Defensive lineman Richard Ash of Pahokee High School had heard a lot about the UT Football program lately some good and some bad.
He decided at the last minute to take the trip up north to check out what all the excitement and buzz was about first hand, he is glad he did.
"I almost didn't make the trip," Ash told InsideTennessee.com Sunday. "I had heard a lot of good things and a few bad, but I'm certainty glad I made the trip, it was so much better than I expected it to be."
The one person that really stood out to the standout defender is new Tennessee Assistant Head Coach and defensive line coach Ed Orgeron.
"Coach O is incredible," Ash said. "He really knows his stuff. I can easily see why he is considered one of the best defensive line coaches in the country."
Ash also gives credit to Orgeron for bring the energy and excitement to the camp.
"He is so high energy," Ash said. "You can't help to get fired up when you're around him."
Ash got to see the entire campus and was impressed with the academic support system Lane Kiffin and staff has in place.
"I loved the academic support system they have," Ash said. "I really like the dorms on campus, everything about the place was great."
"They definitely helped their cause with me," Ash stated. "Tennessee is definitely in a better spot with me after this visit."
Ash plans on taking a few more visits before making a final decision.
"Several of us are talking about make a decision together on September 25," Ash said. "Right now that's probably when I will decide where I'm going to go."
Ash is a 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive tackle and is rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com.