Pair anxious to arrive

New Volunteer offensive lineman Marques Pair is anxiously awaiting his arrival to Rocky Top. Go "Inside" to read about one of the newest Volunteers. Find out when he is scheduled to be in Knoxville and his goals for fall camp.

Marques Pair is on track to become one of the newest Tennessee Volunteers football players.

Pair isn't sure if he can make an immediate impact on what is a young and inexperienced Tennessee offensive line, but once he gets to know the system he will be confident from there.

"I'm not sure if I can make an instant impact, but once I get the hang of everything I know it will be smooth sailings from there," said Pair.

Pair's main goals for the fall are learning the offense, as well getting to know his new teammates.

"Right now, my goals for fall camp is to just get used to the offense and players so they can trust me," said Pair.

Pair is excited about the opportunity to not only play football for the University of Tennessee, but also to receive a top-notch education and meet new people.

"I'm looking forward to a great opportunity and great education, as well as meet new people from different backgrounds," said Pair.

Pair will be arrive June 1 to begin summer classes. The South Carolina native plans to major in business management at Tennessee.

Pair says he is currently 6'6" and weighs 285 pounds. The young man has been hard at work to stay in shape since the end of his high school football career.

"I have been working out at the gym and have been running to keep my condition up," said Pair. "I know it really wouldn't do much but it's a start so I won't be so behind."

Pair originally committed to previous Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin and stood by his commitment after the hiring of Derek Dooley.

Pair was rated a three-star prospect and the No. 80 offensive tackle prospect in the country by Scout.com. He also helped lead Sumter High School to a state runner-up finish in 2008.


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