2014 OL Patrick Dalton on Vols, Clemson

Patrick Dalton's visit to Clemson was positive, even if he didn't get the scholarship offer he has coveted.

"It was good," the offensive lineman from Knoxville (Tenn.) Christian said.

Clemson coaches have shown strong interest in the junior. He has been to several games there. When asked what coaches told him about a possible offer on this trip, he said, "I didn't get to talk to them that long."

Dalton said he doesn't have any other visits planned. He doesn't need to travel far to learn much about one of the schools he has considered.

All he has to do is turn on talk-radio in Knoxville for the latest on Tennessee's coaching search. The Vols fired third-year head coach Derek Dooley and are searching for their next head coach. Dalton has two teammates committed to Tennessee: offensive tackle Brett Kendrick and receiver Joshua Smith.

"I hope it turns out good," the 6-foot-5, 308-pound Dalton said of the search. "I know they're honoring Brett's scholarship so that's good and I think they'll honor Josh's, too."

Growing up in Knoxville, it's hard not to follow Tennessee's football program. Still, Dalton is taking a wait-and-see approach.

"I like UT," Dalton said. "But before I can consider them, they need to get their coaching deal worked out."