Relationship building

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Corey Vereen admits he's been impressed with Tennessee's coaches from the start.

The Class of 2013 verbal commitment has been on campus in Knoxville several times over the last several months. The Tennessee aides have helped the Sunshine State product feel comfortable each time.

"The coaches had a plan for me, where I would fit in from the beginning. That's what drew me into Knoxville," Vereen said after the Orange & White game in April. 

Building a relationship with the men who will be honing his skills and teaching Vereen football over the next 3-5 years is key.

"I talked to (UT) coach Sal (Sunseri) for a little bit," Vereen said. "He talked about how the schemes were and the team's performance and the outcome of the game. He said it was a very good, very physical game. I also talked to coach (Derek) Dooley, and he also said he liked the outcome of the game, that no one got hurt and how they played. It really established what they're trying to do this year."

The 6-foot-2, 233-pound defensive end committed to the Big Orange in March, and he talked about how much Tennessee's new 3-4 defensive scheme drew him in.

"I rush off the edge. I love rushing after the quarterback. The new defense is very good for me. It's a very good fit," the three-star prospect said.

Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, South Florida and Central Florida also offered him scholarships before committing to Tennessee.

Vereen plays his prep football at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla. In the fall of 2011, he racked up 105 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and 16 sacks. 

He is the No. 65 defensive end prospect in his class, but Vereen also has outside linebacker skills. This makes him an ideal fit for the JACK position in the 3-4 scheme, and he said Sunseri has already given him specific areas of his game to work on.

"Coach Sal focuses on the fundamentals of playing defensive end and linebacker, definitely moving my feet, squeezing, blocking, making sure I take on the block with two hands, extending and making sure I make it to the ball as fast as I can without quitting," Vereen said.

He is one of seven Tennessee pledges, joining DeVondre Campbell, Jason Carr, Kameron Miles, Camion Patrick, Austin Sanders and Dominic Zanca.

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