What is Santos' status?

InsideTennessee.com caught up with four-star linebacker and Tennessee commitment Dalton Santos. Read what Santos had to say about being a Vol and recruiting other talented players in this recruiting update.

It has been over a month since Tennessee coaches received word that four-star Texas linebacker Dalton Santos had given his pledge to the Volunteers, but he still talks to them all the time.

"I talked to (Tennessee linebackers) coach Sirmon after practice," Santos said in an interview Monday night. "Coach Sirmon called me and I talked to him and coach (Derek) Dooley for a little bit for about 15 minutes.

"We talk about once or twice a week. We have been talking about me graduating early at mid-semester and making sure we get that done."

As Tennessee fans may remember, Santos' recruitment came down to Tennessee and Texas A&M, the main draw for the Vols being the physical style of play in the Southeastern Conference.

With the SEC presidents unanimously voting in the Aggies the question has to be asked. With A&M on the verge of joining the conference does that make Dalton second-guess his decision?

The Van High School product made his answer short and sweet … "Nope. Not one bit."

Tennessee's latest game was broadcast on ESPN2 and Santos got to snag a glance of his future teammates against Cincinnati.

"I was pumped watching them and it was a good win too," he said.

Santos' senior season is off to a fruitful start, although he hasn't been able to see as much action as he would like with his team bulldozing its first three opponents by a combined score of 144-31.

"It has been going really well, but I haven't been playing much at all," he said. "I have only been playing about a half because by the time we get to halftime it's already 46-0. We have been putting it on people the last three weeks."

During last week's 43-7 drudging of Palestine High, Santos collected 10 tackles and a rushing touchdown in just two quarters of play.

"It was exciting to get in there and score," said Santos of the rushing touchdown. "Last time I touched the football as a running back was like in pee-wee. It was fun to get out there and run over people."

He has been told that Sirmon will be coming to watch him play in the next two or three weeks. Santos will make his official visit for the Tennessee game with LSU and he is excited to meet another fellow Tennessee recruit in person.

"I have been talking to the defensive tackle out of Michigan — Danny O'Brien," he said. "We have been talking a little bit and hitting each other up. He is going to be there for the LSU game. We talk quite a bit. I am trying to get that guy to become a Volunteer as well."

O'Brien made his latest visit to Michigan where he took in the sites of the Maize and Blue when they topped the Notre Dame Fighting Irish with just seconds left on the clock in the first ever night game in the Big House.

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