Vols lead 'by a long shot' for Reid

InsideTennessee brings you the hottest recruiting news around Rocky Top. Scroll down to read about a three-star running back who says the Vols are his firm leaders after a recent visit.

Sometimes, you just can't beat a feeling.

He can't exactly put a finger on why, but every time Scout three-star running back Rocky Reid is on Tennessee's campus he says he feels "at home."

And after receiving a scholarship offer from Vols coach Butch Jones during a junior day visit to Knoxville on March 1, Reid says Tennessee leads by "a long shot."

"The Vols are my top team by far, man," Reid told InsideTennessee. "I love Tennessee. It's just home there."

When asked why he feels so comfortable at Tennessee, the 6-foot, 215-pounder rattles off a winding list of reasons that touches on everything from the coaching staff to the newly remodeled football facilities.

"It's just the best. It's just a great atmosphere – just a great place," Reid told IT. "Like, I love everything about Tennessee. It's a great place to be, man. It's a good spot for my parents and my family. We just feel comfortable there."

While the Vols are clearly Reid's frontrunners, he says N.C. State, Louisville, Wake Forest, Arkansas, Kansas State and Georgia Tech are the programs chasing the orange and white.

The biggest difference?

Tennessee's coaching staff.

"I've never been around coaches like (Tennessee's). They just get it, man," Reid told IT. "The entire staff makes you feel like a family. I haven't found anything like it.

"We're really close, me and all the coaches. I talk to Tennessee the most out of any other school. We're building a relationship every day. I love talking to their coaches, man."

Reid speaks highly of Tennessee running backs coach Robert Gillespie and tight ends coach Mark Elder, who are serving as his lead recruiters. But he raves about Jones and his vision for the program.

"(Jones is) a great guy. Not just because he's going to get the job done, ‘cuz he will, he's just the kind of person who you can trust with everything," Reid said. "From getting you coached up to just being a role model. He's as good as they get, man."

The Concord (N.C.) High School standout also was impressed by the way Jones conducts practice, as he was able to view a spring practice from the sideline during his trip.

"I was glad I got to see it," Reid told IT. "I've never seen a practice that energetic. That was awesome."

Reid plans on returning to Knoxville for the Vols' spring game on April 12. He also has upcoming visits to Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Louisville.

Currently, Reid plans on making his commitment before the start of his senior season.

During his junior season, Reid finished with more than 3,300 yards rushing and tallied 40 touchdowns.


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