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.