For one unofficial visitor things were a little different than it was for most who attended the Tennessee Junior Day Saturday.
Eric MacLain, a former two year commitment to the Vols had already been through a lot of the activities that most were going through Saturday. For MacLain, who had decommitted from Tennessee in the last ten days, it was a chance to get some questions answered and an opportunity to get to know his third coaching staff.
"It was awesome," MacLain told InsideTennessee.com. "It was a great day. Coach Dooley actually reached out to me and we sat down and talked before Junior Day even started, that was nice."
MacLain committed to the Vols when Phillip Fulmer was the head coach, the former Knoxville area athlete wasn't sure where he stood with the new coaching staff, causing a little discomfort for the long time pledge.
"We talked in depth and got to know them a lot better," MacLain said. "We things cleared up, some unanswered questions and concerns. It was a big breath of relief after everything was said and done Saturday."
Does that mean that MacLain is back in the fold for the Volunteers?
"Not yet," MacLain explained. "I plan on not rushing back into it, I want to see a few other schools and make sure that it's the right fit for me. It doesn't mean the visit didn't go great, because it did. We really hit it off; I just want to continue to get to know them and slow things down a little."
One thing for sure MacLain is certain that the new coaching staff wants him as a part of the Vol's program.
"No doubt," MacLain said. "They truly made me feel wanted and I definitely have an official offer from them. Like I said, it feels great to know that for sure."
MacLain got a chance to sit down with new tight end and special team coach Eric Russell and was impressed with the visit.
"He is a great coach," MacLain said. "He broke down the offense for me and went over how much they will use several tight ends in their offense. I liked that a lot."
"I'm hoping that my spring break will work out so I can come up and watch some spring practices and get a chance to visit with the coaches some more," MacLain said. "It was a great visit, I feel a lot better about things."