Commitment Saulsberry now open minded about Tennessee

Trevarris Saulsberry didn’t expect Tennessee to be his future home two weeks ago.

The 6-foot-4, 268-pound defensive lineman from Gainesville (Fla.) High School participated in UT’s summer camp on July 20.

Saulsberry’s performance in the camp earned him a scholarship offer from UT.

He gave the Vols his commitment on Sunday.

Saulsberry didn’t believe that was possible before he saw UT’s campus.

“When I went up there I was close-minded,” he said. “I thought, ‘Why are we coming up there? It’s a waste of my time.’

“After I visited everything changed. The coaches really made me want to commit there.”

That includes UT defensive line coach Chuck Smith.

Saulsberry said he trusts Smith because of his success as a standout defensive end at UT and in the NFL.

“I know he knows what he’s talking about,” Saulsberry said. “He’s not just saying things. He’s been there and done what we’re doing to get to where he is now.”

Saulsberry, who’s UT’s 11th commitment for 2011, chose the Vols over offers from South Florida and Oregon.

He also received offers from schools such as Michigan State, Syracuse and Central Florida.

One school to not offer was the hometown Florida Gators.

Saulsberry said he’ll consider Florida’s lack of interest when he plays against the Gators.

“There’s a lot of motivation to come and play a team that was recruiting me but didn’t make an offer,” he said. “I can show them they should have made me the offer.”

Florida could still offer Saulsberry, but that’s not likely to change his recruitment.

“It wouldn’t affect me at all,” he said. “I’m ready to come up to Knoxville.”

UT is ready to receive help on its defensive line.

Saulsberry the Vols’ need for defensive line help was a factor in his decision.

“I want to go to a school where I can start or get playing time my freshman year,” Saulsberry said. “When they said that, I said, ‘Why not?’”

UT is looking to build depth at defensive tackle and end.

Saulsberry said he could have an opportunity to play either position, according to Smith.

“I play inside and out now,” Saulsberry said. “I’ll be used to it.”

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DaddyVol writes:

He will be a great player.

Congratulations young man!

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

You want to start as a freshmen D-linemen in the SEC???

That 268-pounds better have a fully-sculpted body in it, with a fast 40-shuttle AND the mind better be able to grasp offensive schemes. yep, offensive. If you can't read the offense's keys, you'll get hammered.

One other factor: the offensive linemen you'll face?? No bull-rushing those guys. You're talking about guys who with 310 pounds and can MOVE....and they are mean.

But, hey, let old Chuck work with you, and get the strength training, and by your sophomore year you year you can legitimately kick some butt.

UT4ever writes:

That's what I'm talking about!! Gimme some cransberries and gravy to go with that! HOHOHOOOHOOOO!!!

HtownVol writes:

It sure is nice to get a commit from Gainsville. Especially one that Chuck Smith thinks can be a good D-Lineman.

nocleats writes:

Thats one from Athens, one from Gainesville, lets get the lineman from Nashville

manoffewwords writes:

When Chuck Smith, CER want this young man, so should all true vols.

12Hours writes:

For the troll from FL who posted on the other story about Saulsberry.
You acted like we got him because FL wasn't interested. Not true. FL was recruiting him, but he told several folks he really isn't an Urban fan. In spite of that, FL may have ultimately offered (and still might). But, TN got lucky in that he came to our camp and impressed coaches, got offered, loved our coaches, and accepted.
So don't act like we are only getting your leftovers. Our coaches actually out classed yours as far as this young man was concerned.
(that's not to say others might prefer FL and Urban to TN and Dooley--I'm just commenting on this kid and your negative comments about him)

Stepchild_nFL writes:

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He's got attitude and character. What ever that means. He should be a good Vol.

Stepchild_nFL writes:

Regarding the star debate. According to Rivals there are 11 5* and 250+ 4* players. 2010 we got 11 4* players. If each top 25 team gets an average of 10 4* players there are none left. We may not get a * class this year but it will be good. They will be characters. Let it be.

gatorhator4eva writes:

Great Pickup, even better decision by this young man. I am a vol fan all the way, but now live in florida and never miss a tennessee florida game in person. Good to see some talent from florida headin to Knoxville. This kid wont be disappointed. Good decision.

