Physical running back loves physical Vols

Tennessee's fourth spring football practice of the year had several unofficial visitors on camps Saturday. One of those was the Vol's commitment Imani Cross. Go "Inside" to get find out Cross' thoughts on his new team.

Derek Dooley's has been saying his football team has to be more physical. He has said it on several occasions during the Vols first four spring practices.

It appears that the Vols are becoming a more physical type team.

Tennessee's lone commitment for the Class of 2012 Imani Cross got the opportunity to take in a UT spring practice here Saturday, and came away more impressed and more committed to Tennessee in the process.

"I love how up tempo and how physical their practices are," Cross told InsideTennessee.com Saturday afternoon. "You can really tell that the coaching staff is stressing how physical this team plays. It's very impressive, I like that type of play."

Cross, a big physical back in his own right, admitted that he is more committed than ever to the Volunteers.

"I love how the coaches may you feel like your already a part of their family," Cross said. "I got a chance to visit with all the coaches, they all took time out of their busy schedule to talk to me and see how I was doing."

The standout running back also got a chance to visit with a few of his future teammates.

"I chatted with Tyler Bray, Tauren Poole, and Rajion Neal," Cross said. "They are all a great group of guys."? Cross is hoping Saturday's visit won't be his last during Tennessee's spring camp.

"I have to take the SAT the weekend of the Vol's Spring game," Cross said. "I will try to make it back for another practice or two."

Cross, who committed to the Vols after Tennessee's first junior day, is solid on his commitment.

"Very much so," Cross said. "The more I learn about this team and more I get to know the coaching staff I know I have made the right decision. I can't wait to get up here and begin my college career."

Cross, 6-2, 225-pounds, squats 500, and power cleans 320 pounds and benches 360. He has 4.5 speed in the 40.

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