Haines City's Law names leader

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Think if Tennessee wants Dacorius Law on its commitment list for the Class of 2014 he'll be there?

Pretty much.

After officially visiting Rocky Top this weekend, the Scout three-star busted out a grocery list of items that impressed him during his time on Rocky Top, including computers and classrooms.

"The Vol Walk stood out to me a lot; I think that was great," said Law, who spent a portion of the trip with Vols Alton Howard and Marlin Lane. "That was something I'd never seen before, something I've probably never seen another college do. I liked it a lot.

"The coaches treated me good. I love the coaches there. I love the players there. It's a great environment. I liked the field. Everything was awesome."

The visit to the Volunteer State showed the Haines City (Fla.) High School running back a side of nature he hadn't seen.

"This visit was great, very great," he said. "Trees changing colors? I've never seen nothing like that in Florida. Trees changing colors. Like I said, the Vol Walk was amazing. I'd never seen nothing like that in Florida. The weather…I like to say it was cold, it was horrible, but it was amazing at the same time. Every time I breathed I seen air coming out…wow!"

Law and several other official visitors played video games on a yacht as they were en route to the home of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones.

"Coach Jones, he kept everything down to earth with me, pretty much like we was best friends," Law said. "He talked to me like we was best friends like we knew each other for the longest. I think he's a pretty cool coach. I can get to know him, he can get to know me, and we can just start a family together."

The trip north allowed for Law to sit down with the man who's recruiting him to Tennessee — running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"It was great; he's a cool guy," Law said of Gillespie. "I can call him dad or uncle or brother. Pretty much we get along a lot. We sat and talked like we knew each other for 100 years. We just talked about anything. That's a great guy."

It wasn't all positive for Gillespie as the first-year aide tore a patellar tendon in a knee while celebrating a touchdown with Vols senior Rajion Neal during Saturday's loss to Auburn.

"I told him we'll create a new handshake when I get there. 'If I score a touchdown, we'll do our handshake.' No more jumping, no more jumping," Law said jokingly.

Confusion struck earlier this fall as words were twisted that led to some saying the country's No. 102 runner was verbally committed to Utah. Law says that's not the case, nor was it ever.

"I like Utah a lot," the 5-foot-11, 186-pounder said. "They made me feel like it's home. The classrooms made me feel like it was home. The teachers and coaches made it feel like home. But, right now I think it's too far.

"Pretty much I like Tennessee. I'm not committing but it might be Tennessee most likely at the end of the year.

"No, I'm not committed to Utah. I had went and said something and my words got twisted pretty much."

Iowa State and West Virginia join the Volunteers and Utes among the four favorites. The top items of importance to Haines City's star when deciding on a school are who the coaches are and a comfort level with the environment.

The Tennessee coaches gave Law a firm idea as to how he would be used.

"They told they was missing a speed back, an explosive back, and I told them that's everything I can do for you — speed, explosive, find holes, make plays, throw the ball, catch the ball, whatever you want me to do," said Law, who reports a 4.35-second 40-yard dash time.

"They told me they would put me at running back, let me wiggle around a little bit, score a couple touchdowns, go to slot, catch the ball, wiggle around a little bit, score some more touchdowns.

"It's a great fit. Spread keeps the linebackers off of me. I've got space to maneuver in and out the hole. I think it's great; it's a great offense."

While Tennessee and Utah are ahead of the competition and both have received official visits, Law maintains he will see the other two schools he's considering — Iowa State (in two weeks) and West Virginia (at the end of the year).

"They're pretty far behind," Law said of the Cyclones and Mountaineers, "but I'm just going to visit to see what they have to say and see what they have to offer. But, pretty much Tennessee is on top right now."

In Haines City's 47-0 season-ending win over Lake Region on Friday, Law scampered for 269 yards with a 97-yard scoring run. He also returned a punt 77 yards to the end zone. In the Hornets' previous contest, Law turned 10 carries into 147 yards with two TDs (23, 52). He again ripped open a foe on special teams by taking a 75-yard kickoff return to the house.

On the academic side of things, Law reports a high ACT score of 17 with a 2.6 grade point average. Plans are to major in Business or Sports Medicine. He is not enrolling in January.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the FOX Sports NEXT team July 2011.
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