196SVol writes:

in response to 12Hours:

For the troll from FL who posted on the other story about Saulsberry.
You acted like we got him because FL wasn't interested. Not true. FL was recruiting him, but he told several folks he really isn't an Urban fan. In spite of that, FL may have ultimately offered (and still might). But, TN got lucky in that he came to our camp and impressed coaches, got offered, loved our coaches, and accepted.
So don't act like we are only getting your leftovers. Our coaches actually out classed yours as far as this young man was concerned.
(that's not to say others might prefer FL and Urban to TN and Dooley--I'm just commenting on this kid and your negative comments about him)

This is the only Florida article I can find on this kid and it doesn't mention his dislike of Urban Meyer. Can you send us your source? Thanks

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20...

99gator writes:

in response to 12Hours:

For the troll from FL who posted on the other story about Saulsberry.
You acted like we got him because FL wasn't interested. Not true. FL was recruiting him, but he told several folks he really isn't an Urban fan. In spite of that, FL may have ultimately offered (and still might). But, TN got lucky in that he came to our camp and impressed coaches, got offered, loved our coaches, and accepted.
So don't act like we are only getting your leftovers. Our coaches actually out classed yours as far as this young man was concerned.
(that's not to say others might prefer FL and Urban to TN and Dooley--I'm just commenting on this kid and your negative comments about him)

if a player from florida signs anywhere else but florida, someone stole him from urban. that's just how it is at this point.

it doesn't matter if he was never offered.

it doesn't matter if florida goes out and signs other players at the same position who are rated higher.

it doesn't matter if the kid isn't invited to florida's friday night lights.

it doesn't matter that florida state and miami didn't offer him either.

i've got to go. i'm getting a phone call.

it's jose jose.

99gator writes:

just for the record (with regard to my previous post).....

it is possible for a school to sign a player from the state of florida that florida doesn't want......

and.....

have that recruit be a solid, if not great prospect.

the state of florida produces quite a few players. urban doesn't want them all.

ViperOrange writes:

I just noticed that yesterday scout had him graded at a 45, but I just looked at him again and they have him graded at 77. Say what you may about this kid, but I beleive he will be a four star come signing day considering he has a good senior year.

gatorhator4eva writes:

in response to 99gator:

just for the record (with regard to my previous post).....

it is possible for a school to sign a player from the state of florida that florida doesn't want......

and.....

have that recruit be a solid, if not great prospect.

the state of florida produces quite a few players. urban doesn't want them all.

you need to stop acting like you know college football because your postings show your knowledge. first off, most people don't like your coach because he is a big child. cries like a baby when he loses. just like teblow. second of all, just because you like florida doesn't mean everyone else does and thirdly this is a vol site u moron. why don't you go to your own gator fan site and discuss your dislike of this young man's decision. fourthly the gators only lead the series by one game and tennessee in the beginning stomped florida over and over again. this year may be your year. your year that tennessee shows u whos boss, then we can watch your coach urban cryer do what he does best.

99gator writes:

in response to gatorhator4eva:

you need to stop acting like you know college football because your postings show your knowledge. first off, most people don't like your coach because he is a big child. cries like a baby when he loses. just like teblow. second of all, just because you like florida doesn't mean everyone else does and thirdly this is a vol site u moron. why don't you go to your own gator fan site and discuss your dislike of this young man's decision. fourthly the gators only lead the series by one game and tennessee in the beginning stomped florida over and over again. this year may be your year. your year that tennessee shows u whos boss, then we can watch your coach urban cryer do what he does best.

Stepchild_nFL writes:

in response to 99gator:

just for the record (with regard to my previous post).....

it is possible for a school to sign a player from the state of florida that florida doesn't want......

and.....

have that recruit be a solid, if not great prospect.

the state of florida produces quite a few players. urban doesn't want them all.

May be true but we like him.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to ViperOrange:

I just noticed that yesterday scout had him graded at a 45, but I just looked at him again and they have him graded at 77. Say what you may about this kid, but I beleive he will be a four star come signing day considering he has a good senior year.

thats cause scout was getting so many hits by vol fans they had to upgrade and make an actual true evaluation

PoochPuntOn3rdDown writes:

It's easy to sit in the bully pulpit when you have anonymity and "your" team is good. Whether a poster from another school posts relevantly or not, they are still a troll.

We have 3-4 players rated at 5.7 by Scout. This is so close to being 4*. Any or all of them could easily be 4* very soon. This class is far from done. Da'Rick wasn't even on the radar in August of last year...

springtx_vol writes:

in response to 99gator:

just for the record (with regard to my previous post).....

it is possible for a school to sign a player from the state of florida that florida doesn't want......

and.....

have that recruit be a solid, if not great prospect.

the state of florida produces quite a few players. urban doesn't want them all.

