Did the University of Tennessee receive a much needed commitment from an offensive lineman Sunday morning?
While it was very tempting and apparently very close to happening, Junior College lineman John Cullen said the Volunteers have definitely moved up in his mind and currently holds a special place for him.
"I didn't commit," Cullen told InsideTennessee.com. "I definitely considered it. It was very tempting. The trip definitely lived up to expectations and beyond. Now I need to take a step back and make sure that I make the right decision."
Did the trip make a difference for Cullen and his current favorite list?
"Tennessee is definitely now No. 1 in my book," Cullen said. "I want to play at the best school possible. At the highest level, the SEC is about as good as it gets."
Utah held the favorite spot for Cullen prior to his first official visit to Rocky Top; will distances be a factor for the talented lineman's decision?
"No, distance won't be a factor in my decision at all," Cullen said. "I like the South a lot, I was told how important football was here, and I got to experience it first hand."
Cullen wasn't sure what to expect as far as Tennessee's game with Georgia on Saturday, did the Volunteer's performance impress the California native?
"I wasn't expecting Tennessee to be that good of football team," Cullen said. "I was truly impressed it told me a lot about the program, including the fact that it's headed in the right direction."
Cullen wasn't sure what to expect about Knoxville, but left very impressed.
"I was thinking it might be a small country town with not much to do there," Cullen said. "That's not the case at all; there is a lot to do here."
Cullen was also matched up with someone who was familiar with some of the same thing he was.
"Cody Pope was my host, they put the two long haired California guys together," Cullen said. "It was a great time."
Another thing that stood out to Cullen was the Tennessee coaching staff.
"It's true, they have the best coaching staff in the country," Cullen explained. "I got to spend a lot of time with Coach James Cregg; I love the way he coaches and his approach with his players. The Vols offensive system is a perfect fit for me."
While Cullen didn't make an immediate decision, he plans on taking a few more visits before deciding.
Cullen will graduate in May and enroll at the school of his choice in June.