Tino Thomas back on campus with six other new Vols

Justin  Meredith

Justin Meredith

Trent  Taylor

Trent Taylor

Tino  Thomas

Tino Thomas

Nathan Peterman

Nathan Peterman

Alden  Hill

Alden Hill

Cody  Blanc

Cody Blanc

Darrington Sentimore

Darrington Sentimore

The wait is over for Tino Thomas.

The defensive back from Memphis Melrose High School is officially back on campus again at Tennessee, and this time there promises to be some practices in store for him.

The freshman was initially all set to begin his career with the Vols last fall until a torn labrum suffered while lifting weights changed those plans, forcing him to grayshirt, delaying his arrival and ultimately making him a part of a different signing class. But Thomas is at UT now, and he was joined by six other members of that 2012 signing group on Wednesday as the early enrollees began their first semester with the program.

"I'm just so excited to get back," Thomas told the News Sentinel last month. "I'm just excited to get back with my teammates and everything."

Thomas and the Vols already on the roster met a few of those new teammates as they reported for school and the start of preparations for the third season under coach Derek Dooley.

UT also welcomed athlete Cody Blanc of Central, running back Alden Hill of Alliance, Ohio, quarterback Nathan Peterman of Fruit Cove, Fla., tight end Justin Meredith of Anderson, S.C., junior college transfer Darrington Sentimore of Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College and defensive lineman Trent Taylor of Lakeland, Fla., to the mix as classes resumed.

Dooley is scheduled to address their arrival and the state of the roster this week, meeting with the media at some point today or Friday.

Rest of the Class: Dooley will talk about the rest of the 2012 class during an event on National Signing Day at Neyland Stadium.

Tickets for the celebration on Feb. 1 are on sale at UTtix.com for $10 and are limited to 500 people. The ticket is good for admission, a drink and a concession item.

The program is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

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tennvolsman19651965 writes:

Too bad all those kids have no idea who their coordinators are going to be.

GloryDays writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

Too bad all those kids have no idea who their coordinators are going to be.

Patience. The wait will soon be over.

FWBVol writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

Too bad all those kids have no idea who their coordinators are going to be.

The midterm enrollees at Alabama don't know who their offensive coordinator is going to be either nor do the Boise State kids.

I guess UT isn't the only team in trouble. (Note sarcasim)

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to FWBVol:

The midterm enrollees at Alabama don't know who their offensive coordinator is going to be either nor do the Boise State kids.

I guess UT isn't the only team in trouble. (Note sarcasim)

Ha, ha! I got the sarcasm. I know that I would still feel okay boarding the BAMA ship because of who the Captain is. He is free to hire any replacements he wants for coordinators at BAMA. Now the rumors are jumping around about Santos visiting other schools.

flatrock writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

Too bad all those kids have no idea who their coordinators are going to be.

Same could be said for 7 other SEC programs...Get over it!

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to flatrock:

Same could be said for 7 other SEC programs...Get over it!

7 other programs that finished ahead of us. Suck it!

knoxchatter writes:

in response to flatrock:

Same could be said for 7 other SEC programs...Get over it!

just like a lot of other vol fans who've tried to stay patient and supportive, he IS 'over it'...that's why he made the comment! Comparing the loss of staff for the Vols with the loss of staff on other SEC teams right now is comparing apples and oranges...

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Patience. The wait will soon be over.

While I agree with you, that we need to be patient, we have watched our recruiting drop from 12th to 21st. Santos is visiting TCU now according to a Texas radio show and if he bails, we will fall deep into the 20's, if not the 30's in recruiting.
On another note though, I have tried to quit viewing all of the hoopla surrounding the new DC hire, but it seems to have become an addiction bouncing from FL98, VN, 8th Maxim, Twitter and here. I would love to see someone announced so that they can attempt to regain the confidence of the 2012 class before signing day. I know that it is a dead period right now, but we need to have someone in place to start talking to these kids by next Monday.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to knoxchatter:

just like a lot of other vol fans who've tried to stay patient and supportive, he IS 'over it'...that's why he made the comment! Comparing the loss of staff for the Vols with the loss of staff on other SEC teams right now is comparing apples and oranges...

Thanks Knox, I just have a lot of concern that we are going to follow up 2 top 15 recruiting classes with a real dud if we dont get someone in there to salvage our class. It that happens, we are going to be rebuilding agiain in three years or so.

SummittsCourt writes:

Welcome aboard gentlemen, VFL!

NYvolFan writes:

$10?

AZ_Vol writes:

Welcome men!

Suit up.

Glad to have you here and a member of the Volunteer family.

JOHNWARD4EVER writes:

Welcome young men!!remember:what doesnt kill you, WILL make you stronger! GBO VFL

allvol32 writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

7 other programs that finished ahead of us. Suck it!