Living in Gainesville (FL just so there is no confusion), the locals are up in arms that UF does not recruit the local HS athletes. The ones that I know about (and not being a Gator fan, I don't keep up with everyone):

C.J. Spiller (Lake City, 30 miles away)
Clinton Portis (GHS)
Tyler Holt (Baseball - FSU)

To be fair, UT has the same problem (see Randall Cobb). Sometimes I wonder if the coaches aren't being too careful and don't want to take a local kid just because he is local and not the top of the line talent. The Gators did sign a local basketball guard out of GHS (Greene) that did not work out very well.

Other than Doug Johnson, I can't remember a real star coming out of Gainesville or the surrounding communities that was a true star for Florida. Buchholz HS had two or three straight QB's that played D1 football, but only Johnson played at UF.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

I think one reason we are getting these border line 4* kids is the coaching staff and playing time..UT is offering these big time recruits just like the rest of the SEC but realize pushing for guys like saulsberry will fill an immediate need; They see he has the tools and skills to eventually be productive..And Saulsberry sees an opportunity to get early playing time rather than sit on the bench at a Fla or Bamma for at least 2 years..This simple formula will set a good foundation this year and after Dooley gets more SEC creds the players will take notice..Keep in mind Saban came in as a former NFL coach and Derek came from La Tech.

VolFanNC writes:

Interesting, he came to camp, CS thought he could be a solid d-lineman. CS should have asked how many stars does he have from rivals and scout first. I mean I can't believe CS and Dooley offerred based upon his ability that they witnessed in person. crazy that they didn't wait on Rivals to evaluate him first and give him 4*...

UF may offer or they may not, I don't really care. The only thing I am hoping is that he is a solid DT for us in the years to come.

bUTchVFL writes:

in response to MYFAVORITECOLOR:

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Antonio Richardson from Ensworth.

VOLSGURLINCHARLOTTE writes:

in response to ztopia:

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Hey stupid, I think Fulmer was with UT for 16 years and was the coach with the most tenure in the SEC. How many coaches did Florida go through and by the way, how did that Zook thing work out for you? Yes, Kiffin turned out to be a bad hire and something that is regretted by the entire Vol nation. Have a feeling that Dooley will be around for quite some time because he has SEC roots and wants to build UT back to dominance. GO BIG ORANGE!!

99gator writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

Living in Gainesville (FL just so there is no confusion), the locals are up in arms that UF does not recruit the local HS athletes. The ones that I know about (and not being a Gator fan, I don't keep up with everyone):

C.J. Spiller (Lake City, 30 miles away)
Clinton Portis (GHS)
Tyler Holt (Baseball - FSU)

To be fair, UT has the same problem (see Randall Cobb). Sometimes I wonder if the coaches aren't being too careful and don't want to take a local kid just because he is local and not the top of the line talent. The Gators did sign a local basketball guard out of GHS (Greene) that did not work out very well.

Other than Doug Johnson, I can't remember a real star coming out of Gainesville or the surrounding communities that was a true star for Florida. Buchholz HS had two or three straight QB's that played D1 football, but only Johnson played at UF.

spiller they wanted very badly (can you imagine harvin and spiller on the same team?), they just lost out to clemson.

portis, if i recall correctly, was recruited by florida to play defensive back. he may have wanted to go to miami if florida recruited him as a tailback. if i do remember properly, then portis made the right decision as he went to miami, won a national title, and made millions playing running back, not defensive back.

i can't speak about tyler holt. florida state has traditionally been a stronger baseball program than florida. they lost andrew miller (baseball pitcher now in the bigs) to north carolina as well. i think the name is andrew miller.

cornelius ingram was from hawthorne, so that's a local product. by and large, gainesville doesn't produce large numbers of quality prospects.

99gator writes:

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some of these posts are outstanding.

why would you have shot your dog?

if what drives you to kill innocent animals is a head coach or player having a not so stellar moment and you are a tennessee fan, then after your last head coach there shouldn't be an animal on four legs alive in the state of tennessee.

mercuryvol writes:

in response to ztopia:

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5 coaches in 40 years=8yrs. per coach.Obviously, your youth is in play here.

Ayres_Hall writes:

in response to ViperOrange:

I just noticed that yesterday scout had him graded at a 45, but I just looked at him again and they have him graded at 77. Say what you may about this kid, but I beleive he will be a four star come signing day considering he has a good senior year.

