Vols sign OL Gooch

Tennessee has picked up some immediate help for its rebuilt offensive line, according to Scout.com.

Darin Gooch, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound offensive lineman from Butte Junior College in Orville, Calif., has signed to play for the Vols, the recruiting service reported Saturday.

Gooch, who played at McQueen High School in Reno, Nev., could not be reached by the News Sentinel on Saturday.

Scout said Gooch would enroll next week in time for the start of the first summer session.

The addition fills a serious need for UT, which struggled to find offensive linemen in spring practice.

Waiting: Dallas Hendrickson’s official visit to UT is over, but there is no official decision concerning his possible future as a Vol.

The center from Iowa Western Community College who played at St. Ansgar, Iowa, High School recently garnered interest from the Vols. If he is offered a scholarship and signs, he could play this fall for UT.

Hendrickson said he expects a decision from UT’s coaches by Monday.

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tree_em_smokey writes:

Sweet!!!!!!!

OrangePride writes:

Not like we don't need this too much! This is good news! GO VOLS!

HallowedHill writes:

Amazing news!!! We really need O-line.

GO VOLS!!

HtownVol writes:

GREAT!!!!!

It can only help!

I keep saying if we can only get solid O-Line play this year UT will be a team that challenges everyone. We may not win 9 or 10, but O-Line is the only position that we are hurting on and if somehow they surprise us UT will make a bowl game.

I know UT has fallen, but EVERY team goes through this.

Bama - shut up... Lousiana lafayette (or something like that)

UF - Even Teabags sophmore year they lost 5 games.

Point is UT played in the SEC champ 3 years ago. It is not like UT is out for long. 2 straight top 10 recruiting classes, and with more to come we will be back (depending on this staff)

GO VOLS

DuvalVol writes:

Great news!! We sure could use 1 or 2 more, but its not like the guys we have are a bunch of useless bums either. I hope the o-line as a unit is reading all the negativity about them and come out ready to pancake opponents.

tree_em_smokey writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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Most of the recruits coming in are from Kiffin, that Dooley had to salvage with two weeks of work. This guy is gonna be able to play this year. Would you not want a guy who has experience to come in and be able to contribute this year or just hope the freshmen can pull it off. I think its a good pick. GBO!!!!

Ironcity writes:

This pretty much tells you we are at the desperate stage in recruiting. Its one thing to find a kicker in the summer its quite another to find o Linemen. As for the diamond theory I heard the same thing about Leminson last summer and we saw how that turned out. I would not be surprised to hear a few O linemen either quit, got kicked off or flunked out.

tnsportsman writes:

Great News, this is added depth with Gooch! I'm told Hendrickson the OL & Center from Iowa will be next to sign next week!

With James Stone in camp mid summer, the fears about the OL will soon be distance memory!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

tnsportsman writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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LOL, be honest did you ever play a down of football?

ROFLMAO! I doubt it.

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

VolFanNC writes:

Don't know a thing about him, but I hope he plays...would be good to hear about "the Gooch" finishing blocks

alwaysVol writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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you forget Da'rick Rogers? and I believe Neal is a pick up of CDD

mountainbrook writes:

in response to Ironcity:

This pretty much tells you we are at the desperate stage in recruiting. Its one thing to find a kicker in the summer its quite another to find o Linemen. As for the diamond theory I heard the same thing about Leminson last summer and we saw how that turned out. I would not be surprised to hear a few O linemen either quit, got kicked off or flunked out.

Liamison was Kiffin's recruit. You can't hand that one on Dooley.

tree_em_smokey writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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HE HAD TWO WEEKS.

1vol writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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Yea, kitten class was so good why don't you go back and see how it looks now. It would not even be a top 50 class.How about this ya'll keep being negative but we don't want to hear a peep from your pie hole when it gets turned around THIS year!

TunnelHillVol writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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What about DaRick Rogers?

Pullingguard writes:

in response to 1vol:

Yea, kitten class was so good why don't you go back and see how it looks now. It would not even be a top 50 class.How about this ya'll keep being negative but we don't want to hear a peep from your pie hole when it gets turned around THIS year!

"When it gets turned around this year" Are you
out of your mind? Maybe turned around for the 2012 season if we are lucky... I agree with lot of posters, the recruiting by Dooley stinks, it seems his priorities with players of high caliber potential is just lacking... Look at the other commits SEC schools have and look at UT.
Dooley needs to get it going.... nugh said

rockytopatl writes:

in response to Ironcity:

This pretty much tells you we are at the desperate stage in recruiting. Its one thing to find a kicker in the summer its quite another to find o Linemen. As for the diamond theory I heard the same thing about Leminson last summer and we saw how that turned out. I would not be surprised to hear a few O linemen either quit, got kicked off or flunked out.

