The Tennessee Vols received some good news on Monday when 2022 three-star offensive lineman Brian Grant announced his commitment to the program.

Grant, 6-foot-8/270 lbs from Fort Walton Beach, FL, committed to Tennessee over offers from BYU, Florida Atlantic, and Maryland.

The Florida native was recruited by Vols offensive line coach Glenn Elarbee when Elarbee was at UCF with Josh Heupel. That relationship is the main reason Grant committed to the Vols.

Another big reason Grant committed to Tennessee is the Vol fan base.

Grant came to Knoxville this spring for a practice and he was able to observe UT fans on campus. The energy of those fans had a major impact on the talented offensive lineman.

“I honestly fell in love when I came up there this spring,” said Grant to VolQuest after committing. “I liked the people there walking to the game. I could see how much they love that place and it fed off into me.”

Tennessee athletic director Danny White has received plenty of criticism for constantly harping on the “negativity” of the Vol fan base (I’ve been one of the folks who has criticized White for his comments).

“One of the things I have noticed as a challenge and I knew about it coming in, but it’s probably a new challenge for me is some of the negativity of our fan base,” said White last month to VolQuest.

Grant’s comments, however, seem to validate White’s point.

I think everyone understands why Vols fans have expressed some negativity in recent years — there hasn’t been much to cheer about.

But the negativity certainly doesn’t help move Tennessee athletics forward. Grant’s commitment is an example of how positive energy from the Vol fan base can have a major impact on the football program.

Maybe Danny White knows what he’s talking about after all.

Featured image via USA Today-Randy Sartin