"I'm going to take visits after the All American game in January," Stokes said. "I want to put it out there that I'm definitely taking one to Michigan. We have a date (Jan 9th-11th), but it's not finalized because I'll just be getting back from the US Army All American game.
"Yes, I have (other visits in mind), but I'm not ready for that to get out yet," he later added.
The talented receiver had actually spoken of interest in Michigan prior to his commitment to the Vols back in April, but the offer from the Maize & Blue didn't arrive until the day after his pledge. When the Wolverines saw an opportunity to get back in the game when Phil Fulmer was fired as Tennesse's headman they jumped right on it and have been working feverishly ever since.
"Coach Dews has been by my house twice so I've had a chance to talk to him for a while," Stokes told GoBlueWolverine Thursday night. "I actually just got off the phone with him about an hour ago. He was just here Tuesday. Before I committed to Tennessee he wasn't really recruiting me but after the whole Coach Fulmer thing we've been talking a lot. He is cool. I think he can definitely help me elevate my game to be greater than what I am at this moment. He seems like he is very personable. He is cool and we have a good relationship. He is a down to earth type of guy who is definitely fair, so I can't complain."
As for his commitment to Tennessee, Stokes admits to be shaken by Fulmer's firing and the subsequent parting of the ways between the Volunteers' new headman, Lane Kiffin, and five star quarterback Tajh Boyd. That said, Tennessee is still a team to be reckoned with.
"They still are (high on the list), but this is my future so I have to make sure I make the best decision," Stokes explained. "(The Tajh Boyd situation) did affect me, but I can't base my decision on Tajh. I have to make the best decision for me. The only thing is they don't have any other quarterback coming in and they need more quarterbacks to help get the program to where it needs to be."
The four star pass-catcher plans to take his time in settling on a decision. A final choice will most likely be announced on signing day.
"It's going to come down to just me feeling comfortable with the school, the opportunity to come in and compete right away, and having a good relationship with the coaches," he said. "The same things that I looked at when I committed (to Tennessee). A school that helps bring the best out of me. I'm already a great player and I'm trying to be better than what I am now. I want someone that is going to push me as I keep striving to be better. I want to go somewhere I can get a good degree and enjoy my college experience. All the schools in the mix are schools about nine – ten ours away driving, so distance isn't really a factor… as long it's not Texas or California… something kind of manageable."GoBlueWolverine will have more on Stokes in the coming weeks.