I don't know whether to classify posts like this as dumb, stupid, or ignorant. This has nothing to do with "recruiting," unless you're putting it into the context of recruiting one, two and three years ago. Our offensive line is depleted to the crisis point because Fulmer and Kiffin failed to sign and retain enough decent offensive linemen.

Dooley, who "desperately" (yes, now you can use the word) wants to win more than four games this year, is out shopping for some immediate help. If we can't put together a servicable OL this year, we won't be able to keep our two quarterbacks alive, much less give them time to hit any of our excellent wide receivers or excellent tight end. Nor will we be able to get yardage from our excellent stable of running backs. I use excellent to emphasize that the recruiting in these areas is and was not "desperate."

This is smart coaching. We know our new line coach can coach 'em up -- his record of sending guys to the NFL is remarkable. They are identifying, and signing, guys who can help us this fall. The short-sighted who can't see this either don't know college football or are under-the-bridge dwelling trolls. Look at what the Punk's coaches managed to do last year with a similar patchwork OL. This staff will do as well, if not better, if they can find some guys like this one they get onto the field this fall.

tenmanjonez#561272 writes:

GOOCHIE!

Ironcity writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Liamison was Kiffin's recruit. You can't hand that one on Dooley.

I am not putting Leminson on Dooley I am just pointing out that the diamond in the rough theory 9 out of 10 times turns into dud in the rough.

alwaysVol writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

"When it gets turned around this year" Are you
out of your mind? Maybe turned around for the 2012 season if we are lucky... I agree with lot of posters, the recruiting by Dooley stinks, it seems his priorities with players of high caliber potential is just lacking... Look at the other commits SEC schools have and look at UT.
Dooley needs to get it going.... nugh said

national signing day isn't until Feb., nothing is official until then. and most players won't give a verbal commitment until they see what is on the field. remember we had Montee last year, and his name alone was able to pickup a few recruits before the season started. goodnews is we have 8 months left. now we have picked up a few extra people after signing day. it doesn't matter if they are good or bad. because even if we do get our max number of players on NSD we will still be short of the 85 schoalarship players allowed.

FWBVol writes:

The fact is a large part of the offensive line problem fall squarely on the shoulders of Lame Kiffin. He ran off more offensive linemen than the two he signed last year. And one of those linemen, Revis, was a guy that Fulmer had on the board.

Kiffin was so busy trying to get the WOW recruits like Richardson and Brown that he forgot about the POW recruits on the O-Line that will line up and hit someone in the mouth.

In a perfect world we wouldn't need to be signing JUCO guys Memorial Day weekend, but at this time Tennessee football isn't in a perfect world.

Dooley signed four high school O-Linemen and a couple will probably help us this year. But you never know how a kid will do his first time away from home. A JUCO guy has a better chance of helping us early than a true freshman.

With Gooch, and possibly the center Hendrickson, coming on board, Dooley has added some much needed depth to our offensive line.

Ironcity writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

I don't know whether to classify posts like this as dumb, stupid, or ignorant. This has nothing to do with "recruiting," unless you're putting it into the context of recruiting one, two and three years ago. Our offensive line is depleted to the crisis point because Fulmer and Kiffin failed to sign and retain enough decent offensive linemen.

Dooley, who "desperately" (yes, now you can use the word) wants to win more than four games this year, is out shopping for some immediate help. If we can't put together a servicable OL this year, we won't be able to keep our two quarterbacks alive, much less give them time to hit any of our excellent wide receivers or excellent tight end. Nor will we be able to get yardage from our excellent stable of running backs. I use excellent to emphasize that the recruiting in these areas is and was not "desperate."

This is smart coaching. We know our new line coach can coach 'em up -- his record of sending guys to the NFL is remarkable. They are identifying, and signing, guys who can help us this fall. The short-sighted who can't see this either don't know college football or are under-the-bridge dwelling trolls. Look at what the Punk's coaches managed to do last year with a similar patchwork OL. This staff will do as well, if not better, if they can find some guys like this one they get onto the field this fall.

Not sure why you would say the same things I said but say my post is dumb, ignorant or stupid. I never stated it had anything to do with Dooley's recruiting. Of course he is trying to improve the team. What pick ups like this show us is how bad it truly is right now. The problem is if these guys were so good they would be on another D1 team already. They were not going to JC just waiting for an SEC team to come along. I guess the only saving grace is we played last year with two walk ons starting so they shouldn't be much worse then the Sullin twins.

