Wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni and tight ends coach Mark Elder both spent time in the Tar Heel State during the NCAA Evaluation Period this spring to spread the word to those around the Scout four-star wide receiver prospect.
“They tell me they love me,” Overton told InsideTennessee. “They’re trying to get me down there, trying to get me to commit. (Tennessee cornerback) Emmanuel Moseley keeps texting me, telling me he wants me to commit. Their new committed quarterback (Jarrett Guarantano) is DM’ing me on Twitter telling me to commit.”
Guarantano, the No. 7-rated quarterback in the nation, is among Tennessee’s committed prospects for the 2016 class. The East Region’s top signal-caller heading to Knoxville is seen as a positive by Overton.
“It just shows that it’s a big-time school, a lot of top recruits go there,” Overton said. “They produce great players that go off to the next level.”
Even though he’s a Scout 300 member and one of the top names at a position of need for Tennessee, coaches passed along to Overton that he can improve that much more should he wind up in Knoxville.
“Basically they’re telling me to keep developing my game because the way that I’m playing right now being as it’s my first year back since fifth grade,” he said. “They’re telling me I could develop a little more skill. They see a lot of potential in me. The way that I catch the ball, the way that I run my routes, it’s just the little things that will make me a greater player. They’re telling me I can be key role in their offense at the 9-man position. That’s just great to look into.”
The nation’s No. 22-rated wide receiver added offers from Michigan, Nebraska and Virginia most recently and is comfortably in the double-digits with college options. It’s been a whirlwind 10 months for Overton, who played football his junior season at Page (N.C.) High School.
“Never would I ever have dreamed that I’d get this many offers because going into football this past year, I was going in to get stronger for basketball actually,” Overton said. “I was a basketball player at heart, but I mean coming back into football, I just had a feel for it. I developed as a wide receiver. I just never expected the offers to fill in like this.”
Clemson and Tennessee once were co-leaders for the Greensboro native but the influx of interest from around the country has his interest in multiple programs raised.
“Recruiting, man, it’s kind of hard,” said Overton, who caught 62 passes for 1,154 yards with 11 touchdowns in 2014. “Everybody’s competitive with this recruitment. A lot of different colleges have a lot of different things to offer — different facilities, different educational programs. It’s like a tough battle between all of them.”
The 6-foot-5, 198-pounder does not yet know what schools will receive official visits. He made it to Knoxville for a junior day earlier this spring and plans to return to Knoxville: “Definitely. I’ll talk with coach Z and try to get down there.”