By Riley Blevins
KNOXVILLE -- Back in August, Tennessee players and coaches gathered inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex. It was business as usual. Speeches, film, Xs and Os.
Then there was a rasp at the door.
Stares darted to the entrance. Players crawled to the edge of their vinyl-covered chairs. The door flung open. Curt Maggitt entered, donning the Vols new Smokey gray attire.
The room erupted.
Players shot up, clapping and hollering. A couple even trotted down the stadium-style venue to hug Butch Jones. The excitement was obvious. But that was a tempered reaction compared to the one on Saturday.
The outbreak in August came from a room filled only with the Tennessee football team. Not a stadium filled to its brim. A stadium housing 60-plus recruits the so-called bricks in Jones masterplan to resurrect Tennessee football.
The new uniforms, the atmosphere, the game it all created the perfect recruiting storm, one as angry as the Vols stormy gray...