While preparing for last weekend's big junior day event, the Volunteers coaching staff was also at work at evaluating talent and deciding who will receive a new offer.
One of those to get the great news was Altamonte Springs, Florida (Lake Brantley High School) linebacker Dominic Zanca, who is listed at 6-foot-2 210-pounds. "I was surprised, very surprised. I didn't really expect it at all. I checked my Rivals page, and saw that I had one, and then called the coach and he was telling me how they were very interested in me and was going to come down to watch me this spring."The Sunshine State linebacker has always had the dream of playing college football. Growing up in Louisiana, Zanca always favored the LSU Tigers. However, all grown up now, the big hitter now may be favoring a different SEC team."They (Tennessee) are definitely my number one team for right now. I can't wait to go up there and visit the campus. I hope to be going up there this spring, but I talked to Coach (Darin) Hinshaw and he said that I could come up to a camp this summer."Tennessee is not the only program calling the phone of Zanca. The Citadel is also one that has interested the Lake Brantley star."I talked to The Citadel recently, and they said they were going to come down and watch me. My family is going up for a family reunion, and I'm going to check them out while I'm up there."Switching to a more multiple defense than before, new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri is looking for talent to fit the role of the new installed defense. While many people may have not heard much about Zanca, there is one guy who may give a little bit of a comparison, according to Dominic and his father.
Vontaze Burfict, who will have his named called in the NFL Draft this April, is someone Zanca said his playing style can relate to.
"He is a big hitter. He plays hard nose football, and being able to hit is a big part of the game"
While he is still in the process of becoming a great linebacker, Zanca may want to continue the process at the University of Tennessee.
Only time will tell if the Sunshine State defender will choose the Vols, but if so, Coach Dooley will be picking up a big-time player.