Alan Posey update

He grew up within jogging distance of the University of Georgia campus but he's All Vol now.

Tennessee football commitment Alan Posey, a rugged offensive tackle from Clarke Central High of Athens, Ga., was never offered a scholarship by the hometown Bulldogs. If he feels insulted, he masks it beautifully.

When asked about the interest he got from UGA head man Mark Richt, the player replied: "I didn't get any. But that's fine with me. I couldn't be happier with the choice I made."

Before going public with his commitment to the Vols, Posey sought the advice of his half-brother, Mike Iltis, who plays center and guard for the University of Colorado football team.

"My brother told me to consider one thing before I made the decision: Is there any other school where you'd rather be?" Posey recalled. "The answer was no. Even if Georgia would've come on to me it was too late. Tennessee was where I wanted to be."

Posey went public for the Vols on May 4, joining two Clarke Central High School alumni - head man Derek Dooley and defensive line coach Chuck Smith - on the Big Orange bandwagon.

"First off, there was a comfort level with Coach Dooley and Coach Smith," Posey said. "They come from my hometown."

The fact Dooley has yet to coach his first game with the Vols was never a concern.

"Coach Dooley is a great man who has put together a great staff," Posey said. "He's had success everywhere he's been, so I don't need to see what he'll do at Tennessee. We'll win games. It may take a little time but we'll get there."

Posey is accustomed to winning. He says he recorded around 80 pancake blocks and graded out "in the 80s" as a blocker in helping Clarke Central to a 12-3 record and runnerup finish in the state playoffs last fall.

"I'm real physical, a little nasty," he said. "I play with a lot of controlled aggression. My personal goal every game is to dominate the person in front of me every snap. That's one of our goals as a team - to dominate the opponent in every aspect of the game."

Determined to put together another great season in 2010, Posey has been working very hard this summer.

"I've been lifting weights, conditioning, trying to get in good shape for the upcoming season," he said. "I'm also working on technique, footwork, flexibility ... all the things an offensive lineman needs."

Posey took a break long enough to visit Hawaii with his mother and brothers. He was so surprised by the length of the trip that he telephoned Derek Dooley.

"I called him from Hawaii and asked how they did this road trip when he was at Louisiana Tech," Posey recalled. "That must've been quite a trip."

Even after visiting the Tropical Paradise, the prospect says "the most interesting thing I did this summer" was visit his half-brother in Boulder, Colo.

Summer vacation ends today for Posey, who starts preseason football camp this evening, then begins classes next week. He realizes his life is about to change dramatically.

"I've been hanging out, trying to get in as much rest as possible before we hit the grind of football," he said. "This is the last free summer of my life, really, so I'm just trying to enjoy the simple things. Once you start playing college football, it's a full-time job."

It's a full-time job he's eager to undertake, though. He considered graduating from high school in December and enrolling at UT in January, so he could participate in spring practice prior to his freshman year.

"That was the plan at first," he said, "but I talked with the coaches about it and decided not to. I'm just going to enjoy my last year of high school, then come in in June."

Although he won't enroll on The Hill until the summer of 2011, Posey already is showcasing his allegiance around Athens.

"The other day I went in a pharmacy wearing my Tennessee shirt," he recalled. "The guy behind the counter looked at it and said, 'Tennessee ... Coach Dooley, huh? I used to baby-sit him.' And my dentist told me he attended high school with Coach Dooley and said to say hello.

"The Dooley name still means a lot around Athens. Come October (when Tennessee faces Georgia at Sanford Stadium) I don't know how much of a homecoming it's going to be for him, though. When we beat Georgia this year I don't think he'll be too popular around here anymore."

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