Ordway: 'Tennessee shows me love'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — You can't teach size and length.

That's a large reason why Scout four-star cornerback Cameron Ordway's recruitment continues to heat up.

"I just feel blessed by it all," Ordway told InsideTennessee. "I'm just trying to soak it all in and enjoy everything. But it's been getting crazy over the past few weeks."

The 6-foot-1. 170-pounder has been visited recently by coaches from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida State, Alabama, Notre Dame and LSU.

While Ordway doesn't have a clear-cut list of leaders just yet, he admits Tennessee, Florida State and Alabama have been recruiting him hardest and may be beginning to stick out amongst the pack of his more than a dozen offers.

"I like when a school shows that they really want me," Ordway said. "Those schools who really are on me all the time and really going out of their way to recruit me, that tells me a lot about a school."

Ordway says a good relationship with a program's coaching staff is his biggest priority in his still-young recruitment.

With that said, Vols fans will be pleased to hear that the Giles County (Tenn.) High School standout calls his relationship with Tennessee coaches "extremely strong."

"I love how they recruit, man. The coaching staff, they're on me real hard," Ordway told IT. "They show a lot of interest and they really show you they care and want you bad. They're good at what they do, man."

The nation's No. 22 cornerback prospect hears most from Tennessee defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen, calling both men "great guys."

"It's great. I talk to both of them all the time. I feel real close with them. They've been on me for a while now," Ordway said. "I'm real close with them, maybe the closest of any school. They're selling me Tennessee all the time."

Martinez and Thigpen got some "selling" help over the weekend, as Ordway said Tennessee commit Jack Jones talked to him endlessly about pledging to the Vols' 2015 class at last weekend's Tennessee Exposure Camp at Tennessee State University.

"(Jones) is always talking to me about Tennessee," Ordway said. "He's good at selling kids like that. You know if (Jones) is at an event, he's going to be in your ear all day. He's always talking about owning the state and stuff like that."

Ordway finds the idea of playing his college ball in-state appealing, dubbing the short three-hour drive to Knoxville a "big advantage" for the Vols.

"It means a lot to me playing in state," Ordway told IT. "That's our school right there. And, you know, I love the fact that I'd be able to have family come up and watch me all the time."

Another positive Ordway sees in Tennessee is the potential to contribute right away.

Ordway said he watched Vols' then-freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton closely last season and knows the orange and white may field another freshman starter next fall.

"They don't care how much experience you have or how old you are," Ordway said. "If you're the best, you're going to play. They obviously can coach you up to succeed, too. Sutton played real, real good last year."

Ordway said he's planning to visit Ohio State soon.


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