Mouhon relishes Vol visit

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Being an ultra-productive middle linebacker, Kevin Mouhon knows there's a time to read and there's a time to react.

Tennessee has been his confirmed leader for months, and he thoroughly enjoyed Saturday's campus visit as part of Foundation Weekend. Still, he's not ready to react with a public commitment to the Vols just yet.

"I'm just lying low in the recruiting process," he told InsideTennessee at the conclusion of Saturday's camp festivities.

Asked about his timetable for making a decision, he replied: "I don't really know yet."

When questioned about his leaders, he smiled and said, "I'm keeping it confidential."

Lest Vol fans think his fondness for Tennessee may be wavering, Mouhon's subsequent comments clearly suggest that is not the case. He described Vol head man Butch Jones as "a great coach with great character," adding: "I wouldn't mind being a player for him any day."

Mouhon also had kind words for running backs coach Robert Gillespie, who is serving as lead recruiter on him.

"He's a nice guy, funny," said Mouhon, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior at Norcross (Ga.) High School that FOX Sports NEXT ranks as the No. 25 middle linebacker prospect in the Class of 2014.

The fact Tennessee's recruiting class is ranked No. 1 nationally weighs heavily in the Vols' favor, as well.

"It really does help because you look at the other guys who come in with you in your class," Mouhon said. "You're going to spend the next four years of your life with them."

Asked if he has connected with any of the 2014 commitments who are in town for Foundation Weekend, Mouhon shook his head.

"Not yet," he said. "But, hopefully tomorrow (Sunday) I'll be able to connect with them."

After describing the camp as "pretty nice," he added: "It was pretty hot outside. That was the only (negative) thing."

Mouhon, who is attending the camp as an observer and not a participant, has visited Tennessee several times previously. Thus, he knew what to expect this weekend.

"Nothing really surprised me," he said. "Everything about Tennessee was my expectation – great school, great facilities, great tradition. Everything about it is great."

Mouhon can be pretty great himself. As a junior last fall he recorded 152 tackles, 5 sacks and 2 interceptions. He also scored a defensive touchdown. His play was so impressive that he was selected for the Rising Seniors Junior All-Star Game.

He described his style of play as "aggressive," adding: "I can get to the ball-carrier and help the team overall."

When asked what he brings to the lineup, he smiled.

"I bring a lot," he said. "I bring leadership. I can play any position they tell me to. That's a lot."

Still, his best position is middle linebacker. He finds it similar to tailback – a position he played early in his career – in that getting to the hole in a hurry is crucial.

"Middle linebacker's like tailback in a way: You've got to find the ball-carrier in the hole," he said.

Mouhon admitted that he misses carrying the football "just a little bit," adding: "I'll be playing around with the coach about putting me at tailback because I've got the speed."

Mouhon is not playing around about his college choice, however. Knowing the decision will have far-reaching consequences, he's very serious about choosing a place that meets all of his key requirements.

"Education, tradition, coaching staff," he said, "and if they can impact me for the next four years of my life."


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