Rahming details 2nd Tennessee visit

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T.J. Rahming first saw the Tennessee campus in Knoxville last July.

Since then, the McEachern (Ga.) High School junior wide receiver helped lead the Indians to within a game of a state championship and added seven scholarship offers.

Rahming made a return trip with Indians teammates to Tennessee on Saturday for the school's second junior day of the year. However, this drive north from Powder Springs, Ga., came with more time with coach and guided bus ride around The Hill.

"Everything is all close together; it's like one great community," Rahming said of Tennessee's campus. "Everything is not far even though it's a big campus."

The tour of the campus included a stop by Neyland Stadium and the Peyton Manning Locker Room where he and teammates tried on game jerseys of the Vols.

"The experience was good," Rahming said. "They actually played a video for Tennessee football and shortly after the video we tried on a jersey. I felt the atmosphere there and how it is and it was pretty good."

Wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni is the lead recruiter for Tennessee for the Scout three-star wide receiver.

"Coach Z is real cool," Rahming said. "As soon as I met him, that bond started from right there. He was just real cool with me."

At 5 feet 9, 157 pounds, Rahming figures to be a slot receiver on the next level.

"I like both of them (slot and wide) a lot. I actually like the slot a little bit better."

He's not terribly far from hitting a desired weight before he enrolls in school at the university of his choice.

"I'm not really sure right now because coach Z was telling me as long as I come in around 160-165, once I get on the meal plan and stuff like that, the weight will get put on me. So, I'm really just trying to get to 160-165, but if I can get bigger then I will."

Other schools with offers on the table aside from the Vols (first to offer) include Cincinnati, Duke, Marshall, Massachusetts, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.

Florida State has shown interest and the feeling is mutual. He also noted that he'd fit well in Oklahoma's offensive scheme.

"I'm completely wide open with it," Rahming said of his recruitment. "Tennessee, of course, they lead because I took the visit first and the coaches have really shown me around and stuff like that. I have to visit more of the schools that offered me."

The wideout says he'll likely visit Auburn next week "because they're pretty close to offering." A Duke trip figures to go down after spring break around April 22.

Another ride to Rocky Top won't happen soon but several more are on the docket.

"I might go up one more time over the summer. I won't be able to catch the spring game, but I want to go one more time in the summer and of course get to see games," he said.

In his junior finale, Rahming caught a touchdown pass for one of McEachern's three scores in the Indians' 27-21 loss to North Gwinnett in the GHSA Class AAAAAA state semifinals.

McEachern boasts a talented roster that not only has Rahming but also others with Tennessee offers like four-star offensive tackle Chuma Edoga, four-star running back Taj Griffin, four-star defensive tackle Julian Rochester and cornerback Tyler Woodley. It's that type of talent, Rahming says, that makes him better every practice.

"Actually it helps me a lot because I get to work," Rahming said. "It really teaches me to stay humble because some of my teammates are bigger than me and have more size. I just stay humble and keep working and they're helping me get getter."

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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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