Tennessee's newest commitment could be one of its most athletic.
"What really sets him apart is his speed," Eastern Arizona coach John O'Mera told The Orlando Sentinel last October when asked of linebacker Glenn Stanley. "He is 6-foot-2, 250, but he can run the 40 in 4.4. Not many people can do that. He just can get all over the field to make plays."
Stanley, who is from Eastern Arizona Junior College, committed to Tennessee late Sunday. He was one of nine official visitors to UT last weekend.
Stanley said he felt a tight-knit passion from newly hired UT head coach Derek Dooley and his assistants. It was one of those assistants, linebacker coach Lance Thompson, who recruited Stanley through a tumultuous coaching change.
"It's like everything is a family in Knoxville," Stanley said. "It was a real good atmosphere when I went there."
He suddenly becomes one of the most intriguing athletes on UT's commitment list.
Stanley likely would have been destined to play defensive end in a 4-3 alignment, but the Vols could convert to a 3-4 under Dooley.
In a 3-4, Stanley could easily be a pass-rushing outside linebacker.
"I'm thinking that's what it is," Stanley said of the 3-4. "I'm going to be blitzing off the edge a lot."
Stanley played at Trinity Catholic High School in Ocala, Fla., and committed to Central Florida on Oct. 22. He never enrolled at UCF because his primary recruiter, linebackers coach Geoff Collins, left UCF for Florida International.
"I only had talked to one coach at UCF and he left," Stanley said. "That pretty much left me stuck. That coach left and all my motivation left. I hadn't talked to anybody. It just goes like that sometimes."
Then Dooley and Thompson started calling.
"There's a passion about the program," Stanley said. "They're looking to do great things."
Stanley also considered Oklahoma and Arizona State. He also had some preliminary talks with Florida.
UT has 19 commitments, eight of whom have enrolled. The Vols are expected to sign approximately 27 prospects. National Signing Day is Feb. 3.
Second Thoughts?: It would have been easy for quarterback Nash Nance and receiver Da'Rick Rogers from Calhoun (Ga.) High School to say "We're still committed" after their official visit to Tennessee this weekend.
The fact that they're not talking makes me think the Vols have a shot after their official visits last weekend. The duo hasn't returned multiple phone calls and text messages from the News Sentinel and haven't been quoted elsewhere either.
The sales pitch is simple: Play at a high-level SEC school together. No other school is offering that opportunity. Nance is committed to Vanderbilt; Rogers to Georgia.
Again, I'm speculating, but the "no comment" line sounds like "not sure" to me.
Mike Nance, who is Nash's father and Rogers' part-time guardian, offered this via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"The boys haven't had any time to reflect on their visit this weekend. Right now they don't want to comment except that it was a good visit. I hope you understand and respect this."
Best Policy: Credit Dooley for being honest.
Defensive tackle Pat McNeil isn't harboring any false hope that he's on top of Tennessee's recruiting board, despite recent interest by the Dooley-led Vols.
"He was recruiting me for (Louisiana) Tech and now he's recruiting me for Tennessee," McNeil told Scout.com. "They just got on me late and said that I'm pretty much a fall-back guy for them at this point."
McNeil said he hopes to visit UT or Baylor this weekend.
The Vols would appear to have a good shot at landing the 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from Davidson High School in Mobile, Ala. He's expressed interest in playing in the SEC.
The decision appears to be up to Dooley.
McNeil has scholarship offers from Duke, New Mexico, Louisville and Louisiana Tech among other.
McNeil said he won't make a decision until National Signing Day.
"I want to see what happens," he said. "I think I may get some more offers. Not every guy is gonna qualify, and things can still change and spots can open up."
McNeil said Baylor will tell him this week if he'll be offered a scholarship.
Austin Ward and Phil Kaplan contributed to this report.