GerryOP writes:

98 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

txvolsfan writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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I think D'Rick might be the best of all!!!
You're not very smart are you?

TommyJack writes:

in response to mountainbrook:

Liamison was Kiffin's recruit. You can't hand that one on Dooley.

Agreed. At the risk of defending "The Temp", I don't think anyone expected Lamaison to be a diamond...was signed when we were in dire need of a back-up.

volpreacher writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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DaRick Rogers? I believe you forgot this 5* that said if Kiffin was here he wouldn't have come. There are way too many naysayers on this board that squeal we're in trouble. Give the man a break. Give him time. He may fall on his face but then again, he may win the NCAA championship. You talk about La. Tech players and they aren't as talented but with those players he actually played Boise St. the closest of anyone last year, almost beat LSU and Auburn. So be patient.

99gator writes:

I didn't realize things were this bad.

They are doing everything but dialing 1-800-ut-oline.

it will be as long slow climb out of hell.

Tenvolman writes:

Guys..I remember when Tenn had less talent as some say and kicked everybodies tale..For those young punks that know nothing of tenn football except what they read on rivals and govols just relax..Tenn is fine and dont be surprised if we win it all this year.. We have a real coach that knows talent unlike Kiffen who will get any thug with 5 stars just because that leads to more stars. Ala and all those star seekers with fall on thei buttz soon enough just like UT did..

This kid plays ball like Bill Bates did and yes he played what 15 years in the NFL...Bates was another one of those players that was not recruited by big time CFF schools ( but thats false as UT is big time) and was not supposed to be any good..I remember when we won the title and all of a sudden all the so called 5 stars wwanted to be a vol..I wrote a letter to CPF telling him Ut was done if going the star route as most players we had had here the past 20 years where snot blowing knock your neck off type of kids..I say heck with the stars and give me bates type players..Ok this kid is exactly the type of player we want! Just watch these videos and you will see nothing but pure knock you azz off ball player..enjoy..OH and dont click any links or popups as they could bite your pc..

http://en.kendincos.net/video-rtnvlnd...

DERELICK_MY_VOLS writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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In respect to Rajion Neal and Da'Rick Rogers would you kindly unplug your keyboard and stick it where the sun don't shine!

1vol writes:

Has everyone forgot that Wilcox is our DC?Between that and Palarty will be a factor a huge factor at surprising alot of people.I'm not saying that we'll win the east but just hide and watch we could slip up and be a contender.

alwaysVol writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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you can't go out and get a 5* player this time of year and him play this year. we have debpth issues that CDD is doing the best he can to fill. no knows what players he has targeted for next years recruiting class. so you can't say he is only going after players that we haven't heard of. he had 2 weeks to save a recruiting class this year and he did. plus he added a few players. it seems like some in this fan base want to run this guy off before he ever coaches a game. give the guy some time before you start complaining.

Tenvolman writes:

test

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to 99gator:

I didn't realize things were this bad.

They are doing everything but dialing 1-800-ut-oline.

it will be as long slow climb out of hell.

Meyers + recruits girlfriend = juco player

chrisw2967 writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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Neal is a beast incase you havent seen his tape and from your posts you havent watched much football.There is a reason your behind a keyboard and not out recruiting.
If you buy into the 4 and 5 star hype then you will buy into anything.Not all of them pan out.

DERELICK_MY_VOLS writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

"When it gets turned around this year" Are you
out of your mind? Maybe turned around for the 2012 season if we are lucky... I agree with lot of posters, the recruiting by Dooley stinks, it seems his priorities with players of high caliber potential is just lacking... Look at the other commits SEC schools have and look at UT.
Dooley needs to get it going.... nugh said

Tennessee's 5* recruits as a majority never pan out and become busts. Off the top of my head the only 3 worth mentioning is Peyton Mannin, Eric Berry, and Janzen Jackson if he stays straight with no more incidents off the field. Since 1994 I can't remember any other 5* kid that wasn't a bust for us. Unless I'm thinking of a 4* that was actually a 5* out of high school.

Tennessee ALWAYS has way better teams with mainly 4* recruits with a few 3*'s mixed in the bunch. Call me crazy but its true.

DERELICK_MY_VOLS writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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Hey man you're the one dissing Dooley's recruiting not me. We stole a solid RB that is a burner...DOOLEY DID THIS.

