Reid joins 'the family'

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Throughout his recruitment, Rocky Reid referred to Tennessee as "one big family."

Saturday, he officially became apart of it.

The Scout three-star running back finally pulled the trigger on the school he once said "leads by a long shot" and "just feels like home," committing to the Vols during his visit to Knoxville for the Orange & White spring game.

"This place gets better every time I come back," Reid told InsideTennessee. "I just love this place more and more."

Reid gives Tennessee 11 commitments in its ninth-ranked 2015 class. He owns more than a dozen offers from schools such as Georgia Tech, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Louisville, West Virginia and North Carolina State.

His decision came shortly after he departed Neyland Stadium, which was filled with more than 68,000 fans for the spring game that featured music, one-on-one drills and more.

Reid described the experience as "unbelievable."

"It was a great environment. I wanted to jump out there and play. All the fans out here," Reid told IT. "It was just awesome. It's just one big family. I loved that spring game. I loved how he ran the game. It was so intense, so fun. He's just a good, solid guy. Like I said, it's just a family feel here."

When asked why the Tennessee program gives off a "family feel," Reid lists his relationship with Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and running backs coach Robert Gillespie.

"We're so close," Reid said. "They're just good people. I love how much they care. Every one sticks together here."

Reid's praise for Tennessee's coaching staff is endless. He called Vols coaches "difference-makers" and a group that just seems to "get it."

"They're real great, man," Reid said. "For real."

Along with finding a program where he "felt at home," Reid said he was looking for a school with sound academics. He believes he's found that in Tennessee.

"It's more than about football here," Reid said. "They take care of you and make sure you have more options if football doesn't work out. I really like that."

The 6-foot, 215-pounder picked up his Vols offer during a visit in early March for a junior day event. At the time, it marked Reid's second visit to Tennessee. He had also visited for the Vanderbilt game last season, but he walked away "extremely impressed" with the Vos after touring camps and checking out a spring practice.

From there, it only seemed like a matter of time before he jumped on board.

"It's just the best. It's just a great atmosphere – just a great place," Reid said shortly after the visit. "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. You can't beat it here, for real. This is just the place to be."

The North Carolina native burst onto the recruiting scene after a break out junior season at Concord High School, where he tallied more than 3,300 rushing yards and 40 rushing touchdowns.

With the departures of seniors Marlin Lane and Devrin Young after this season, Reid bolster what will be an extremely inexperienced running back group next fall.

Reid will likely jostle for carries alongside 2014 signees Jalen Hurd, Derrell Scott and Treyvon Paulk.

Reid isn't praised for his speed, but is said to have great burst, vision and strength.


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