New Tennessee Vols cornerbacks coach Willie Martinez is no stranger to Rocky Top.

Martinez was previously on staff at Tennessee from 2013-2016 under Butch Jones.

When Martinez joined the Vols’ staff in 2013, it allowed him to coach a player that he wasn’t able to land during the recruiting process at a previous school.

Martinez, who coached at Georgia and Oklahoma before he landed at UT in 2013, wasn’t able to sign defensive back Brian Randolph, but he still ended up coaching him at Tennessee.

Now that Martinez is back in Knoxville, he finds himself in a similar situation.

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Martinez told reporters last week that he tried to recruit defensive back Doneiko Slaughter to UCF.

But Slaughter actually “dodged” Martinez and signed with Tennessee (after decommitting from Arizona State).

“I told Doneiko Slaughter, I tried to get him at the old school I just came from, and he kind of dodged me and all the sudden the last second, Rocky Top gets him,” said Martinez. “I said it’s funny how things kind of come around.”

“It’s just like when I wanted Brian Randolph at another school that I was at, and then all of the sudden I come [to Tennessee] and I get a chance to coach him,” added Martinez. “Somehow, it just seems like, if you try and do the best you can and do it the right way, and you recruit the right people, it’s the right fit, and somehow you come back and get a chance to coach those type of student-athletes that I once wanted to recruit and wanted for myself.”

“It’s kind of cool to see them develop and to become the people they are right now.”

Slaughter played in all 10 games for the Vols last season, making one start (against South Carolina). The Georgia native compiled eight tackles (one for loss) and a sack as a true freshman.

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