Two schools lead for Alabi

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Knoxville may be more than 500 miles from his home in Detroit, but the distance isn't a factor for Joshua Alabi.

After visiting the Vols for the second time during a junior day event over the weekend, the Scout-three star defensive end said Tennessee simply feels like home.

"I just feel comfortable here, man," Alabi told InsideTennessee. "It feels like home to me. I love it. I just have a good time every time I'm up here."

After what he called an "excellent" visit, Alabi said his recruitment is now a firm two-headed race between Tennessee and Michigan State.

The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder said the Vols and Spartans are neck and neck at the moment and adds that he has no timetable for a decision.

Alabi said he'd like to learn more about both programs and chat with his parents before he pulls the trigger. Which program offers the easy route to early playing time will likely be the largest factor in his decision, whenever it may come.

He is adamant when saying distance from home will not play a role in his future commitment.

"Either way, I'll have to leave home sooner or later at some point," the Cass Technical (Mich.) High School standout said. "It really don't matter."

When asked what about Tennessee makes him feel "at home," Alabi points to the Vols' coaching staff.

"I think it's the orange. I'm just playing. But I do like the color orange," Alabi told IT. "Coach (Steve Stripling), Butch (Jones)– the coaching staff, man, they just make you feel like home."

Alabi can't exactly put a finger on how Tennessee's coaches make him feel so comfortable, but he says their Michigan ties may have something to do with it.

"They say they from Michigan so that could have a little affect on me," Alabi said. "… Just knowing that they from Michigan makes me feel better."

Alabi spent the day talking with Jones and Stripling, touring the campus and the facilities, and playing video games and cornhole with fellow recruits and current Vol players.

"It was just a good visit as always, man," Alabi said.

Alabi and the rest of the recruits also got the chance to explore Tennessee's newly redone athletic facilities.

While Alabi said he was "very impressed" by the tour, he believes Tennessee and Michigan State have "equal" indoor facilities.


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