Tennessee’s most recent commitment was like other people from Gainesville, Florida - he didn’t go into his visit to Knoxville with an open mind.
That apparently changed.
Gainesville High athlete Trevarris Saulsberry admitted Monday that he never pictured himself in the Orange and White of Tennessee until he took a visit to Knoxville and fell in love with Rocky Top.
Saulsberry decided Sunday night to make his intentions known - that he wanted to become a Tennessee Volunteer. He called his recruiter Eric Russell and informed him of the good news.
“I told Coach Russell last night I wanted to be a Volunteer,” Saulsberry told Scout.com Monday. “He was excited about the news but told me that I had to talk to Coach Dooley and that had to be Monday morning.”
Saulsberry called Coach Russell back on Monday morning around 10 a.m., and this time he got the chance to talk personally to Derek Dooley.
“Coach Russell handed the phone to Coach Dooley, we spoke for a while and then I told him I wanted to be a Vol,” Saulsberry said. “He then told me he was ready for me to get up to Tennessee and become a part of the UT family.”
Saulsberry said it was the new Tennessee coaching staff that changed his previous thoughts of the UT football program.
“I went into my visit with a closed mind,” Saulsberry said with a laugh. “I thought to myself there is no way I’m going to like it up there. I grew up in Gainesville. I loved the campus, I loved the coaching staff and just fell in love with Rocky Top.”
According to Saulsberry, the Tennessee coaches plan on using him in several different positions at the next level.
“I love the defense they play,” Saulsberry said. “They are telling me that they will play me all over on the defensive front. That excites me.”
Scout.com's Chad Simmons contributed to this report.