Vol commit takes in first game

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Three-star outside linebacker and Tennessee Volunteers commitment Dominic Zanca had never seen a college game before, but Saturday night he got introduced to the next level in a big way.

Zanca, who is ranked as the No. 111 outside linebacker in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports Next, was in Neyland Stadium with 102, 454 other fans and it made a big impression.

"It was wild and crazy," Zanca told InsideTennessee.com. "It was the first college game that I have ever been to. The atmosphere was crazy and I loved every bit of it."

The 6-foot-2, 242 pounder originally planned to visit the Vols officially for their game with Missouri, but plans changed when the Gators came to town and now he can't get enough. Zanca now has plans to visit for the Vols game with Alabama unofficially before coming to Knoxville for Missouri.

The Altamonte Springs, Fla., native has made friends with several other Tennessee commitments including Jalen Reeves-Maybin and fellow Florida native Corey Vereen. The Vols 37-20 loss to the Gators was pretty tough to digest for both Sunshine State commitment, especially given their hometown crowds.

"I felt like it was only a couple of plays that made the difference in the game," Zanca said. "I have a lot of Florida fans back home. I am not looking forward to going back, but I think Tennessee played a great game and will bounce back next week."

Zanca and Lake Brantley (Fla.) High School are sitting at 2-1 on the season and they have big plans for 2012.

"We are 2-1 right now and just got a big win against Abito," he said. "We beat them 42-28. I think we are going to be pretty good this year — a playoff team. We just have to keep working hard and we will be fine."

You can see highlights of a much smaller Zanca from his junior season below:

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Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. 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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