Kevin Revis, 6-4, 270 pounds from Evensville-Rhea County said of coach Fulmer's decision to not return in 2009, "I was obviously very sad because he is a great coach and he has done a great job. I was surprised, but I'm praying for him and I hope something good happens for him." He went on to talk about the surprise of the news, "You hear a lot of talk and everything living this close to Knoxville, but you do not pay attention to those things because you think it's a bunch of talk."
Revis commented that the Tennessee staff has made contact with his family to talk about the situation. He commented, "Coach Caldwell called my school today and my dad also talked to him today."
The decision for Fulmer to not come back for the 2009 season was rumored, but with the announcement several people asked what would happen to Tennessee's top twenty recruiting class. Revis has been keeping up with several commitments ever since he made his own decision to play for the Volunteers. He said of those commitments, "I've talked to some and almost everybody I've talked to is still pretty solid but there are a few people who will see who the new coach is before they know."
As for Revis and his decision he said, "I'm 100% solid." He went on to say, "The coach is a part of the decision, but Tennessee is where I want to be." He went on to say that there have not been any coaches from other staffs trying to pull him away from his commitment. He explained, "I have not had any coaches contact me as of right now."
Revis, a lifelong Tennessee Volunteer fan, has watched the 2008 season and sees the potential for the future. He explained, "There are a few little mistakes away and I really want to work as hard as I can to help us put together a good season."
The Eagles from Evensville-Rhea County (Tenn.) will take on the Dragons from Clinton (Tenn.) in their first round match up. Revis said of the match up, "I know they have some good skill position games and they are a really good team playing in that Knoxville region. I know we are going to come out and play hard and hopefully move on to the next round."
For the Eagles they have made some great strides over the past few years in the playoffs but like many teams they have had trouble in the third round, typically running into 4A perennial power Maryville (Tenn.). Revis said of his team's chances in the playoffs, "It's a tough game every round and we are going to have to take it team by team and round by round. We are going to have to take one game at a time."