Being committed to a school means a lot of different things to different prospects.
For one of the University of Tennessee's 2011 pledges it means more to him that a lot of others.
For Eric MacLain being committed, making a pledge to a school that he loves means everything. In fact it's so special to him that he asked his dad to bring him something back from Germany to represent what the Vols mean to him.
"He asked me to find a Germany license plate and have it specially engraved for him," Mr. MacLain explained. "He wanted it to say UT Bound; it has a special double meaning for him."
InsideTennessee asked the younger MacLain what UT Bound meant to him.
"It means that I'm headed there and it's also means I have ties there, like the ties that bind, it means I'm attached to the school." MacLain explained. "I have always loved it at Tennessee, nothing has changed."
While MacLain's father was returning from Germany with the special gift, the football player and his mother made a special trip to Knoxville for the Vols game against Auburn this past weekend.
"It was great," MacLain said. "I love the intensity that Lane Kiffin has brought to this team and program. I wished the outcome would have been different."
The southern hospitality that he experienced by the UT coaching staff impressed the North Carolina tight end and defensive end.
"They have made me feel very much part of the UT family," MacLain said. "To see two of the top players there on their official visit were impressive, there were a lot of great athletes at the game. Tennessee is building something very special in Knoxville."
MacLain, a 6-foot-5, 260 pound athlete, likes the way that Kiffin uses the tight end in his pro style attack.
"I love the offense," MacLain said. "They have made it a lot simpler for Crompton this season. It looks like he is getting better each week."
MacLain has relatives that live in Knoxville and has grown up wearing and living the Orange and White.
"Tennessee Football is all I have ever known," MacLain said. "This is a dream come true, I can't wait to run through the T and be a part of the Rocky Top Experience."