For two California Junior College prospects, their official visit was better than they expected it to be.
Traveling half way across the country together, defensive lineman David Mahoney and wide out Kenny Davis wanted to check out life in the SEC.
"I really liked it a lot," Mahoney told InsideTennessee.com while waiting to change planes in Atlanta. "There is so much to do. The players and the coaching staff stood out a lot to me."
According to Mahoney, it was family feel that impressed him the most.
"A lot of times you will hear players talk about the coaching staff when they aren't around, not the case here," Mahoney said. "The players and the coaches are so close here. I like that a lot, it's like a big family."
Davis, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound athlete who runs a 4.5 forty, was also impressed with his visit to Rocky Top.
"The visit was cool, it was a good experience," Davis said. "It was my first visit, I will take one to Kansas State in a couple of weeks. Right now I'm still a soft verbal to K-State."
Mahoney, a defensive tackle, expects to get a visit from Ed Orgeron in the month of November.
"Coach Orgeron told me that he wanted me here, this is where I belonged," Mahoney said "He wants an answer when he comes sees me in November."
Mahoney was impressed with the Volunteer's fan support.
"To see 95,000 fans in the rain was amazing to me," Mahoney said. "They really love their football here in the South."
Both prospects were impressed with the quality of Kiffin's coaching staff.
"They have some of the best coaches in the country on this staff," Mahoney said. "They do have a lot of talent on the coaching staff, it's impressive," Davis said.
Both play at Los Angeles Pierce Junior College.