New Tennessee Head Football Coach Derek Dooley hasn't been shy about admitting that it will take his staff some time to catch up in recruiting, even saying it could be this time next year before the groundwork and foundations for relationships are built.
It appears that they are already working on that issue.
One 2012 offensive lineman is getting to know the new Vol coaching staff very well.
D.J. Humphries, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound rising junior from Mallard Creek High School in North Carolina attended camp at Tennessee last weekend. The family stayed in the area on vacation and made another stop by Rocky Top this past Friday morning.
"We gave it some time from the camp until we returned," Humphries told InsideTennessee.com. "They were very excited about seeing us again. They spent a lot of time with us."
The talented upcoming junior already has over 16 offers, including one from the Vols. According to Humphries, the Volunteers helped their cause with him the past week.
"Oh most definitely, they have moved up in my book," Humphries said. "Right now I'm staying wide open; there aren't any schools I like more than the others. Tennessee is making a big push towards the top."
Humphries got a chance to see how it would be to be coached by the new Tennessee staff.
"I like the way they teach and give instructions," Humphries said. "I love how this coaching staff interacts with the players. Coach Hiestand is great; he is one of the better offensive linemen I have been around."
There is one other thing that stood out about his two visits.
"The people in Knoxville," Humphries said. "How nice everyone is and how much they love UT football. It's amazing."