This is how it works at Rivals and Scout. They don't/can't evaluate talent so they rely on some information they get from coaches but mostly from the mouths of 17 year old boys.

LiveFaith writes:

When I saw the new headline, I thot he had already backed of his verbal and gone to just "open minded".

NorthwestVol writes:

in response to triumphtheinsultcomicdog:

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Nice reasonable comment. Careful or you might lose your 'troll' status.

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

in response to 99gator:

if a player from florida signs anywhere else but florida, someone stole him from urban. that's just how it is at this point.

it doesn't matter if he was never offered.

it doesn't matter if florida goes out and signs other players at the same position who are rated higher.

it doesn't matter if the kid isn't invited to florida's friday night lights.

it doesn't matter that florida state and miami didn't offer him either.

i've got to go. i'm getting a phone call.

it's jose jose.

great post as always, 99. Sounds like yoiu are healthy and happy.

99gator writes:

in response to FormerMarine:

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wow.

proof that people can take a dig at one another and still be civil.

is this really an internet site?

tennessee will be back, but i wouldn't guess how long it will take. hopefully, this kid helps. more importantly, hopefully dooley was the right hire.

abnermc writes:

Fla need not worry abt recruits. They have the inside track w/ so many quality players they can really just pick & choose.Top rated class year after year. The real question is coaching. How can you have the beatdown they took from Ala. when you have w/o question the best & most talent? For the last 3 years Fla should have been undefeated!

murrayvol writes:

in response to 99gator:

some of these posts are outstanding.

why would you have shot your dog?

if what drives you to kill innocent animals is a head coach or player having a not so stellar moment and you are a tennessee fan, then after your last head coach there shouldn't be an animal on four legs alive in the state of tennessee.

Touche'. :{)

I believe I'd close on that note 99.

196SVol writes:

in response to ztopia:

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Excellent point..now THAT was a BEATDOWN!

UTByrd writes:

I've read that there are 2 other top notch DL in Gainsville (ranked higher than Saulsbury) and they committed to Miami. With Miami on the upswing, as well as Jimbo Fisher at FSU, recruiting at UF is getting harder and harder. South and Central Florida are also cutting in on the talented recruits in Florida.
If UF has a less than stellar season and possibly some thuggery, recruiting will be even harder. Only time will tell.
On the UT front, how many potential recruits visited UT with closed minds and came away with wide open eyes and minds. This is due directly to the atmosphere that CDD and staff have already created at UT. I truly like waht CDD is building at UT.
Go VOLS!!!!!

skyhawk836 writes:

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So right.
Tennessee is not going to offer a bad football player.
Some signee's won't become great players but the due diligence that goes into the offer will always get done.

RaineyVol writes:

All we need now is one more player... and thats Chuck Norris!

britt writes:

in response to bUTchVFL:

Antonio Richardson from Ensworth.

Kerybson would be nice too

britt writes:

in response to FormerMarine:

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aim for the cats. the dogs might be kin to smokey

196SVol writes:

in response to UTByrd:

I've read that there are 2 other top notch DL in Gainsville (ranked higher than Saulsbury) and they committed to Miami. With Miami on the upswing, as well as Jimbo Fisher at FSU, recruiting at UF is getting harder and harder. South and Central Florida are also cutting in on the talented recruits in Florida.
If UF has a less than stellar season and possibly some thuggery, recruiting will be even harder. Only time will tell.
On the UT front, how many potential recruits visited UT with closed minds and came away with wide open eyes and minds. This is due directly to the atmosphere that CDD and staff have already created at UT. I truly like waht CDD is building at UT.
Go VOLS!!!!!

You should try to stay current. These two prospects have been at Miami for over a year.

VolinCalif writes:

99 you are normally a OK guy. But for the last few weeks you appear to have Trollitis. What is up? Are you worried about Fl this year? We all know how last year played out but Fl has the Talent to revenge themselves.But it appears you are worried about the Coaching staff being able to coach them up.Don't really like to hear you spout nothing but Neg. comments, just not like you.

