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At start of ‘Foundation Week,’ Vols add juco WR commitment Eric Lauderdale

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Junior college receiver Eric Lauderdale became the 19th verbal commitment in Tennessee’s 2014 class on Sunday night.

Lauderdale, a Georgia native who went to California for junior college, is a consensus four-star prospect.

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Q&A with Bob Welton, Vols’ new player personnel director

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Bob Welton was working for the Cleveland Browns, living in Boise, Idaho, and enjoying life as an NFL scout.

But when Butch Jones called him up with an offer to come to Tennessee as the Vols’ new director of personnel, Welton decided to make the switch.

“When he asked me to come here, I was like, ‘This is the one guy I can’t say no to,'” Welton said in an interview. “I’ve had chances before to leave, but I was happy in the NFL. The NFL is great. Everything is good about it — the pay, the insurance, the benefits. I loved it. When he called, my wife was like, ‘We’re doing what?’ I said, ‘No, wait until you meet him. This is going to be awesome.'”

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