Chattanooga's Coleman grew up a Vol fan

Over 50 of the area and state athletes were in attendance here Saturday in Knoxville at Derek Dooley's first Tennessee Junior Day as the Vols new head coach. One of Chattanooga McCallie's top athletes Jarrod Coleman attended the one day Junior Day at Rocky Top and came away very impressed. Go "Inside" to learn more about this Tennessee High School prospect.

Over 50 of the area and state athletes were in attendance here Saturday in Knoxville at Derek Dooley's first Tennessee Junior Day as the Vols new head coach.

It appears that the state of Tennessee may supply more D1 prospects than it did this past season.

One of Chattanooga McCallie's top athletes Jarrod Coleman attended the one day Junior Day at Rocky Top and came away very impressed.

"I had an awesome time," Coleman told InsideTennessee.com Sunday. "What else can I say about it, it's Tennessee."

Coleman, a 6-foot-3, 237-pound athlete who runs a 4.7 forty, plays linebacker, tight end and fullback.

This wasn't Coleman's first trip to Knoxville. Growing up an avid Vol fan, he has been to a lot of games.

"I knew a little bit about the school coming into the visit," Coleman admitted. "I learned a lot more about the academic side of things and got a chance to get to know the new coaching staff."

What were Coleman's impressions of Coach Dooley and his new coaching staff?

"Coach Dooley is phenomenal, he has put together a great coaching staff," Coleman said. "I feel that Coach Dooley will get UT back to its roots of Tennessee Football. He is a true man of character, which is refreshing."

While Coleman has no official offers, he is receiving a lot of interest from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arkansas, Auburn, UCLA and Nebraska.

"I have been a Vol fan all my life," Coleman said. "It would be a dream come true to get that offer."

Coleman plans on attending camp at UT this summer and is looking forward to building a relationship with Dooley and his staff.


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