Purple Tiger wants to be painted orange

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If there's a color that graces the drawers and hangers in the bedroom of Ty Jobe aside from the purple of Watertown (Tenn.) High School, it's the orange of the Tennessee Volunteers.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder that's being recruited as a wide receiver has been a frequent unofficial visitor for camps and games on Rocky Top. On Feb. 16, he made the quick jaunt from Lebanon, Tenn., for a junior day.

"I got to meet the new coaching staff; that was really good," Jobe told InsideTennessee. "I'm really buying what they're doing. I want to come up here and join them soon. They seem like they're turning this program around into the right direction."

He returned home without the scholarship offer he covets, but Jobe didn't hesitate in foreshadowing his reaction should one come.

"I would commit immediately. I would join the team," he said.

While on his most recent trip over to Tennessee, Jobe and several other targets took in the first half of the men's basketball victory over Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena.

"The basketball game…it was ridiculous. I liked it. It was wild. It was probably the hypest basketball game I've ever been to. The atmosphere was great," he said.

Other mid-state talents that visited with him included Gabe Angel, RaShaan Gaulden, Jalen Hurd and Josh Malone. Jobe sees a bright future ahead for the Big Orange if they can keep those types home.

"That would be good," said Jobe, who resides about 150 miles west of Neyland Stadium. "That would be the right thing to do to keep us in-state kids going up here and playing together instead of letting us get out of state."

In 2012, Watertown was eliminated in the first round of the TSSAA Class 2A state playoffs by visiting Cascade back on Nov. 2. The Purple Tigers finished 7-4 but expectations are higher for this fall.

"If we work together, we should be good," said Jobe, who lines up at quarterback and free safety primarily and will get time at receiver in some goal-line sets.

Plans after the Knoxville trip was to see Auburn before checking out Georgia Tech on March 9. He said he will be on The Hill on April 20.

"I will be back for the Orange & White game."

To have a look at Jobe's 2012 season highlights, CLICK HERE

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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