Knoxville native pulls trigger

Derek Dooley and the Tennessee coaching staff have picked up their second in-state commitment. Knoxville Central will have their first Tennessee athlete since Todd Helton wearing the orange and white. Read as InsideTennessee.com brings you up to speed on all things Vols recruiting.

Derek Dooley and the Tennessee coaching staff have collected their seventh commitment in the last five days.

The latest coming from Knoxville Central receiver Cody Blanc, who said all things pointed to a perfect fit on Rocky Top.

"It's my hometown you know," Blanc said. "I don't live 10 minutes away from Tennessee. It is just the best fit for my family and me. I have a great opportunity to go over there a play ball."

Blanc decided late Thursday night that he would go ahead and pull the trigger and called offensive coordinator Jim Chaney Friday morning.

"(Coach Chaney) was really excited. He thinks that I have a great opportunity and a good chance to go over there and do really well at UT," he said. "We talked yesterday and he kind of knew that I was going to do it today. We were both really excited. I called him and I was like ‘I got some good news for you.'"

Blanc, who has amassed 1,993 yards and 20 touchdowns in two seasons, is just excited for the opportunity that Derek Dooley has given him.

"My family and I were over at UT on Monday talking to Dooley and he just takes a different approach really. They just evaluate people.

"They don't base their recruiting of websites or anything like that. They evaluate you at camp and if you can play there is a good chance they are going to offer you."

Blanc has made all the arrangements and said he will likely enroll at Tennessee in January. He reports a 3.6 core GPA and scored a 21 on his ACT.

Blanc chose Tennessee over offers from Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.


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