Vereen continues to gather offers

InsideTennessee is hard on the trail of Class of 2013 prospects as the scholarship offers are sent out to Tennessee targets all across the country. Sign in or subscribe now to read this story about one such recruit.

With Tennessee changing out six assistant coaching positions in two months and a pressing need to finish strong with the Class of 2012, Derek Dooley and his undermanned staff had to slow down in their recruitment of younger prospects.

As InsideTennessee noted first on Thursday, Dooley added Derrick Ansley to the staff as a defensive backs coach. Thus, all vacancies have been filled and it's all systems go.

As a result, more Class of 2013 prospects are hearing from the Big Orange, including Corey Vereen, who got a scholarship offer to play football at Tennessee on Wednesday.

"Getting an offer from them felt good because they've got a real good program," the Winter Garden, Fla., native said. "It's a great school, great campus, very good coaching staff. I got a chance to talk to (defensive coordinator) coach Sal (Sunseri). He said he loved me and all. He likes how I play coming off the edge. So, that was pretty good.

"I like a few other schools. The offers have been good, but I still have to work at stuff. It was a very good offer. I thanked them for it. The offer means a lot to me."

Other schools who have offered include Florida State, Minnesota, South Florida and UCF.

Vereen, who is being recruited as either a defensive end or outside linebacker, tripped to Knoxville last season to see the Volunteers face top-ranked LSU on Oct. 15.

"It was a big family atmosphere," Vereen said of Neyland Stadium. "A lot of people went to the game; I liked that. A lot of people went to the game. I saw Tennessee everywhere whether it was going into stores or restaurants. It was big-time but at the same time it was a small, college school.

"I met some recruits from my area, and I think I met the D-line coach."

The West Orange (Fla.) High School product measured up at 6-foot-1 1/2 and 230 pounds officially at the Under Armour Combine in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., back on Dec. 31. He clocked a 40-yard dash time of 4.93 seconds with a vertical leap of 28.5 inches and 17 repetitions on the 185-pound bench press.

Not only did Vereen showcase his talents that Saturday, he also stuck around to see the Under Armour All-American game from the surface at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., five days later.

"The whole field was pretty good," he said. "The combine let me know where I was as an athlete. I saw what I needed to work on. So, that was pretty good.

"The Under Armour game was nice too."

Vereen said he wants to come back to Tennessee to "check things out" and plans to be back at Neyland Stadium for the Orange & White game on April 21.

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