Catholic HS lineman and Tennessee commitment Kyler Kerbyson
MURFREESBORO - Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney stopped in early Monday morning at the home of Bearden High School running back Devrin Young before the UT commitment left to receive his Class AAA Mr. Football back trophy at a ceremony in Murfreesboro.
Another commitment, Catholic lineman Kyler Kerbyson, who won Class AAA Mr. Football lineman, said Chaney was expected over for dinner tonight.
"It's the second night coaches can do that," said the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Kerbyson. "(Offensive line) coach (Harry) Hiestand has been calling me almost every night. It's been great. I've been in a lot of contact with them."
Kerbyson graded out at better than 90 percent this season and did not allow a sack in 307 pass attempts.
But as dominant as he was on the offense for the Irish, he was equally effective on the defensive line, where he piled up 88 tackles, 24 tackles for loss and five sacks in 12 games.
While he's heard from plenty of his high school coaches and fans that he could play defense for Tennessee, he's yet to hear that idea from the coaching staff.
"So, I guess I'm stuck on offense," he said with a laugh.
Young, decked out in an orange-and-white striped neck tie, said Dooley and Chaney spoke to him about "the future and expectations" for him at Tennessee.
"They explained some of plans they have for me," said Young, who had 42 touchdowns and more than 3,000 all-purpose yards as a senior. "The biggest conversation was about what it's going to take for me to get on the field - obviously, working hard and soaking up as much as I can and adapting to the program."
Young was impressed by Tennessee winning its final four games to reach the 6-6 mark and become bowl-eligible, citing the players' hearts and coaching of Dooley to keep them focused.
Kerbyson attended every Tennessee home game this season, leaving the final one - a 24-14 win over Kentucky - inspired about next season.
He will not enroll early, he said, but will be at Tennessee's spring practices.
"It's great progress," he said. "I'm really proud of all the guys. Tyler Bray looks really amazing right now (at quarterback). He looks like he's on track. I can't wait until next year, when I start working with him and being able to block for the guy."
Kerbyson added - in jest - that there was a piece of him that wished some of the new offensive linemen hadn't progressed so quickly, so he may have a chance at plenty of early playing time.
"A little bit," he said with a laugh. "because that's just the competitive nature in me. But I'm really excited for them.
"It's really not that big of a deal for me to play. I just want to win. I want the best people out there for us to win. I don't want to be selfish, and it be about me, me, me. I want our team to win."