Getting that first offer is always a relief.
For one Tennessee High School prospect it was like a dream coming true for his first offer to be from the biggest school in his home state.
InsideTennessee.com confirmed the offer with Sigel High School's Jaiari Dunaway who is indeed happy about receiving his first official invite from the Volunteers.
"I'm very happy," Dunaway said Tuesday night. "Now I have to stay focused and get my grades right."
According to the standout linebacker, his offer is contingent on him qualifying academically, something that the Siegel product doesn't rule out.
"My grades aren't that bad," Dunaway noted. "I have some work to do both in my course work and getting the right test score. It's definitely doable."
In fact, Dunaway is very thankful for the offer, because it has already given him a lot of motivation to accomplish his goals of playing DI football.
"A lot of schools are waiting to see if I make my score before offering," Dunaway said. "Tennessee stepped out front as one of my favorites because they are getting out front of those other schools by offering first. They believe in me already."
Staying focused and working hard is what Dunaway plans on doing throughout the summer and fall.
"Working out and working on my classes," Dunaway said. "That's all I'm going to be doing this summer. I have something to work for, something to look forward to."
Could Dunaway commit early to the Vols?
"Right now I'm not sure when I will commit," Dunaway said. "For now I'm just focused on working hard, everything else will work out."
It appears that the Vols' coaching staff likes Dunaway's athleticism and physical strength.
"He told my coach they really like my size," Dunaway said. "They are telling me to stay focused and work hard and good things will come."
THE INSIDE TAKE ON DUNAWAY A very intimidating, physical-looking linebacker, perhaps one of the better physical specimens at the Tuscaloosa event this spring.
Played with good fundamentals and showed good speed, and the ability to cover in space. If the pads had been on, several backs probably would have had second thoughts about going over the middle in Dunaway's area.
If Dunaway's grades are in line, look for his offer sheet to explode after the summer.