Tennessee football fans have been needing a dose of good news in regards to their football program this spring.
That news may have arrived.
InsideTennessee.com learned Monday afternoon in an interview with Irving Nimitz Head Coach Steven Hohenberger that Texas standout safety Eddrick Loften appears to be on his way to qualifying academically and is expected to play this fall for the Vols.
"From my conversations I have had with him in the last week, everything indicates that he has done everything necessary, including receiving a qualifying test score," Coach Hohenberger confirmed. "I truly believe he will be at the University of Tennessee playing football this fall."
We got a chance to talk to the veteran head coach about what type player the Vols will be getting in the Texas defensive back.
"He is a big time difference maker," Hohenberger said. "I expect him to be an All-SEC performer within two years. He his that good."
According to the coach, Loften still needs to finish up the rest of his course work, but is well on his way to doing so.
"I would much rather say he is going to make it than say he isn't," Hohenberger stated. "He has worked tremendously hard in the classroom. I'm glad its paying off for him."
What makes Loften such a great performer on the defensive side of the ball?
"He has great football intelligence," Hohenberger said. "He has the stuff you can't teach, he has great instincts."
Loften is a 6-foot, 200-pound athlete, who runs a 4.4 40.
The fact that Tennessee was losing two defensive backs to the NFL draft was another deciding factor for the Texas athlete..
"I know I can come in and play early," Loften said. "I know how great Eric Berry did there and I want to have the same type of success."