With the hiring of former UNC offensive line coach Sal Pittman to fill a similar role at Tennessee and the hiring of Alabama linebackers coach Sal Sunseri to fill the vacant defensive coordinator's position, the Tennessee Vols had a solid week within the headlines. The day Sunseri was announced, the Vols got HUGE news in the form of a commitment from JUCO DT Daniel McCullers, and there was an exceedingly rare sense of optimism in Knoxville.
That solid week has transitioned into a solid weekend, as the Vols played host to a slew of recruits, and came away with a commitment from four-star RB/ATH Davante Bourque.
A Louisiana product, Bourque was previously committed to LSU, before re-evaluating his commitment after further observation of LSU's loaded depth-chart at running back. With the Vols in the exact opposite position, Tennessee jumped out to a quick lead when the 6'3'' 200-pounder reopened his recruitment.
Viewing Tennessee as his best option, Bourque pulled the trigger this weekend as first reported by Volquest.com's Paul Fortenberry. Making his visit with tentative UT commitment and fellow Louisiana resident Otha Peters, Bourque cited the family atmosphere as being critical to his decision.
Listed as an athlete, Bourque was denied the opportunity to play running back (his desired position) by most other schools, but the Vols were firm in their commitment to use him as a running back. With Bourque in tow, the Vols have now added three talented backs to their class, a clear area of emphasis with the departure of senior tailback Tauren Poole.
However, Bourque wasn't the only good news on the recruiting front this weekend. The aforementioned Otha Peters, who had been wavering in his commitment, reaffirmed his status as a Vol. Peters' mother, who had reportedly favored TCU previously, made her first visit to Knoxville and allegedly came away impressed.
Another visitor, three-star JUCO WR Demetrius Wilson, has also declared the Vols his leader. Wide receiver appears to still be an area of emphasis in the Class of 2012 with several talented receivers remaining on Tennessee's board.