99gator writes:

in response to chrisw2967:

Meyers + recruits girlfriend = juco player

It has nothing to do with juco.

It has to do with the staff feeling the need to offer anyone who has played football, is a us citizen, and can play in the fall because they need offensive line help that bad.

This is indeed out of desperation and it's so obvious stevie wonder can see it

volatil writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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Da'Rick Rogers and Rajion Neal are not scrubs give the guy some time. He only had a couple of weeks to secure what he did for gosh sakes!

DERELICK_MY_VOLS writes:

in response to DERELICK_MY_VOLS:

Tennessee's 5* recruits as a majority never pan out and become busts. Off the top of my head the only 3 worth mentioning is Peyton Mannin, Eric Berry, and Janzen Jackson if he stays straight with no more incidents off the field. Since 1994 I can't remember any other 5* kid that wasn't a bust for us. Unless I'm thinking of a 4* that was actually a 5* out of high school.

Tennessee ALWAYS has way better teams with mainly 4* recruits with a few 3*'s mixed in the bunch. Call me crazy but its true.

Not sure where the "g" in Manning went....anyway...I pray Da'Rick is the next 5* to be a trully special Vol....unless there is a freak accident I think he will be & then some!

DERELICK_MY_VOLS writes:

in response to 99gator:

I didn't realize things were this bad.

They are doing everything but dialing 1-800-ut-oline.

it will be as long slow climb out of hell.

So what is hell like?

FWBVol writes:

in response to 99gator:

I didn't realize things were this bad.

They are doing everything but dialing 1-800-ut-oline.

it will be as long slow climb out of hell.

I think the main problem is the offensive line. If we were recruiting running backs and quarterbacks for the 2010 season I'd be really concerned.

As I stated in a previous post, it's not DD's fault that Kiffin was too busy signing the WOW guys that he forgot to sign the bulldozers.

We've got some young guys coming in on the offensive line that are supposed to be beasts, but we need some guys that can help us immediately.

If Hendrickson, the center, signs, he'll have three years of eligibility. The story doesn't say what year Gooch is, but he could come in a be a two-year guy that helps while the kids get their feet wet.

We did OK last year with the Sullins twins giving their all for Tennessee and neither of them weighed more than 260 or 270.

These JUCO guys could help make a respectable season if they can come in and pick things up quickly.

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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Let me explain what is happening.
These two players, Gooch and Hendricson have nothing to do with the recruiting class. Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. The recruiting class Coach Dooley is going after are high school seniors this year. How successful coach will be at that is unknown.
The signing of these two young men is an attempt by CD to address the o-line shortage THIS year.
These are JC players who are being added to provide immediate depth. Coach Dooley would be remiss in his duties if he made no attempt to address this issue which he inherited.
Yes, the o-line is in need of help and coach Dooley is doing everything humanly possible to fix it.
There simply are no 4-5*recruits available to play this year.
Be concerned about the depth on the line if you want.
But please stop dissing Coach Dooley for doing his job.
If after 2-3 years recruiting he is still signing unrated jc tranfers then there will be no excuse for it.
But for now, let the man do the job he is being paid to do.

OrangePride writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

I don't know whether to classify posts like this as dumb, stupid, or ignorant. This has nothing to do with "recruiting," unless you're putting it into the context of recruiting one, two and three years ago. Our offensive line is depleted to the crisis point because Fulmer and Kiffin failed to sign and retain enough decent offensive linemen.

Dooley, who "desperately" (yes, now you can use the word) wants to win more than four games this year, is out shopping for some immediate help. If we can't put together a servicable OL this year, we won't be able to keep our two quarterbacks alive, much less give them time to hit any of our excellent wide receivers or excellent tight end. Nor will we be able to get yardage from our excellent stable of running backs. I use excellent to emphasize that the recruiting in these areas is and was not "desperate."

This is smart coaching. We know our new line coach can coach 'em up -- his record of sending guys to the NFL is remarkable. They are identifying, and signing, guys who can help us this fall. The short-sighted who can't see this either don't know college football or are under-the-bridge dwelling trolls. Look at what the Punk's coaches managed to do last year with a similar patchwork OL. This staff will do as well, if not better, if they can find some guys like this one they get onto the field this fall.

Why is this an "either-or" question? Why can't it just be dumb, stupid AND ignorant. Dooley is doing what he has to do to piece together the ashes on the O-line that he who shall not be named left behind. The real story will be how this group is coached and then functions as a UNIT, not what Rivals or any other scouting agency has to say. As for me? I STICK WITH MY VOLS! PERIOD. GBO!!!

