Taking in the town

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After finding his own way to Knoxville to take in the Tennessee-Vanderbilt game in November on an unofficial visit, Alden Hill made the trip back south officially last weekend and enjoyed getting an in-depth look at his future home.

"It was great," said Hill, who committed back in mid-July and hasn't wavered. "I was coming back as a commit. I got to see a lot more of the campus stuff. I also got to schedule my classes and get my roommate, which is going to be Cody Blanc. I got to meet some of the recruits, and we all got along real good. I was really happy with my class. I get to talk to a few of the other guys on the Internet and Twitter like Justin King and Keithon Redding. I'm kind of excited about our class, and I've met quite a few players on our team already."

Volunteer freshmen running backs Tom Smith and Devrin Young hosted Hill and made him feel at home.

"They took us around and showed us our dorms," he said. "We got to hang out with some basketball players and stuff. They showed us around the city, showed us Market Square and some key places."

Hill, other incoming freshmen and their hosts took in the men's basketball game against Pittsburgh at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday.

"It was great," Hill said. "Everyone came up and said hi. At Tennessee everyone is just real nice; the hospitality is amazing. Coming up shaking my hand and saying hi to other recruits like they know us personally. It's real cool."

Also spending some time with Hill was fellow incoming running back Quenshaun Watson, who was officially visiting from his home in Athens, Ga.

"Yeah, I hung out with him for most of the time too," Hill said. "Me and him got together, and I can see myself rooming with him sometime. That was real cool because I feel like everyone in our class is real close and we all get along. It's real fun that way. There's not a lot of attitude or 'I'm just here for a visit' or 'I'm better than you.' It was kind of like we went to school together."

Hill, who was laser timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Tennessee's camp in June, was told that the staff plans to use Watson in similar ways to how it used Young and Rajion Neal this past season with balls being thrown to Watson in the flat, getting him the ball in open space and on special teams.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon, who is assigned to recruit Ohio, both dropped by Marlington High School and then by Hill's home on Thursday evening. Hill said things "went real good."

Vol running backs coach Jay Graham is scheduled to head up to meet Hill and visit his school next week.

The 6-foot-2, 223-pounder plans to don jersey No. 30, which was vacated by the graduation of linebacker Shane Reveiz. Hill is presently registered for 18 hours of course work and plans to be in Knoxville to start his college journey on Jan. 10. He is leaning toward majoring in Graphic Design.

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