Four-star set to see Vols

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Tennessee Volunteers defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri has extensive knowledge of the northeast United States and its fertile recruiting grounds.

Since coming on staff he has started to reach out into his old stomping grounds and one player who is listening is four-star corner Kirk Garner.

"I have talked to Coach (Derrick) Ansley and Coach Sal," Garner told InsideTennessee. "Coach Sal is a real cool guy. He has just been trying to sell me on Tennessee and get me down there for a visit so they can get my commitment."

Garner was originally scheduled to see Tennessee for their first scrimmage on April 6, but was unable to make the trip due to a death in the family. He now has plans to get informed on everything the Vols have to offer on April 21 for the Orange and White Game.

"I don't know very much about Tennessee yet," he said. "I know that Eric Berry came out of Tennessee and he is a great defensive back. And I know they are a pretty young team."

Garner already has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida State, Houston, Maryland, Nebraska, NC State, Ohio, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Navy.

"I know that Eric Berry came out of Tennessee and he is a great defensive back."

Kirk Garner

The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder hasn't started whittling down his list quite yet and considers himself wide open.

"I am interested in all the schools that have offered me so far," Garner said. "I haven't really narrowed anything down yet. I am looking forward to forming some top schools, but I am not to that point yet."

Garner, who reports a 3.1 core GPA, says that early playing time and academics will be the key factors in his recruitment, which could work in Tennessee's favor.

"I know the defensive backs playing for Tennessee are getting older," he said. "They have like three seniors slotted to start this year. That definitely makes it a place where there is an opportunity to play early."

The rising senior also wants to create a strong bond with his future coaches in order to move on to the next phase in his life.

"Academics and early playing time are really important to me," he said. "After those two things the coaching staff is really important. It is the place where I am going to spend my next four years so I want it to feel like a home away from home. I want to be comfortable with everyone around the program."

Garner is ranked as the No. 17 corner in the 2013 recruiting class by

Chris Price is a staff writer for He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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