current commitments while also going out onto the recruiting trail and find more talent to help turn Tennessee around to where they were once at, on top of the SEC.
Tennessee recently hosted a few recruits last weekend and VolNation.com caught up with Eddrick Loften (Irving, TX/Nimitz High School) the 5’10 195 pound safety to see how his official visit to Knoxville went.
“Yes sir, I went up to Tennessee last weekend and I got to check out the place,” says Loften. “It was a great visit and I got to see a ton of things.”
One of the items for Loften to see was Neyland Stadium and other buildings within the athletic department.
“I checked out the stadium they got and it is pretty big. I thought it was really nice and the overall program looks to be a good one. I also saw the academic building and was pretty impressed with that. While I was there the staff mentioned some additions to the weight room and other areas and that is pretty interesting for me.”
One low point of the visit was the fact that because of NCAA rules Loften wasn’t able to meet with Dooley on campus.
“I didn’t get to really meet Coach Dooley while I was out there but I mostly hung out with the team which made up for it,” said Loften.
Coach Dooley and secondary coach Willie Mack Garza both made a trip down to the state of Texas this Wednesday however to speak with Loften again and this time with his family as well.
“Not seeing coach Dooley at Tennessee wasn’t that big of an issue because he was able to come down and meet with me here at home and he also got a chance to talk with my parents,” explained Loften.
“We had a lot of questions and myself and my family got them all answered. Coach Dooley is a really nice guy and he came down here to simply talk about what he is all about and how he will turn Tennessee around to being a top school again. I was impressed.”
Does Loften think Dooley is the man to turn things around at Tennessee?
“Oh ya, I think coach Dooley has a plan in place and I think that you will see Tennessee back on top here real soon,” says Loften.
With signing day near Loften has a tough choice ahead of him in regards to his college. He plans on taking one more official visit before signing day.
“Right now I am wide open,” explained Loften. “I plan on visiting either Kansas or Texas AM before signing day. I will head to one of those schools next weekend and then after I take that visit I should know where I am going to school.”
“I am open simply because I haven’t taken my other visits but right now you could say Tennessee leads for me.”
VolNation.com will check in with Loften sometime next week as he prepares for his official visit.