VolFanNC writes:

Can't believe how bad this board has gotten. No one knows whether or not this kid is any good.

For Dooley, he salvaged a top 10 class after no name left town and tried to steal the recruits.

Stone, Rogers, Hunter, Neal all came at the end because of Dooley and UT. So did several others of the 3*s...

OL depth is a need this year and he is addressing it. The actual vol fans on the board should be happy. He saw a need after spring and is working to address it. IS there something missing or has the IQ of this board gone to the toilet?

For the others on the board, you are going to say something negative no matter who he signs. So your opinions aren't really worth much.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to JBVols1698:

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Darick Rogers????AHHH, decent recruit...I think.

darbhoo writes:

in response to Lostvolinhighweeds:

Let me explain what is happening.
These two players, Gooch and Hendricson have nothing to do with the recruiting class. Nothing, nada, zip, zilch. The recruiting class Coach Dooley is going after are high school seniors this year. How successful coach will be at that is unknown.
The signing of these two young men is an attempt by CD to address the o-line shortage THIS year.
These are JC players who are being added to provide immediate depth. Coach Dooley would be remiss in his duties if he made no attempt to address this issue which he inherited.
Yes, the o-line is in need of help and coach Dooley is doing everything humanly possible to fix it.
There simply are no 4-5*recruits available to play this year.
Be concerned about the depth on the line if you want.
But please stop dissing Coach Dooley for doing his job.
If after 2-3 years recruiting he is still signing unrated jc tranfers then there will be no excuse for it.
But for now, let the man do the job he is being paid to do.

Finally a poster that makes sense rather than speaking out his backside. I hope my season tickets are next to his this year.

I hope our coaches don't read most of this negative dribble. I am a realistic person. I saw the coaching and recruit turndowns we have had recently and I can see why some of them wanted no part of that pressure.

Coaching and playing at Tennessee is full of tradition with rich heritage and success. True Tennessee fans want to win but not at the expense of class and honor. Some of you seem to have forgotten that. The path that Kiffin had us on seems to have affected you naysayers.

I for one am tired of your jibes and complaints. I am a VOL fan above all, win or lose. Better to lose with class and have fought well than to have lowered ourselves to the Kiffin/naysayers level.

voloffaith writes:

in response to 99gator:

It has nothing to do with juco.

It has to do with the staff feeling the need to offer anyone who has played football, is a us citizen, and can play in the fall because they need offensive line help that bad.

This is indeed out of desperation and it's so obvious stevie wonder can see it

abusive SUGGEST REMOVAL Have people I know who are sightless so the tongue in cheek, think your cute comment about Stevie Wonder was inappropriate!

On topic, do you think that the staff might know what their doing? Think they might have looked at some tape and saw potential to help in a position of need? Gosh people we are desperate,but I belief it is controlled to prospects that will be serviceable or better. How about we let them play the games and let the coaches do their thing and see how the product looks! I guess that's why they play them. Yes I/m optimistic, but realistically so. I'm looking for ateam that is disciplined ,plays hard every down and has no quit. If we lose then it will be because we played a superior opponent and not due to lack of effort. See ya go VOLS!!!

littleorange writes:

Some of these naysayers comments remind me of something my grandfather once told me. "You can't argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level, and then beat you with experience."

Vol_Doc writes:

in response to rockytopatl:

I don't know whether to classify posts like this as dumb, stupid, or ignorant. This has nothing to do with "recruiting," unless you're putting it into the context of recruiting one, two and three years ago. Our offensive line is depleted to the crisis point because Fulmer and Kiffin failed to sign and retain enough decent offensive linemen.

Dooley, who "desperately" (yes, now you can use the word) wants to win more than four games this year, is out shopping for some immediate help. If we can't put together a servicable OL this year, we won't be able to keep our two quarterbacks alive, much less give them time to hit any of our excellent wide receivers or excellent tight end. Nor will we be able to get yardage from our excellent stable of running backs. I use excellent to emphasize that the recruiting in these areas is and was not "desperate."

This is smart coaching. We know our new line coach can coach 'em up -- his record of sending guys to the NFL is remarkable. They are identifying, and signing, guys who can help us this fall. The short-sighted who can't see this either don't know college football or are under-the-bridge dwelling trolls. Look at what the Punk's coaches managed to do last year with a similar patchwork OL. This staff will do as well, if not better, if they can find some guys like this one they get onto the field this fall.

Well stated.

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