UT commitment Posey gets home visit

Recruiting is all about building relationships with young men and those special people around them in their lives. The Tennessee Coaching staff hit the recruiting trail Sunday, with Coach Derek Dooley and several of the Vol coaches making visits to schools and homes of some of UT's top prospects. Go "Inside" to see how the home visit with Alan Posey and OL coach Harry Hiestand went.

Derek Dooley has said from day one he plans on building his football program at the University of Tennessee with quality young men and quality coaches.

This appears to be happening already.

The Volunteer coaching staff hit the recruiting trail hard beginning Sunday night and have been making home visits with UT's current commitments and top prospects on their board.

We caught up with Athens Georgia offensive lineman Alan Posey Tuesday night following a home visit with his future position coach Harry Hiestand.

"It was great," Posey told InsideTennessee.com. "It was good to sit down in an informal setting and get to know him better."

It appears that Coach Hiestand spent a few hours at the Posey residence and was even awarded a home cooked meal for his time.

"We fed him good," Posey laughed. "We had Chicken, some macaroni and cheese, it was a good time."

The younger Posey wasn't the only one that got to get to know Coach Hiestand on a higher level.

"He and my father met on junior day," Posey said. "They got a chance to sit down and talk about a lot of things before dinner. It was a great visit."

Dooley has talked all season about how his young team has bought into his program, it also appears his coaching staff has as well.

"You can tell that Coach Hiestand has a lot of respect for Coach Dooley and what he is doing at Tennessee." Posey said. "I know he works for him, but you can tell he genuinely thinks highly of him. He told us last night that there wasn't another coach in the country that was better fitted for Tennessee than Derek Dooley."

Posey has been impressed with how Dooley has handled himself throughout his first season, on and off the field.

"He is definitely a man of high character," Posey said. "You can tell, you can look in his eyes and see how much being at Tennessee means to him. That is the type of man I want to play for."

Dooley has also stressed finding quality young men who want to be in Knoxville and who want to be a Volunteer for life.

"I love Tennessee," Posey said. "I love everything about it. Coach Dooley is building something special there and I'm so glad and feel honored to be a part of it. We are going to win a lot of championships at Rocky Top."

Posey is looking forward to getting to know all of the Tennessee coaches better.

"It was great to see a different side of Coach Hiestand," Posey said. "To sit down and enjoy a meal with him in my home was special."

Posey will be taking his official visit this weekend and has been one of the Vols more vocal pledges.

Is he looking forward to doing a little recruiting this weekend?

"I will definitely make sure that everyone knows about how great this place is," Posey said. "We want guys who want to be a part of this, I will just make sure they know how I feel about Rocky Top, that might help in recruiting."

Posey has been committed for sometime to the Vols. Has any other schools came into his school lately to check on him?

"I'm off limits to other college coaches," Posey said. "My high school coach has made sure of that."


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