Derek Dooley and his coaching staff has put together a sound recruiting class so far, with less than three weeks to National Signing Day, all eyes are on how the Vols close.
Part of Dooley's class, as a true Tennesseean might say would be "The hay is already in the barn."
They would be referring to the six early enrollees who have already enrolled in classes on the Tennessee campus. How important is it for a program to have early enrollees? What kind of impact will these young men have this spring on Rocky Top?
InsideTennessee.com has decided to try to answer a few of those questions by giving our take on each one of the guys who are already on campus for the UT Recruiting Class of 2011.
The first early enrollee we take a closer look at is Quarterback Justin Worley.
Good news is that Tennessee secured the services of the National Gatorade Player of the year.
How good is Worley going to be? Only God knows that answer for sure, but according to several close to the talented signal caller he is going to be a great one.
He led his Northwestern High School team to an undefeated and state championship season his senior year.
The Inside Take: We feel that Worley is one of the most under rated players on the UT commitment list. He is the only National Gatorade Player of the Year in recent history that was rated by the recruiting service lower than a four star. Scout.com and all the rest of the services has Worley rated a three star. It's our take that he is better than advertised.
How valuable is a spring football season for Worley?
Very Valuable is our answer. He will get the opportunity to compete against true sophomore to be Tyler Bray. Competition makes everyone better and that's exactly what Derek Dooley is hoping for.
Other key advantages for Worley being an early enrollee:
A chance to get bigger, stronger and faster during a complete spring off-season. At 6-4, 205 he needs to get a little bigger. Some question Worley's overall arm strength.
A chance to learn the UT offensive system directed by Jim Chaney.
A chance to learn the difference in the speed of the game at the college level.
A chance to learn a lot from quarterback coach Darin Hinshaw. Hinshaw's relationship and patience paid big dividends with Bray this past fall. Expect both Bray and Worley to get better as those relationships build.
A chance to get to know his team and begin building a chemistry with a very talented group of wide receivers.
Worley is known for great accuracy, now he has to adjust his game at he next level.
One thing is for sure, Tennessee is getting a proven winner.
Coaches can teach a lot of things, fundamentals, footwork, throwing motion etc, but it's hard to teach the moxy of a winner. Some guys thrive under the pressure with the ball in their hands, they want the ball when the game is on the line. It appears that Worley possesses these traits.
Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com as we look at the other five early enrollees this spring for the Tennessee Volunteers.