99gator writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

99 you are normally a OK guy. But for the last few weeks you appear to have Trollitis. What is up? Are you worried about Fl this year? We all know how last year played out but Fl has the Talent to revenge themselves.But it appears you are worried about the Coaching staff being able to coach them up.Don't really like to hear you spout nothing but Neg. comments, just not like you.

i've wandered onto volnation as well.

a poster there, someone named hatvol, has probably had some level of subconscious influence.

i have said nothing negative about this kid. all i said was that florida was not after him. for all i know, tennessee has the next warren sapp on his hands and i'll wonder why the hell we were never after him.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

in response to 99gator:

if a player from florida signs anywhere else but florida, someone stole him from urban. that's just how it is at this point.

it doesn't matter if he was never offered.

it doesn't matter if florida goes out and signs other players at the same position who are rated higher.

it doesn't matter if the kid isn't invited to florida's friday night lights.

it doesn't matter that florida state and miami didn't offer him either.

i've got to go. i'm getting a phone call.

it's jose jose.

wow. You guys really believe that, huh?

Step back and re-read what you typed here and try to see it from the perspective of another fan.

See how dumb it looks and no wonder people are hoping for an Urban hospital relapse not because we hate the guy, but because of gators who throw pee on fans in Benny-Hill Andy-Griffith Stadium like you.....

UTByrd writes:

in response to 196SVol:

You should try to stay current. These two prospects have been at Miami for over a year.

Excuse me, but the point of my post was that it is going to be much harder for UF to recruit in state talent.
Another point was about the atmospere CDD has created at UT in such a short time.
Bottom line: Recruiting, as well as success on the field, are cyclical. This is due to the fickle nature of mankind, especially the young.
Go VOLS!!!!!

scvols writes:

Just so you know, we are still in the hunt of about 10 five stars and 40 four stars. Only FL and AL have more, good things are coming.

TnScooby writes:

in response to scvols:

Just so you know, we are still in the hunt of about 10 five stars and 40 four stars. Only FL and AL have more, good things are coming.

For an even better outlook, Scout.com has the Vols listed for 17 5*'s and 46 4*'s on the prospect list...getting just a few of these would be tremendous...

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to UTByrd:

I've read that there are 2 other top notch DL in Gainsville (ranked higher than Saulsbury) and they committed to Miami. With Miami on the upswing, as well as Jimbo Fisher at FSU, recruiting at UF is getting harder and harder. South and Central Florida are also cutting in on the talented recruits in Florida.
If UF has a less than stellar season and possibly some thuggery, recruiting will be even harder. Only time will tell.
On the UT front, how many potential recruits visited UT with closed minds and came away with wide open eyes and minds. This is due directly to the atmosphere that CDD and staff have already created at UT. I truly like waht CDD is building at UT.
Go VOLS!!!!!

USF and UCF are a non factor headed back to the cellar..Miami doing much better but Fischer is putting a hurting on a lot of people;Back to back top#5 classes..2011-2012 FSU wins the ACC in a cake walk..Iam not so sure Jimbo is that great of a coach;I think he's pretty much run them the last 2 years;Canning Andrews in favor of Stoops; along with the better players puts them back in the running.Make no mistake there is a new excitement at FSU due to the younger recruits who did not want to play for Bowden and Andrews;That's not a knock against 2 legendary coaches just the facts!!

easleychuck writes:

in response to Stepchild_nFL:

Regarding the star debate. According to Rivals there are 11 5* and 250+ 4* players. 2010 we got 11 4* players. If each top 25 team gets an average of 10 4* players there are none left. We may not get a * class this year but it will be good. They will be characters. Let it be.

How can Rivals star rating system be credible if this kid has 0 stars. He plays for a high caliber program in Florida that went 10-2. The program turns out D1 players. This kid made 2nd team all-state last year. His studies appear to be in order. Multiple programs are recruiting him.

And he has 0 stars on Rivals. Seems to make the rating thing a tad fuzzy.

easleychuck writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

USF and UCF are a non factor headed back to the cellar..Miami doing much better but Fischer is putting a hurting on a lot of people;Back to back top#5 classes..2011-2012 FSU wins the ACC in a cake walk..Iam not so sure Jimbo is that great of a coach;I think he's pretty much run them the last 2 years;Canning Andrews in favor of Stoops; along with the better players puts them back in the running.Make no mistake there is a new excitement at FSU due to the younger recruits who did not want to play for Bowden and Andrews;That's not a knock against 2 legendary coaches just the facts!!

Do USF and UCF know that there are cellar dwellers?

How about N.Carolina and GaTech, do they know that they should just cancel their seasons and let FSU have the trophy.

Being a FSU homer is no way to go through life, son.

By the way, it is Fisher not Fischer.

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