Dylan Wonnum came to Tennessee hoping for an offer, but he didn't necessarily expect one. The class of 2018 offensive lineman already secured scholarship invitations from schools like Illinois, Kentucky and Wake Forest without thinking too much about snagging one from Butch Jones' program.
When Jones extended the offer, Wonnum was shocked.
"It was a surprise," Wonnum said. "It's just great. I was hoping to get an offer but I didn't know they were going to offer me right on the spot like that."
The trip was the Stone Mountain, Georgia, native's second visit to Knoxville and first outside of a game day. Wonnum toured the facilities, spoke with the coaching staff and met with other recruits who are also considering committing to the Vols. After seeing what Tennessee had to offer, he received one.
"They surpassed everything," Wonnum said. "I really liked the locker room and everything. I liked the locker room. We didn't tour the dorms yet, but I'm pretty sure they're good."
The 6-foot-5, 289-pound rising junior also had the opportunity to sit down with offensive line coach Don Mahoney to go over where his skill set would fit along Tennessee's future line.
"I talked to coach Mahoney and he just liked my highlight tapes," Wonnum said. "He's pretty sure that I'm going to fit well in this type of offense."
Other schools are surely to follow suit after seeing Wonnum's highlight tape, but the offensive tackle will be ready for the chaos surrounding college recruitment. HIs brother, Dennis, signed with South Carolina as a defensive end in February and showed his younger brother how the process works.
"I learned you have to take your time when you commit to a school because, if you don't, it might screw you up," Wonnum told Scout in February. "He was just very stressed out."
As Wonnum continues his search, he'll look for a program that runs a system fit for his skillful run blocking technique and a university that provides him the educational opportunities to succeed in the classroom.
"I'd say probably the play formations they run, and education (is what I'm looking for in a school)," Wonnum said. "Education is a big part."null