Another semester has started without Eddrick Loften on the Tennessee campus.
Even after missing his third chance to enroll and start a career with the Vols, the safety from Texas and two-time signee hasn’t abandoned hope just yet. And theoretically he’s still got two more chances to show up and be ready for the season.
After not showing up in the directory of active students yet again when UT reported for the first session of summer school on Thursday, Loften confirmed in a message to the News Sentinel that he’s not yet been granted eligibility by the NCAA Clearinghouse. But he reiterated that he has the requisite test scores and is eying enrollment with the program for the second session of summer.
“I’m waiting on the Clearinghouse to come in on (July) 7th,” Loften wrote in an email. “Other than that, I have (passed) my test and (I’m) just waiting.”
The vast majority of the 2011 signing class will have already been on campus for at least a month, with 20 players showing up as active students for the first day of classes to join the six Vols who enrolled early to participate in spring practice.
The only other signee not listed in the directory was Tino Thomas, a defensive back from Memphis.
Both players were expected to vie for playing time this fall as UT tries to add depth to its secondary, but the large number of newcomers on campus could possibly make that more difficult for them now.
The Vols signed 28 players in February to fill 26 spots on the roster for the coming season, and with only Thomas and Loften currently on the outside, the math wouldn’t appear to work in their favor.
But those numbers aren’t yet finalized, and either Loften or Thomas conceivably still have time to qualify and contribute for the Vols this fall.
For Loften, that clock has been ticking now for quite some time - but it hasn’t expired just yet.