Do Vols lead for Class of 2014 DT?

InsideTennessee keeps you on top of the latest football recruiting news. Scroll down to read a story on a three-star who is high on the Vols.

Above all, Courtney Garnett wants to play for a winner.

And the Scout three-star defensive tackle believes Tennessee is only a few recruiting classes away from being just that.

The Class of 2014 standout, who decommited from Texas after the departure of Mack Brown, said he has grown very fond of the Vols since reopening his recruitment.

"I mean, they have that recruiting class going and they have some really good kids in that," Garnett told InsideTennessee. "A lot of good kids are headed that way. I see a great future if I go there. I really believe coach (Butch) Jones has that program headed in the right direction."

While the 6-foot-2, 283-pounder currently lists Tennessee as his second favorite school at the moment behind Oklahoma, he'll have a better idea of his true leader after he takes a trio of late visits.

Garnett plans to trip to Oklahoma on Jan. 17, Tennessee on Jan. 24 and finally to Oregon on Jan. 30.

The nation's No. 58 defensive tackle has never seen those campuses. He admits the visits will go a long way in determining where he pledges.

"I've never been to either schools, so anything can really happen once I see them and which I feel comfortable with," Garnett said. "I just want to see who stands out during these visits."

The New Orleans native said Tennessee has been in contact with him most since he broke ties to the Longhorns.

Garnett has been hearing from Tennessee defensive line coach Steve Stripling and head coach Jones, saying his still-growing relationship with those two have him "very excited" to trip to Knoxville.

"I feel a really strong connection with all the Tennessee coaches I've talked to," Garnett told IT. "They're all great men and I'd love to play for them. I'm looking forward to being around them."

Garnett said a major appeal to Tennessee is the chance for early playing time, something he says Stripling brings up every time they talk.

"They lose all their D-line and they're telling me they need guys to come in and fill in those spots right away," Garnett said. "I really like that. That'd be exciting to come in and play early."

Garnett said he doesn't plan to wait until National Signing Day to announce his college plans, rather he'll commit when he feels the time is right.

"Just, I want to feel comfortable at the school, on the campus and with the coaches and stuff," Garnett told IT. "Whenever I just have that feeling, that's where I'm going to go. Like I said, these visits will help me figure it out."

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