Quart'e Sapp is scheduled to take an official visit to Tennessee this weekend. The Vols are the favorite to land the Scout four-star prospect, who is coming off a stellar senior campaign at Milton High School in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Sapp’s head coach, Tony “Howie” DeCristofaro, is unaware of which school the outside linebacker will choose to attend, but believes Tennessee has a geographical advantage.
“I really don’t think he knows right now,” DeCristofaro told InsideTennessee. “Michigan State runs a scheme that’s similar to ours. But I think he’d rather be closer to home than go that far away. That’s just my opinion. I think the weather would also have something to do with it.”
DeCristofaro has supported Sapp in his recruitment, but has paid little attention to the process during Milton’s 11-2 (7-1 GHSA Class 6A, Region 5) season. The coach has had limited interaction with Tennessee’s staff during its pursuit of the prized linebacker.
“I try not to get too involved with the other coaches,” DeCristofaro said. “I have to focus on the rest of my team. I’m assuming Butch Jones and his staff have done a great job, but I don’t really follow recruiting because I’m so wrapped up in my own program and don’t have time to worry about what everyone else is doing.”
Sapp could join a Vols linebacking corps that already includes Curt Maggitt, Jalen Reeves-Maybin and several others. DeCristofaro believes that a potential redshirt would benefit Sapp, who Scout ranks as the No. 26 outside linebacker for the 2015 recruiting class.
“I think he realizes that redshirting would be a good thing for him both academically and athletically,” DeCristofaro said. “He won’t have to worry about playing time and can focus on his grades. I think athletically, he weighs 200-pounds right now, but can easily be 230-240 if he gets the right training, eats properly and keeps working out the way he does. So I think a year to train, focus on school and work on those things will be really good for him.”
Sapp would join a Tennessee roster that includes fellow Alpharetta natives Joshua Dobbs and early enrollee Andrew Butcher. Former Milton teammate Treyvon Paulk spent three games at Tennessee, before being dismissed this past season.
“There’s no doubt that there’s talent here,” DeCristofaro said of Alpharetta. “You look at the kids who have gone on to FBS schools in the last few years. I think if they can continue to get a kid from this area every year that it will continue to help their recruiting immensely.”