Angel still getting 'good vibes' from Vols

InsideTennessee keeps readers updated on all the latest Tennessee recruiting news. Scroll down to read about in-state standout Gabe Angel and get his thoughts on his most recent visit to Rocky Top.

Gabe Angel has visited Tennessee's campus more times than he can remember, so there's not much the Scout four-star tight end doesn't know about the Vols.

Angel isn't making the short trip to Knoxville to learn, rather to reconfirm what he already knows about the Tennessee program: he likes the Vols' coaches, the passionate fan base and the program's family feel.

"I just get positive vibes every time I'm up here," Angel told InsideTennessee. "Coach (Butch) Jones, he's turning it around. They have a lot going for them. It's a good place, man."

The Cookeville (Tenn.) High School standout most recently visited Rocky Top to watch the Vols' Orange & White spring game on April 12.

Angel said watching several Tennessee early enrollees — specifically in-state standouts Josh Malone and Jalen Hurd — shine in front of nearly 70,000 spectators was his favorite part of the trip.

"It was good. The offense did really well. I loved seeing that. They looked crisp. The early enrollees, especially," Angel told IT. "Josh and Jalen, they did really, really well."

Angel said watching Tennessee's newcomers perform well was "exactly what he wanted to see," adding that he's well aware if he decides to don orange at the college level he has the chance to play right away.

"It just lets you know you can come here and make an impact immediately. That's a really good thing about Tennessee," Angel said. "I love watching those players from Tennessee, you know those guys right here from home, make an impact."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder could certainly make an impact immediately, but on which side of the ball is still yet to be determined.

Angel said Tennessee has not specified which position he'd play should he join the Vols' 2016 class. He says tight end and linebacker are the most discussed options.

"They're keeping it open," ‘Angel said. "I don't mind that."

Other than watching Tennessee's new-look offense put up big numbers, Angel said he enjoyed the "usual" during he visit.

The "usual" being spending time with coaches and touring the always-evolving facilities.

"Seeing new stuff — like graphics and decorations — is always going up in the facility, so that's always cool to check out," Angel told IT. "I always like just spending time with the staff. I feel really comfortable around them."

Angel still has no timetable for a decision.

Alongside Tennessee, he says Ole Miss and Kentucky are pursuing him hardest.


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