Tennessee 'feels like home' for Dews

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Tennessee commit Jerome Dews thought he had a pretty good idea as to how the Vols were able to sting together a top 2014 recruiting class.

There's the tradition, Neyland Stadium and new facilities. Dews knew about all of that. Tennessee has everything a recruit could ask for, the Scout three-star would tell you.

But after taking his official visit to Knoxville this weekend, Dews now believes the Vols' recruiting success has nothing to do with eye-opening seating capacity numbers or brand new weight lifting equipment.

"Everyone is just a family. That's why we got such a good class. None of that other stuff, man," Dews told InsideTennessee. "Every time someone visits, they make you feel at home. It's something real special, man. When you there, you know you just belong. It's a family. You can't find that anywhere else."

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder said his visit "blew away" his expectations. And he certainly had high hopes for the trip.

The last time Dews was on campus was back in July for Foundation Day because Potomac (Md.) High School plays on Saturdays, so he could never make it for down for a game.

Dews said he was most excited to get a chance to bond with his future teammates.

And from all accounts, bond is exactly what they did.

"We got so much closer. I haven't been up there in forever. We knew each other from the last time I was up there during the summer kind of, but we really didn't," Dews said. "We got together and it was just home. We got together and couldn't get away from each other. We brothers."

Other than "bonding" with the likes of Todd Kelly Jr., Vic Wharton, RaShaan Gaulden, Derek Barnett and others, Dews said the highlight of the trip is a four-way tie between a Friday night dinner at Butch Jones' house (where crab legs and "countless" other things were served), riding on the boat up the Tennessee River, trying on the Smokey Gray uniforms and lunch atop the iconic Sunsphere in the heart of downtown Knoxville.

"Those four things, man, I really can't decide what my favorite was," Dews told IT. "It was just so nice – all of it. It really was."

Dews, who was hosted by freshman pass-catcher Neiko Creamer, said he also enjoyed getting to spend time with Jones.

"Some of the older players, they be like, man, you don't even know, coach Jones is scary, coach Jones is scary, man, and all that," Dews said. "But, man, he's so cool, man. He ain't scary. He's so down to earth.

"He be acting like he's one of us recruits. He's an awesome dude. I just have such a bond with him. People say he's intense and stuff, but in a good way. They say he gets after you bad during the season, but no one ever says anything bad about him. He's real cool. I can't wait to play for him, for real. That day can't come fast enough."

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