Defensive Lineman J.T. Mapu, who has been away from football while fulfilling his two-year Mormon Mission, is committed to returning to the Tennessee Volunteers either for the second summer session or at least in time for fall practice.
“It’s called commitment,” J.T.’s father, Simi Mapu, said. “The school was committed to him since he’s signed and he’s committed to them.”
According to his father, J.T. “looks good,” but because his obligations make keeping in shape difficult, “he’s got some work to do.”
J.T.’s return to the defensive line will be key in 2006. Justin Harrell is the only returning starter, and he’s considering the NFL. Mapu should be able to contribute right away as he played in 12 games in 2002 and started 11 games in 2003. He can play at either defensive end or at tackle.