The unofficial visit is key in the recruitment of the South’s elite college football prospects.
The coaching staff at Tennessee was able to pack a load of unofficial visitors into Neyland Stadium for its matchup with Southeastern Conference rival Alabama on Saturday night.
Among those in attendance was Tre Lamar.
“It was my first time in Tennessee in general,” Lamar said. “It was awesome just to see the environment they had there. I don’t think I’ve been to a stadium this big yet. How they sold it out was crazy.”
The No. 2-rated junior outside linebacker in the Peach State says he’s also seen games at Alabama, Georgia Tech and South Carolina.
Lamar, who says he’s had his Tennessee scholarship offer a “couple months,” plays at Rosewell (Ga.) High School and is ranked the No. 25 outside linebacker prospect in the 2016 signing class. He told InsideTennessee that the Vols’ roster entices him.
“I like them a lot,” he said. “They’ve got a young team. So, I like that and how when I graduate they’ll be older and just keep maturing into a better team. So, I like that.”
In the game Lamar saw, No. 4 Alabama jumped out to a 27-point lead before the Volunteers rallied. It was too great of a deficit in the end as the Tide held on to win 34-20.
“I definitely think it’s a plus to see that the coaches coach their players to never give up on a game and how they just kept battling back,” the four-star said.
The Roswell, Georgia, native has learned about Tennessee’s program from linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen and defensive graduate assistant Larry Knight.
“(Thigpen)’s a great guy,” Lamar said. “I talked with him before the game, and we just talked about the players they have now and how he wanted me to be able to talk with A.J. Johnson. So, yeah, he’s a great guy.”
While rated as an outside ‘backer, the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder might would slide inside if he were to call Rocky Top home.
“I think they see me as a middle linebacker,” Lamar said. “I think I’m a linebacker that can play sideline to sideline and fills gaps well.”