Diary: Anxious to get '11 started

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A few of Tennessee's football commitments have agreed to work alongside InsideTennessee.com to diary their senior seasons and final year of high school.

Alden Hill was among the first who volunteered to share some of his thoughts and his life with our readership. Read below to see what Alden had to say in his first installment as he and his Marlington (Ohio) High School teammates prepare for their season opener against Aquinas tonight.

My high school team just finished our two-a-days last week, which can only mean one thing, the season is upon us. We have had great weather up here and have dodged practicing in anything above the high 80s,(something I will truly miss while living in Ohio). On the other hand, a few nice days in Ohio are usually followed with a week of showers and severe flooding.

Our team had a game-simulated scrimmage last Friday with Ravenna, who is suggested to be one of the top teams in their division.

It was a great chance to showcase our talents after waiting all year to hit the field. We won 21-20. This was good to see considering our team consists of mostly underclassmen, this year with seven starters returning. Among those starters is Zach Higgins, our tackle who is committed to Michigan State, and Dymonte Thomas, a running back, who is also a big time recruit.

The triple option offense has always made it hard for the opposing team to contain, especially with two Division I prospects in the backfield. Our young kids were very physical and got after it, erasing any doubt that they can't help us to another league title and 13-1 season.

We have a lot of eyes on us that go hand in hand with the targets we have developed on our backs, after becoming the No. 1-ranked DIII team in the AP poll. We will kick off our season with a home opener against a non-league competitor, St. Thomas Aquinas.

As far as Tennessee football is concerned, Big Orange Country has picked up some great recruits recently that has kept this spark growing, after being lit by coach Derek Dooley.

Congratulations to Kenneth Crawley, LaDarrell McNeil and Jason Croom for joining the Volunteer family. We are happy to have you and I wish you luck on your senior seasons, as well as the rest of the commits.

I have heard Tennessee has been doing very well preparing for the season and I can't wait to witness it this year at Neyland Stadium.


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