Jones, Tennessee perfect match for Wiesman

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For two-star offensive lineman Dylan Wiesman the meshing of head football coach Butch Jones and Tennessee was a dream come true.

Originally committed to Jones at Cincinnati, but in love with what Knoxville had to offer, when the two joined together it was a perfect match for the Colerain (Ohio) High School senior.

"It is the people that make the place and then you have a place like Knoxville with all the facilities," Wiesman told InsideTennessee. "It was really hard for me to say no to them the first time. Then the relationship I had with the coaches and all of them coming down here was perfect. Having that family aspect and then having what Knoxville has to offer — it makes it hard to fail."

Wiesman, the No. 92 offensive guard in the 2013 class according to FOX Sports NEXT, has loved Tennessee since he was first offered by former coach Derek Dooley last summer during offensive/defensive line camp.

"It was great," he said. "I have loved it down here ever since they offered me last year. The only reason I didn't come was the relationship I had with Coach Jones and Coach Mahoney. It was great. We all got treated like kings."

Over the last several years Tennessee's offensive lines have been one of the closest position groups on the field and it looks as though the 2013 class will carry on the tradition.

"Brett Kendrick, Austin Sanders, A.J. Branisel, we all hit it off," Wiesman said. "I have been talking to them for two months now. Then talking to the players on the team it is kind of hard not to like it here."

The 6-foot-4, 295 pounder said walking into a quiet Neyland Stadium for dinner Saturday night was the highlight of his visit in Knoxville.

"The eating in the skybox and seeing the field and the locker room presentation was awesome," he said. "Seeing where you are about to play and where we are planning to do big things was awesome. Just seeing that was cool."

And while Wiesman didn't make it to the BasketVols 72-57 win over Mississippi State, he was still astounded by the fan support that flocked to Thompson-Boling Arena.

"I was really tired and didn't make it to the basketball game," Wiesman said. "I actually stayed in the room and got some sleep, but they said there were almost 18,000 fans there. That is about the average of what they would have at a normal (Cincinnati) football game. That is crazy. Then we had a mini Vol Walk and they lined up after the basketball game. It was awesome."

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