No rest for the weary.
Yes I know that it is technically misquoted. I have been lambasted by teachers and professors for it's misuse, but I think Derek Dooley would agree with me on the validity of the phrase.
The idea that you have to perservere and overcome being tired and overworked is something that permeates and resonates with college football coaches. It's no secret that these guys are well compensated for their work, but what you don't see for those three hours on Saturdays when the spotlight shines brightest is the 70+ hours a week (year round) that goes into this beautiful game.
Case in point. The season has ended, and National Signing Day has come and gone. That means that it is time for some much needed down time, right?
Instead of taking six weeks to reflect on the successes and failures of the past season, Derek Dooley and the Tennessee coaching staff have been focusing their attention on the Class of 2012.
One common theme for the Vols recruiting gameplan in 2012; attack the state of Georgia mercilessly.
Last season the Vols signed seven of their 27 commitments from the Peach State, and you can expect an even heavier presence in Georgia in 2012. The Rivals.com database says Tennessee has currently offered 56 prospects in the class.
Of those 56 offers, 14 of them are to prospects in GA. That's 25% of the entire class and you can expect that number to rise as it appears to be another deep year for talent in the state.
It's no secret that the Vols are at their best when they recruit well in the state of Georgia, as mentioned by Joel Barker of KVV on my Internet radio program, "Vol Talk Radio," last week. And with Dooley's ties in the state, it appears that the Vols are making a concerted effort to challenge for some of that state's top prospects once again.
Guys like Jordan Jenkins, a dynamic defensive end from Hamilton, and mammoth defensive tackle, Jonathan Taylor, have mentioned the Vols favorably in recent interviews, and are likely top targets for the Vols in the Class of 2012.
Other Georgia prospects with Vol offers include DT Dakota Ball (Bama commit), DT Quinteze Williams, DT JaFar Mann, CB Geno Smith, DE Jordan Watkins, DE Jarontay Jones, DE Quayvon Hicks, DE James Deloach, OT Vadal Alexander, WR JaQuay Williams, RB Kenyan Drake, and RB Mike Davis.
And don't expect that to be the end of the Vols presence in Georgia. I would be surprised if the Vols didn't offer 25-30 kids from the state in 2012 and the Vols overall success on the recruiting trail will likely be contingent on their ability to work the state of Georgia.
But don't expect Dooley and company to stop with the state of Georgia. You can expect the Vols to be in on many of the nation's top prospects, and if the Vols can contend for another top ten caliber class, we can thank this staff's "tireless" efforts.
Because rest truly is for the weary.