For one Knoxville Tennessee offensive lineman, it's been a long time coming for the arrival of his senior season.
Zach Tait, an offensive lineman from Knoxville Catholic High School, received a medical hardship and got the opportunity to repeat his junior season due to missing so much school.
Tait tore his ACL, MCL and PCL along with dislocating his knee cap. After multiple surgeries and missing over five months of school, the hometown son is excited about getting back out on the field this fall.
"I'm 100 percent healthy," Tait told InsideTennessee.com recently. "I have been playing rugby this spring; my knee is definitely ready to go."
Tait's recruiting is starting to pick up as well.
"Right now I have two official offers," Tait explained. "Colorado and New Mexico have offered so far, I expect several more schools to step up and offer after they see my knee is back to 100 percent."
There are two schools that Tait is hoping to receive some good news from.
"I would really love to get offers from Tennessee and LSU," Tait said. "Growing up in Knoxville it would be great to get to stay home and play in front of my family and friends."
According to Tait, Tennessee is showing a lot of interest so far in the 6-foot-4, 315-pound offensive lineman.
Tait plays both offensive tackle and defensive tackle for his high school team; several schools are looking at him to play either side of the ball.
"I have spoken to both the offensive and defensive line coaches at Tennessee," Tait said. "They both seem very interested in me playing for them. I prefer defense but will play either at the next level."
Tait has attended one of the Vols practices this spring and is hoping to get to know the new coaching staff a lot better.
"They seem like a great group of coaches," Tait said. "Coach (Lane) Kiffin is really fired up about being at Tennessee. I truly think they will turn this program around and make it one of the best in the country again."
Tait is also impressed with Coach Kiffin and the Volunteers coaching staff goals for the team.
"Coach Kiffin told me that their expectations were high for this team," Tait said. "He wants to win a National Championship in Knoxville and feels he will have his team ready to compete for one in a couple of years."