Does Blair still have Vols on top?

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With most of the starting spots on the Tennessee offensive line to be vacated next season, one of the Volunteers' four JUCO commitments for the Class of 2014 is excited to have an opportunity to play right away.

"It is definitely something you look at when being recruited," Blair told InsideTennessee. "(Assistant) coach (Tommy) Thigpen and the coaches at Tennessee really wanted me to come here and told me I would have a lot of opportunities."

After competing at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, where many top Division I prospects have come out of including Vols current defensive back Riyahd Jones, Dontavius Blair considered it to be a nice ‘'pit stop'' along the way to where he eventually wanted to be.

This weekend Blair, who committed on Oct. 8, made the trek down to Knoxville to take in Homecoming weekend in Knoxville. Despite the team's loss to Auburn, the FOX Sports and Scout four-star offensive tackle still was exuberant about his trip and loved what he saw.

"Seeing the atmosphere was extremely exciting; it beats all the other fan bases I have seen," Blair said. "Also, being with all the players and coaches after the game was a lot of fun and they have helped me learn a lot of the aspects about life, not just the game. I took it all in this weekend and look forward to my time here."

While being around first-year head coach Butch Jones and other recruits and committed players, the Anniston, Ala., native left his trip ready to come in and do great things.

"Seeing what they have at Tennessee inspires me to work hard," he said. "Going to coach Jones' house and seeing all the success he has had makes me want to achieve more."

One of the most important factors that went into his decision to come to Tennessee is that he has faith in those around him.

"I have complete trust in coach Jones, and if you can trust somebody it goes a long way," he said. "Also, if you trust in the Lord it can take you a long way in life."

The 6-foot-8, 305-pound tackle says he is firmly committed.

"I'm Tennessee all the way," he said. "It's like having a girlfriend. You don't want to talk to another girl when you have one that has all you need."

Once he arrives in Knoxville, the Alabama native wants to continue to get bigger, faster and stronger. He also is excited to play for a fan base he considers to be the best in the country.

"They have a totally different fan base from all the rest I've ever been to," Blair said. "I'm excited for my future and can't wait to get started."

The four-star plans to report to Tennessee on Jan. 6.


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