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January 15, 2013

Visits impress trio of commitments

The race to National Signing Day is in full effect and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones isn't wasting time. He was out and about on Monday visiting some of the local Vol commitments.

"It was a great day recruiting East Tennessee!!" Jones said on his Twitter account. "Searching for championship caliber athletes for #RockyTop!"

He began his day at Bradley Central visiting offensive lineman Austin Sanders. Sanders is no stranger to Knoxville, but he was happy to see the roles reversed with Tennessee coming to him.

"It was awesome and great to see him," Sanders said. "He and coach Mo (Mahoney) enjoyed the time with me and coach Jones loved the tradition of our school here. He said he was proud and he can't wait to get me down there this weekend for my official."

After leaving Cleveland, Jones made his way back to west Knoxville to meet with Brett Kendrick and Josh Smith. The two-time state champions were pumped to meet with the top Vol and clearly expressed how impressed they were.

"Coach Jones is an awesome guy," Kendrick said. "He's very down to earth. There is just something about him that tells me that he is going to be a very successful coach. Watch out for the Vols in the coming years."

Smith tweeted after the visit that Jones had given him the #25 to wear for the orange and white. It's the same number he's worn throughout this high school career.

"It was a great visit,' Smith said. "I like coach Jones more and more each time I see hm. I can't wait to see what God has in store for him and this team. Big things are going to happen."

Kendrick was also impressed by what Jones had to say during the visit.

"He was talking about some of the new things he was doing with the players and the recruits," Kendrick said. "He's just got a special feel to him. Some of the new traditions in the team meetings and some small stuff that will give us the best chance to win. I think he is going to put 7's around the indoor complex with the goal in mind of getting our 7th national championship."

Jones is back at work today, visiting Ohio and Pennsylvania. Once again looking for "championship caliber athletes for #RockyTop!"


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