Jackson Lampley officially committed to Tennessee a week ago.
Some Vols fans might be a little skeptical in getting excited about the important offensive lineman’s commitment. The Class of 2018 was in such flux toward the end, it’s understandable why it might be tough to get excited about a 2019 prospect.
Lampley sounds different in discussing the Vols when he spoke with Josh Ward on the SEC Country podcast. His parents went to Tennessee, and his dad played offensive line for coach Phillip Fulmer in the 1990s.
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman has a vision about returning the Vols to the heights of the 90s. It’s something coach Jeremy Pruitt has spoken about plenty of times. The goal is to bring a championship back to Rocky Top.
“It would be a dream come true,” Lampley said. “I’ve grown up a huge UT fan and bled orange my whole life. To be able to win a national championship at Tennessee would be amazing.”
It likely would have been tough for Lampley to commit anywhere else. His heart is with the program. He still listened to other schools, and Auburn pushed for him hard.
The coaching staff made Lampley feel even more comfortable.
“I really liked their personalities, to be honest with you,” Lampley said. “Coach Pruitt really wants to change the culture around the program which I liked a lot. Also, I really liked [offensive line] Coach Will Friend a lot. I just gelled with his personality.”
Ward also discusses Tennessee’s disappointing basketball game against Alabama and where the Vols go from here.