Vereen Schedules Official Visits

Despite insisting his verbal commitment to Tennessee is firm, Daryl Vereen has scheduled official visits with both North Carolina and NC State.

"I think my dad's talking about me taking other officials – he wants me to take one to [N.C.] State and [North] Carolina," said Vereen. "Carolina is this weekend coming up. On January 26th, I'm going up to State with Justin Byers."

In early December, Vereen, a 6-foot 195-pound athlete from Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg, took his official visit to Knoxville and feels the bar has been set pretty high by the Volunteers.

"I had a really good time [on my official visit]," said Vereen. "It's going to be hard to top Tennessee."

Vereen, who verbally committed to the Volunteers in June, says he's taking these visits to assure himself that Tennessee is the place for him.

"They give you five official visits to take so that you can learn about these schools and make the best decision," said Vereen. "In my junior and half of my senior years, I didn't talk to State or Carolina. I haven't really been on campus for a whole day to see how it is. I don't want to make a decision and I haven't looked at all my options."

With the dismissal of Dave Brock, Tommy Thigpen is now handling Vereen's recruitment.

"I might talk to [Thigpen] once or twice a week – maybe," said Vereen. "Not that much, but I talk to him. He talks more to my dad."

Thigpen invited Vereen up to Chapel Hill this past Sunday for North Carolina's basketball game against Florida State and to meet head coach Butch Davis.

"It wasn't like a one-on-one talk," said Vereen. "It was like me and a couple of other recruits and commits were there, so he just took us in his office and really just talked to us. He's saying that he's going to turn that program around.

"He's a real nice guy. He's a real good coach. He has a lot of tradition."

Although there hasn't been much talk regarding the status of a possible UNC scholarship offer, Vereen said he would reevaluate his situation if one was offered, despite his pledge to the Volunteers.

"I would consider [a UNC offer], but I made a solid commitment to Tennessee," said Vereen. "As a man, I want to keep my word. But if I talk to [UNC] more and get to know about more about the program – because I don't know that much about Carolina really – I might learn to like it more. Right now, I've made a solid commitment to Tennessee."

According to Vereen, all three aforementioned schools are recruiting him for tailback.

During his senior season, Vereen played tailback and broke the county record for rushing yards in a season by collecting 2,603 yards. He also scored 31 touchdowns.

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