Grayson sees 'another side' on unofficial

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As Tennessee searches for ball carriers to join its 2013 recruiting class, the staff is doing an incredible job already of getting some of the top names on the board to Knoxville to see what Neyland Stadium is like on a gameday.

Derrick Green, Derrick Henry and A.J. Turman all seemed to enjoy themselves when the Volunteers played host to Florida on Sept. 15. Not to be lost in the shuffle was Marquez Grayson.

The FOX Sports NEXT three-star visited The Hill both in the spring and summer, but got a taste of life amongst Big Orange Country.

"Well, it was great just coming in and seeing all the orange, seeing all the fan support. It was great," Grayson told InsideTennessee after his unofficial visit. "Just seeing the fans here makes it great.

"Every time I come here I learn something new basically. (That Saturday) I saw another side I've never seen from Tennessee."

The No. 33 running back in the country shared similar thoughts on the 37-20 loss to the Gators as several others.

"If they would have come out and ran the ball a little more in the second half, it probably would have been similar to the first half. So, the running backs are running the ball well," the native of Lexington, N.C., said.

Tennessee is in a battle for the 6-foot, 200-pounder's services with numerous other BCS schools like North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. He said he does not have a list of finalists and has not set up any official visits.

"It's kind of all out on the table. I'm just going to places to see where I can fit it."

Leading the charge for the Vols in his recruitment is running backs coach and fellow North Carolina native Jay Graham.

"Me and (Graham), we have that connection. I can't say we don't," Grayson said.

"It's always fun. It's always something new with him. We laugh and joke around and talk about football, sports, just things guys do."

In his sophomore and junior seasons combined, Grayson ran for 2,471 yards.

In the 2012 season opener, Grayson toted the rock 17 times for 119 yards. He scored the lone touchdown for the Yellow Jackets in a 16-7 loss on a 71-yard run.

He had 73 yards on nine carries in Lexington's 34-28 overtime win over North Stanly back on Aug. 24. However, he suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter, which has slowed his senior season.

When asked if followers of Tennessee recruiting can expect to see him on campus again this fall, Grayson said: "I'll be back soon."

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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