I've got a sneaky suspicion I know where that quip originated.
Back in July of 1995 I was in my early days as editor of Rocky Top News. I had no idea who to put on the cover of my debut issue but I figured you couldn't go wrong with the Vols' head football coach. I called Fulmer's office and got approval to stop by and shoot a cover photo.
I had interviewed Phillip Fulmer dozens of times but I had never shot his picture, so I was a little nervous. I hastily pointed the camera, clicked a few times, then thanked him and rushed back to my office.
As fate would have it, I was a lot happier with that first cover than Phillip was. A few days after the issue hit the newsstands he approached me as I was visiting the UT football complex.
"Why didn't you tell me I needed a shave before you took that picture?" he asked.
"I didn't realize you needed one," I said.
Fulmer frowned, shook his head and said, "I looked like a guy on a three-day drunk."
I'm pretty sure that incident was the inspiration for the "recruiting is kind of like shaving" wisecrack.