Ofodile investing time in Tennessee

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A bevy of talented prospects flocked to Tennessee for a spring junior day Saturday, including Alex Ofodile.

The Scout four-star wide receiver spent time watching the Volunteers practice that morning before sitting down with head coach Butch Jones, wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni and others.

The Rock Bridge (Mo.) High School standout had fond things to say about his time on Rocky Top (his second).

"Just the overall feel of the staff; I like every single coach on the staff," Ofodile told InsideTennessee. "Talking to them personally, I like them a lot. They recruit me pretty hard, too. They're investing time in me, so I'll definitely invest time back in them.

"I liked the overall visit. The best part probably was I got to sit down and talk some offensive scheme with coach Azzanni and see where I fit in. So, overall I liked it a lot."

Azzanni, who is also Tennessee's recruiting coordinator, has already logged numerous miles tripping to Columbia, Mo., to check in on The Show Me State's top prospect in the 2015 class, broke down how Ofodile figures in the Big Orange plans.

"He was just saying how he could use me inside and outside and just saying how he thinks I would compliment everybody he has now," the No. 79 recruit in the Scout 300 said. "He was saying he wants a lot of talent in his room."

The support system at Tennessee loaded up buses of targets and their families for an informative trip around campus.

"The facilities are amazing," Ofodile said. "Just being back in the summer it was nice. Coming back I was even more amazed with everything I saw. So, it was definitely amazing seeing all that stuff."

Practices under Jones and his staff carry a different tempo and style from many other programs.

"I've never seen anything like that with the music going and then everybody kind of has good vibes going," Ofodile said. "I liked that a lot; I hadn't seen that yet. So that was definitely special."

Ofodile got an up-close look at what receivers on the SEC level look like. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder thinks he can match up.

"Coming in as a freshman, it's always going to be tough, but I think eventually I could stack up pretty well. I don't have to be as fast for what my skill set is since I'm so big. So, I think I stack up well."

Between the meetings with coaches, interacting with Vols commitments, the lunch and tour, the Orange & White appear to have helped themselves in landing the receiver.

"I like Tennessee a lot, for sure," Ofodile said. "I'm going to take a lot more visits and see. Then, I'll probably know where they stand so…and I'll probably know around August where they stand, for sure."

The best receiver in Missouri next plans to trip to Nebraska, then possibly Louisville and Michigan State.

It looks like Tennessee will welcome Ofodile for a third unofficial visit in a few months.

"Yeah, I'll definitely come back for sure — maybe sometime in the summer," he said.

Before he makes a public declaration, Ofodile says he has specific factors he's reviewing.

"I wouldn't say close to home. Mine is probably a combination of style of offense and depth chart.

"Talking with coach Z, they do a lot of similar things to what I'm doing now. I think I could fit right in."

In 2013, the U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection caught 89 passes for 1,293 yards with 15 touchdowns.

As Scout's No. 8 wide receiver in the nation, Ofodile has plenty of attention coming his way.

"It's not tough to stay humble," he said, "it's actually humbling because when you get that label, everybody's coming for you. You kind of want to stay on top. You become a marked man when you get that label. You just keep working hard so you can keep that ranking."

InsideTennessee.com's Riley Blevins contributed to this report.

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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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