Big Orange fan dream comes true

One Tennessee High School athlete father has been season ticket holders at the University of Tennessee before he was born. For Andrew Jelks, who has been going to Rocky Top for football games as long as he can remember, had his real dream come true on his unofficial visit to Tennessee Saturday. Go "Inside" on what Jelks had to say.

One Tennessee High School athlete father has been season ticket holders at the University of Tennessee before he was born.

For Andrew Jelks, who has been going to Rocky Top for football games as long as he can remember, had his real dream come true on his unofficial visit to Tennessee Saturday.

"It was a huge day for me," Jelks told InsideTennessee.com. "There aren't words to describe how it felt to get an offer from the University of Tennessee. I was overwhelmed."

While many might expect Jelks to make an immediate decision to go to the school he has always cheered for, that appears not to be the case.

"I will wait this spring and most of the summer to see how recruiting goes," Jelks said. "I'm very proud of the offer Derek Dooley extended to me today."

Does he have an early favorite?

"Tennessee and Vanderbilt are my two favorites," Jelks said. "If I had to pick one, it would have to be Tennessee."

Jelks feels recruiting is beginning to take off for the talented offensive lineman.

"It's always been my dream to play for the University of Tennessee, part of that dream came true today when Derek Dooley told me I had an offer from the school I love so much."

Did Jelks had any idea an offer might be on the way Saturday.

"Marsalis Teague was a former teammate of mine," Jelks said. "He has been telling me that the coaching staff was really high on me, I had a thought an offer could be coming. But it didn't hit me until Coach Dooley gave me the news today."

One reason Jelks wants to wait he wants to see what other schools offer and wants to enjoy the recruiting process. He hopes to make a final decision sometime early in his senior season.

Jelks, who has seen Rocky Top on a number of occasions, really enjoyed his unofficial visit today.

"They gave me the grand tour," Jelks said. "I knew I love the school, but I seen parts of it that I have never seen before. It was amazing."

He also got a chance to visit with several of the current Tennessee team.

"No one had anything bad to say about Coach Dooley or this coaching staff," Jelks said. "This program has a great family feel about it."

One thing for sure is that if Jelks decides on attending Tennessee, he won't have to go out and buy any orange white clothing.

"I have a lot."


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