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For many high school football prospects Neyland Stadium is all the Tennessee Volunteers need to push them over the edge for a commitment.

However, for White Station (Tenn.) High School product Jason Carr, the site of Neyland Stadium just reaffirmed his commitment to the Volunteers.

Carr got his first glimpse of Neyland Stadium during Saturday's Orange & White game as the Orange topped the White 17-14.

"I have actually never been to a UT game before," Carr told InsideTennessee. "This was my first game with a whole lot of fans and everything. It was very exciting."

Carr caught up with the InsideTennessee staff after being mobbed by loads of fans looking for an autograph outside the Gate 21 entrance of Neyland Stadium.

"I look at it like it is just great times to come," Carr said of the signing session. "I can't wait to get here and make play so people have a reason to ask for my autograph. Right now I am just trying to stay humble about it."

With nearly 50 prospects in Neyland Stadium for Saturday's game, Carr was hitting the recruiting trail for the Vols.

"I am trying to expand the program and recruit for them as best as I could," he said. "I tried to tell the recruits why I committed to Tennessee and just try to help them out in making their decision."

The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder is recruited by Tenenssee wide receivers coach Darin Hinshaw and got a chance to sit down with both him and defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri during his visit.

"They told me that I will be a great fit in their defense and everything," Carr said. "I know that coach Sal Sunseri, coming from Alabama, has a lot of things to teach me.

"Coach Hinshaw and I got a chance to sit in his office and talk about my grades and spring football. Just catch up on how things are going and my upcoming season."

Carr, a three-star defensive end according to, was wowed by the 35,421, but he knows it is just a taste of what is to come in 2012.

"They said that today was nothing," he said of the crowd. "I know Tennessee holds about 104,000 during a game. I can't wait to see that. I am going to be up here this season for a game. I am not sure which game yet, but it is going to be this season for sure."

As a junior, Carr led Shelby County in sacks as a junior with 16 and had 68 tackles.

"I think I had a fairly good year, putting my team in a position to win and causing turnovers from the other team," Carr said.

Stay tuned for recruiting updates from InsideTennessee throughout the weekend.

Chris Price is a staff writer for He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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