With all the attention five-star college football prospects receive during their recruitment, it takes a lot to impress them these days. After spending the weekend in Knoxville on an unofficial visit getting to know Tennessee’s players and spending nearly the entire trip with Volunteer head coach Butch Jones, coveted offensive line recruit Trey Smith certainly appears to have come away impressed by all Rocky Top has to offer.
Of course the weekend visit wasn’t the first time the Vols went all out to show Smith how much they want him to play in Knoxville, as Tennessee held a satellite camp – focused on linemen no less – at Smith’s high school in Jackson, Tennessee. The camp also featured several former Tennessee alums all having spent time in the NFL.
The camp must have paid off for the Vols, as Smith placed Tennessee in his Top 6 list that was released in early July. Smith’s list also includes Alabama and Ole Miss from the SEC.
Following his visit to campus last weekend, Smith came away impressed and expressed his surprise that Tennessee’s head coach was able to find so much time to visit with him despite Jones’ demanding schedule.
“Coach Jones, to be honest with you, spent the most time with me out of any head coach that I’ve dealt with in the recruiting process,” Smith said according to Paul Fortenberry of Volquest. “He spent the whole weekend with us. Every time we had a meal he would be there.”
After ending his visit, Smith indicated to Ryan Callahan of GoVols247 that while he now plans to turn his attention away from recruiting and toward his final high school season at University School of Jackson, he will likely be making two in-season trips to Knoxville this fall – ideally for both the Florida and Alabama games.
Considering the Vols are heavily in the mix for arguably the best prospect in the nation, it would appear an attractive home schedule could play into Tennessee’s favor in more ways than one this upcoming season.
Following the weekend visit, a number of recruiting analyst have made their 247Sports Crystal Ball selections for Smith in Tennessee’s favor. The Vols are now favored to land Smith and have 83 percent of the forecasted predictions after his trip to Rocky Top:
Judging by recent Crystal Ball selections, looks like five-star in-state OL Trey Smith is headed to Tennessee pic.twitter.com/xS2OPDm06X
— SEC Mike (@MichaelWBratton) July 26, 2016
If Tennessee lives up to the hype and delivers on the field in 2016, Smith could prove to be the icing on the cake for a fan base longing to return to glory.