Johns Creek (Alpharetta, Ga.) tight end Tommy Tremble entered the month of April with mainly Ivy League offers, but after a stellar performance at the Nike Opening in Atlanta, Ga., the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder has seen his recruitment surge.
To say the least.
Vanderbilt was the first power-five offer to come in, and the Commodores were followed in succession by Maryland, Tennessee and Minnesota on April 3. Meanwhile, Tremble has been hearing from numerous other SEC/ACC schools that could be entering the picture in short order.
“Man, I don’t even know what to think right now,” laughed Tremble, the son of former NFL player Greg Tremble (Browns, Eagles, Cowboys). “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was little. I’ve always sort of been slept on for some reason all through school, but I feel like all this hard work is finally paying off. It’s a blessing; it’s God’s will. I’ve been working hard, and I’m not going to stop.”
Prior to the spring, Tremble had looks from schools like Columbia, Harvard, Yale and Princeton. Then, he landed an offer from what he dubbed “the Harvard of the South.”
“Man, when Vanderbilt offered, that was crazy,” Tremble said. “I visited there as a freshman, just to see the campus, and I loved it there. Everything was beautiful there, the atmosphere was great and I really enjoyed being there.
“It’s a great place to be, it’s in the SEC, it’s great football, and obviously it’s great academics.”
Tremble said he just began hearing from the Vandy coaches in late March.
“But then I called their one coach and he asked me what I thought about Vanderbilt and knew about the school,” the Johns Creek product said. “I told him I thought it was a great program and a great school, and he said I had the offer.
“I was at a loss for words. I can’t even express how happy I was.”
A couple days after the Commodores pulled through, Maryland came in. Tremble said he’d been in touch with UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell, tight ends coach Pete Lembo and another Maryland graduate assistant.
“I’ve known the Maryland staff for like a week-and-a-half,” Tremble said. “Every day I’ve been hearing from them. They seem like nice guys and great personalities. Then they texted me and said they’d gone over my film and I had the offer. That was a another great offer to get.”
Tremble said Maryland’s Big Ten affiliation, academic reputation and the staff’s pursuit have him considering visiting College Park, Md.
“I love their coaches and what they’ve been telling me,” Tremble said. “It sounds like a great school and great football too. I know Carlos [Carriere], who is right down the street at Alpharetta, he’s going there, so that’s cool. And I remember watching the Terps on TV growing up and seeing all those crazy [Under Armour] uniforms (laughs).”
Shortly after Bell pulled the trigger on an offer, Tremble heard from the Tennessee staff. The Vols represented arguably Tremble’s most significant offer to date, and he was especially excited to have the verbal.
“When my dad was coming out of high school he chose between Georgia, Tennessee and FSU, and even though he went to UGA, Tennessee is a school I’ve always sort of heard about. I’ve been there before just for a visit, and I loved it,” Tremble said. “It’s a beautiful campus, it’s a crazy fan base, and it’s a big-time SEC school. I love where it’s located in the city. And the football there is phenomenal, and it’s pretty good academics too. Tennessee is a school that I’ve always sort of known about.”
Last but not least, there’s Minnesota. Tremble said he spent about a half-hour on the phone with a Gophers’ coach and is excited to learn more about the Gophers.
“Just the way the coach was talking about the school, the academics there, and all the top-25 athletic programs they have, it really sounds like a cool place,” Tremble said. “It’s right in Minneapolis too, the Mall of America is right around there and it sounds like there’s a lot to do. I’d really like to check them out.”
So far, Tremble has visited Yale, Columbia and Princeton this offseason. He’ll be at Georgia April 8, Tennessee April 15 and then will decide which other campuses to see after that.
“Georgia could offer when I visit, and if they do that would be crazy,” Tremble said. “My dad went there, and it’s a school I’ve watched since I was little. That would be a huge offer for me.”
Besides UGA, Tremble is also hearing from coaches from Duke and South Carolina. He said a Blue Devils’ scholarship would be a potential game-changer due to the school’s academic reputation and solid football program.
“You never know what’s going to happen with football, so academics and getting a great degree are very important,” Tremble said. “Also, you’ve got to have a good relationship with your coaches and the players on the team. So those are the main things I’m looking for [in a college].”