Those bonds and relationships are exactly what Butch Jones and his Tennessee coaching staff are battling on the recruiting trail as they try and put together a 2013 class that will be vital in rebuilding the Tennessee brand.
One player that Tennessee is hard after is four-star defensive end and Florida State commitment Davin Bellamy. While the Chamblee, Ga., native remains 100 percent committed to the Noles, he is listening to what the Vols have to say.
"Coach Jancek offered me back in the spring when he was at Cincinnati and I have been talking with coach Graham too," Bellamy told InsideTennessee. "I am still 100 percent committed to Florida State, but I am listening to what Tennessee has to offer and I am going to take one of my official visits there."
Bellamy's relationship with Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and his assistants were paramount in gaining his trust and his commitment throughout his recruitment. However, surprising, Tennessee isn't that far behind in that regard.
"Relationships with coaches are really important to me," Bellamy said. "I think there is a trust there with Florida State that makes me feel comfortable, but that isn't something that is hurting Tennessee. I have been talking with Coach Jancek since May and I also have a relationship with Coach Thigpen from Auburn when he was recruiting me there. Auburn was one of my top schools before I committed to Florida State."
Bellamy, who doesn't yet have a date to visit Rocky Top, also has visited scheduled to Virginia Tech (Jan. 6) and Florida State (Jan. 11).
"I established early on with Florida State that I was going to take all five of my official visits," he said. "I told them that when I committed. I am going to take all five and Tennessee has kept talking to me so they will get one."
A 6-foot-5, 225 pounder, Bellamy has the pass rush ability that Tennessee has been desperate for after finishing the 2012 season tied for 97 in Division I FBS with just 17 sacks, which was last in the SEC.
"Coach Graham told me that really struggled on defense this season and they really don't have anyone that can do what I can do," he said. "They need someone who can get up the field and get a sack or tackle for loss. They told me I could come in there and compete to play early."
Bellamy is ranked as the No. 23 defensive end in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports NEXT. Stay tuned for more Tennessee football recruiting updates from InsideTennessee.