A crazy 10 days for Darin Gooch

Ten days can make a difference in a young man's life. If you don't believe it, ask new Tennessee Volunteer offensive lineman Darin Gooch. The last two weeks have recorded a lot of changes to his life, including moving across the country. Go "Inside" to learn a little more about the newest Volunteer.

Ten days can make a difference in a young man's life.

If you don't believe it, ask new Tennessee Volunteer offensive lineman Darin Gooch.

A week ago this past Monday he received a call that the Tennessee coaches wanted him to take an official visit to Rocky Top, and they gave him less than a 24-hour notice before he would arrive in Knoxville.

"The trip was incredible, I was there less than 20 hours," Gooch told InsideTennessee.com this past Sunday. "I loved it there. It really seems like the right place for me."

Less than 10 days later, Gooch finds himself moving to Knoxville, arriving Wednesday to begin the next part of his life.

"Tennessee started recruiting me about two weeks ago," Gooch said. "They wanted to meet me in person, see what type of person I was. Apparently, they liked me a lot."

What stood out for Gooch about Tennessee?

"I really liked their facilities a lot," Gooch said. "They have a first-rate engineering school, which I also liked a lot."

Gooch was also impressed with Derek Dooley and the UT coaching staff.

"I got along with Coach Harry Hiestand really well," Gooch said. "I can't wait to be coached by him. I really liked Coach Dooley a lot, also."

Gooch found out Sunday he was the UT coaches' choice, and scheduled an airplane trip for this past Tuesday with an arrival in Knoxville on Wednesday.

"My goal is to come in and earn a starting position," Gooch said. "I want to play and contribute this fall, that's just the type of person I am. I know it's going to take a lot of hard work, but that's what I'm all about. I have to get it done."

Gooch will have four years to play three years for the Vols.


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