August 30, 2011

Sentimore options include exploring UT

With Tennessee's options sometimes limited when it comes to defensive line recruiting, it's no wonder the Vols have to turn to the junior college ranks to help fill the void. The case is no different in the class of 2012.

Head coach Derek Dooley already has one commitment from Damien Jacobs and the Vols are after several more JuCo prospects including former Alabama defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore.

The 6-foot-3, 277-pound Sentimore transferred from Alabama at the beginning of August to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, where he's now considering his options.

“I really don't know my options right now, but I know that I have schools that are trying to come after me. But, I'm just trying to get through this season and then after the season I'll take my visits and see what's up,” Sentimore said.

Even though he may not know all of his options right now, one that seems available to him is Tennessee. He's been in contact with assistant coach Terry Joseph.

“My options are open, but we were just discussing me taking a visit up there for a game. He used to coach at my high school. He had coached at Destrehan High School,” Sentimore said of the Louisiana prep powerhouse.

Not only does Sentimore know Joseph from the New Orleans-area high school, but he also met both he and Dooley at Louisiana Tech.

“I didn't take a visit to Tennessee when I was in high school. I got an offer. But, I took a visit to Louisiana Tech where coach Dooley and coach Terry were,” Sentimore offered.

While Sentimore wasn't heavily recruited by the Vols out of high school, he did share that when his recruitment started he thought he would end up a Vol out of high school.

“I really don't know much about Tennessee, but when I first started receiving letters or whatever, I thought I was going to go to Tennessee. That was my first bet. But, that changed back in high school,” Sentimore said.

Now Sentimore will be trying to figure out which school is right for him out of junior college and that includes Tennessee.

“It's just seeing what program fits me and where I fit in at in that program. I'm going to be concentrating on what they have to offer me education-wise, and as far as what type of brand that program has. I think Tennessee is a great brand. I think they're going to be good in the near future if the recruits come in and work hard,” Sentimore said.

While schools will come calling for Sentimore, don't expect him to take any visits until after his season and closer to December when he plans to enroll in another four-year institution. In the meantime, he'll be concentrating on his grades and season at hand.

“I'm just trying to make good grades and focus on doing what I got to do to get back in the SEC,” Sentimore said.

Sentimore will line up in the three-technique in Gulf Coast's 3-4 defense. ranked Sentimore a four-star defensive tackle out of high school.

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