Vols coaches continue visits to New Mexico

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Amidst the car rides and flight boarding in closing out the No. 4 signing class nationally for 2014, Tennessee coaches had an eye toward the future.

Making stops to see coaches of blue-chip sophomores and juniors was a priority for the latter portion of January. Both Tennessee coach Butch Jones and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian stopped by Eldorado High School in Albuquerque, N.M.

The reason? Zach Gentry.

"It meant a lot for them to come out a week and a half before Signing Day," Gentry told InsideTennessee. "So, what was pretty special."

It wasn't Bajakian's first trip to New Mexico.

"It's the third time I've seen him (Bajakian) so that means a lot that he's regularly coming to check on me," Scout's No. 20 quarterback in the 2015 class said. "They're investing a lot of time and energy coming out to see me. So, that means a lot for sure."

Gentry, who rates as a Scout four-star prospect, says the Tennessee staff isn't pressuring him to pull the trigger on a verbal commitment.

"They want me to come out in the spring on the next available time I can get out," he said. "I talked to my family a little bit. I think we're going to try to get out to watch the spring game. I think that's going to work out well. They haven't pushed me, but they've been making it known that they're not recruiting a 2014 and making the situation known."

Tennessee's final spring scrimmage is the Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on April 12.

A strong impression that weekend could help the Volunteers' chances at landing the 6-foot-6, 232-pounder.

"They're the biggest program," Gentry said of Tennessee, "and they've shown me the most interest of any school, especially with the coaches coming out as much as they have and continuing to be in contact with me as much as they have. It's definitely something to consider for sure."

The top prospect in New Mexico doesn't currently have plans to see other campuses.

"Not so far, no sir. Tennessee is the only place so far that I'm itching to go out and see," he said.

Oklahoma State and Texas Christian are two programs that have placed offers on the table of late. An Oregon offer is a possibility as Ducks coach Mark Helfrich tripped to Albuquerque in December.

Gentry's brother plays at New Mexico, which is another school that offered.

"I don't think him being there necessarily swings me either way. I talk to my family about everything, and they make it known that it's my decision and wherever I'm comfortable that's where I should go."

Gentry says he is taking the ACT in the coming weeks. He doesn't know if he can enroll in January or not.

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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 Scout team July 2011.
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