It's only 7:30 a.m. out in California, but it's not too early for a junior college prospect to begin enjoying a very special day.
Matt Simms has to finish one final exam before going to the football office to do something that he is looking forward to doing.
"As soon as my class is over I'm headed over to sign my scholarship papers and send them in to Coach," Simms said. "I'm going to be a Tennessee Volunteer. It feels awesome. UT is definitely the best place for me."
Simms spoke to Coach Lane Kiffin yesterday and finally got the good news he was waiting for.
"He told me that everything was set and that he wanted me to be a Vol," Simms told InsideTennessee.com Wednesday morning. "It's something that I have been hoping for."
While current teammate and roommate Kenbrell Thompkins will arrive in Knoxville on Friday, Simms has to make a doctor's appointment in New Jersey.
"I will try to come up either late Saturday or Sunday sometime," Simms said. "It's an exciting day for me. I fell in love with UT and Knoxville on my official visit. I knew this was the place for me. It's finally coming true today."
Today is the first day mid-term junior college prospects can sign a National Letter of Intent. Both Simms and Thompkins are expected to sign by this afternoon.
With the arrival of Simms at midterm, it will allow the Volunteers to have at least four scholarship quarterbacks vying for the starting role during spring football.