For one future Vol, the Alabama native is taking all of that in stride, even though he is getting a little ribbing from some of his Yellowhammer state buddies.
Hoover, Alabama's, John Propst arrived at Rocky Top on Saturday morning excited about his first game-type situation experience in Knoxville.
"It's great," Propst told InsideTennessee.com in an exclusive interview Saturday morning. "Tennessee has so much tradition, it's a lot closer to come than West Virginia. I'm very happy with my decision."
That decision didn't occur until late January after the arrival of Derek Dooley and a new coaching staff.
"I really like Coach Dooley a lot," Propst said. "I think he is going to do great things here at Tennessee."
Linebacker coach Lance Thompson had Propst on his radar, but it wasn't until the new coaching staff arrived that the official offer came.
"I really fit in better at Tennessee than I do at a lot of places, it felt like home," Propst said. "My friends from Alabama are telling me that they will root for me but not the Orange and White.
Another factor in Propst's decision was the fact that there was an opportunity to make an immediate impact somewhere on the football field at the University of Tennessee.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to come in and compete right away for playing time," Propst said. "I'm going to work as hard as I can to find a place on the field somewhere. Whether it's at linebacker or on special teams, I just want to contribute to the success of this team."
The talented middle linebacker plans on enrolling at UT on June 1, giving him the summer to prepare for the Vols fall camp.
"I have never been to a game here at Knoxville," Propst said. "Today is the nearest thing to that. To see all the fans coming out today is incredible."
Propst can't wait for the fall to arrive.
"It will be awesome to run through the T, it's indescribable," Propst said. "To see 100,000 fans rooting for me and this team."
Propst is getting prepared for the change from high school to college.
"I'm benching around 325-330 right now," Propst said. "I'm working hard to gain some weight, to get a little faster."