Posey takes time to see Rocky Top up close

Athens Georgia native Alan Posey made an unofficial trip to Knoxville on Tuesday, departing Rocky Top on Wednesday after getting a first hand look at the UT Football Program. When will Posey announce his decision on where he is going? Did UT improve it's chances with the talented offensive lineman? We have those answers and more. Go "Inside" for the latest in this FREE Read.

The Dooley name is popular in Athens Georgia, or at least it use to be.

Now that Derek Dooley has been named the Head Coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Athens natives may be liking that name a little bit less than once before.

One Athens prospect that is loving the Dooley name is Clarke Central's offensive lineman Alan Posey.

Posey is enroute back to Georgia Wednesday morning after spending a day and night at Rocky Top on an unofficial visit.

"It was great," Posey told InsideTennessee.com Wednesday morning on his way back to Georgia. "I got a chance to meet a lot of people one on one and get a better look at everything the University of Tennessee has to offer."

It appears that Tennessee has moved up after the visit, on the talented offensive lineman's favorite list.

"Right now they in my top two," Posey said. "Actually the are tied with Clemson for my No. 1 spot."

Posey likes the thought of playing at a school out of his home state.

This way I'm far enough from home, but close enough I can visit whenever I want," Posey noted. "If I go to Tennessee I will get to play Georgia every year."

Is a decision close for Posey?

"I will make my decision public on May 4th," Posey said. "I told Coach Dooley if I decide for sure before then I will call and let the coaches know, but won't make it public to that day."

Posey attended UT's Junior Day in February and already knew a lot about the campus, but learned a lot more after this weeks trip.

"One of the most impressive things that happen on my visit was the chance to meet Pat Summitt," Posey said. "She is a great person and really loves the University of Tennessee. She is a living legend."

Posey got a chance to sit in some of the offensive line meetings and got to know the coaching staff at UT a lot better.

"Coach (Chuck) Smith is awesome," Posey said. "He is my recruiter and we have built a great relationship already. I really like Coach (Harry) Heistand and Coach Dooley is cool to talk with."


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