Classy post. Shouldn't you be catching the school bus instead of acting out online?

CroKev writes:

in response to allvol32:

Classy post. Shouldn't you be catching the school bus instead of acting out online?

Thanks for putting that guy in his place. Does anyone really think Dooley is just sitting on this? You know he's working every waking hour to recruit players and coaches right now. And then you get KNS et al. crying over him not taking the time to give interviews.

On another note, I hope Tino and Jarnell are the beginning of a floodgate of athletes from Memphis coming to UT.

bvol1inSC writes:

in response to flatrock:

Same could be said for 7 other SEC programs...Get over it!

Yes...BUT they don't stink like we stink! I mean...must I remind you AGAIN that we lost to KY w/out a QB? How many of the 7 other SEC programs are having this shoved down their recruits throats by the competition? This IS rapidly becoming the "Dooley Circus"...complete with blindly loyal "clown fans"...

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to allvol32:

Classy post. Shouldn't you be catching the school bus instead of acting out online?

Obviously you can't read the post that I posted to. You might want to discuss that with flat rock on your lil bus! Or, are you the same person like most of the trolls on this site?

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to CroKev:

Thanks for putting that guy in his place. Does anyone really think Dooley is just sitting on this? You know he's working every waking hour to recruit players and coaches right now. And then you get KNS et al. crying over him not taking the time to give interviews.

On another note, I hope Tino and Jarnell are the beginning of a floodgate of athletes from Memphis coming to UT.

We all know that Crov is a troll? I am so in my place now. You positive Folks who don't see the real picture of our recruits going down the tubes are killing me. It takes hours to fill the OC slot, yet our most prized recruit in Santos is on the verge of decommitting and it is taking weeks to fill the DC slot. Keep the faith while we end up number 34 in recruiting this year. Then you can still love CDD when we are rebuilding again in 2015.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to bvol1inSC:

Yes...BUT they don't stink like we stink! I mean...must I remind you AGAIN that we lost to KY w/out a QB? How many of the 7 other SEC programs are having this shoved down their recruits throats by the competition? This IS rapidly becoming the "Dooley Circus"...complete with blindly loyal "clown fans"...

Crov and Bvol are probably the same trolls. Don't sweat it brother!

RashaadSalabeb writes:

Welcome young men! You are about to begin something special. Make us all proud!

Go Big Orange!

NottaVol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Dave Hart promised them that he would hire them a real Head Coach next year.

bigorangeconverT writes:

in response to bvol1inSC:

Yes...BUT they don't stink like we stink! I mean...must I remind you AGAIN that we lost to KY w/out a QB? How many of the 7 other SEC programs are having this shoved down their recruits throats by the competition? This IS rapidly becoming the "Dooley Circus"...complete with blindly loyal "clown fans"...

bvol1, are you some sort of millionaire booster or a university admin with the ability to sway the minds of our AD or president? Since you're on this board b-ing and moaning, I'm betting not. So I'm going to break some bad news to you- your crapping on our program via this board will NEVER get Dooley fired. What money you do have can hold some sway, particularly if combined with maybe 30000+ others who all give up season tickets, but outside of that your negative opinion does nothing.
I get this, along with all the other "blindly loyal clown fans". What you're mistaking as head-in-the-sand, blind loyalty is actually respect for the legacy of this school and this program and respect for the young athletes who truly apply themselves and "give their all for Tennessee". That kind of respect means not shooting our mouths off every time we get disappointed- or even if we've been disappointed over several seasons. Instead, we give back to our team the best way 99% of us can- we encourage each other, we look for the positives, we keep the atmosphere around this program a hopeful one. And when it's gametime, we show those 5* recruits all the love they're in for when they come running through that T.
I'm sick of being called stupid for not pi$$ing all over our players and coach everytime we have a setback. If you know griping does nothing, then doesn't it make the most sense to be positive- which may have a chance of accomplishing something?

dillpic writes:

in response to tennvolsman19651965:

We all know that Crov is a troll? I am so in my place now. You positive Folks who don't see the real picture of our recruits going down the tubes are killing me. It takes hours to fill the OC slot, yet our most prized recruit in Santos is on the verge of decommitting and it is taking weeks to fill the DC slot. Keep the faith while we end up number 34 in recruiting this year. Then you can still love CDD when we are rebuilding again in 2015.

Do you see the real picture now.

You might not KNOW as much as you think.

fbmf624#277664 writes:

Everyone has an idea of what needs to be done for our football program dooley is doing fine for the mess he walked into. I dont recall all of you couch coaches putting your apps in for the job. IF YOU CAN DO BETTER THEN SHUTUP AND TAKE THE JOB IF NOT STOP CRYING YOUR NO BETTER MR I WANT TO BE THE COACH BUT CANT GET FAT BUTT OFF COUCH

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