It appears that Derek Dooley will spend more time recruiting in his home state of Tennessee than his predecessor did.
Does improved recruiting in the Volunteer State also mean better recruiting in UT's own back yard of Knoxville?
One Knoxville Catholic athlete Kyler Kerbyson has grown up in Knox County, knowing what it means to cheer for the Orange and White.
"I have grown up here," Kerbyson told InsideTennessee.com Tuesday. "Tennessee is high on my list; I have always been a UT fan."
Kerbyson, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound athlete who runs a 5.2 forty, earned all District honors as a junior this past fall.
The talented offensive lineman has also been impressed with the new coaching change in his hometown.
"I think Coach Dooley will be good for the program," Kerbyson said. "The way the other coach left and left everyone upset. Coach Dooley seems to be very genuine and seems to want to be here."
Kerbyson feels that his strengths as an offensive lineman consist of his good footwork and his quick feet.
Kerbyson picked up his official offer on Tuesday when he received one from the Vanderbilt Commodores.
The local prospect plans on taking a visit to Clemson on the 20th of the month for the Tigers Junior Day.
Things that impress Kerbyson about Rocky Top include the great academic reputation at UT, and the game day atmosphere.
Kerbyson and his family went to at least three home games of the Volunteers this past season.