DE Dorian Gerald of Florence and College of the Canyons JC, CA continues to hang in with Tennessee from a commitment standpoint but the future of that coaching staff weighs heavily on his mind and in his plans. He has had official visits set with USC November 17th, Tennessee November 24th and Louisville December 8th. He’s now added an official to Texas A&M on a date to be determined and plans to take a fifth official visit. Gerald said he heard earlier in the week from USC defensive line coach Lance Thompson regarding his upcoming official visit. As for Tennessee, like Vols fans and everyone on the outside watching, Gerald is in the dark about the future of Butch Jones as head coach.
“No one has told me anything about what’s going on at Tennessee so I don’t know,” Gerald said. “Obviously something is going on. I don’t even know what to say. I don’t know what to say because I don’t know anything. As far as I know, everything is still the same but it’s obvious something is going on. I’m just not being told.”
Gerald said he talks with UT coaches every day and their message has been, “See how it plays out. My commitment to the staff has not weakened any. What would have something to do with my commitment would be staff changes. If Coach Jones was to leave, it definitely would change things.”
And Gerald would like some clarity soon from the Vols.
“I’m just ready to know what it’s going to be. I’m tired of beating around the bush and people not telling me what’s going on. I just want to know what it’s going to be and what it’s not going to be. If it is going to be this, then let me know. I’m ready to know.”
Gerald said his whole family will join him on his official visit to USC, something they have not been able to do on earlier visits with the Gamecocks.
In seven games this season Gerald has 34 tackles with 8 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss.