With scholarship offers flooding to Jeff George, it was time to hit the road to see some of what these schools have to offer.
In his first trip to Knoxville, pass-catching JUCO talent arrived on Tennessee’s campus on Thursday night and left Saturday morning.
Butch Jones and his staff stuck out the most to the Dodge City (Kan.) Community College wide receiver.
“They were a great group of coaches,” George said. “I loved being around them. The campus and all of that was amazing too.
“I was talking to a lot of their coaches over Twitter without actually seeing them, so it was good to meet them all.”
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“I like him a lot. I really like him,” George said.
Joining George on the lengthy drive to Rocky Top were his mother and father.
“They loved the whole thing. They loved the whole trip. They loved all the coaches.”
The head man over Big Orange Country, Butch Jones, gave the JUCO talent the sales pitch.
“It was great,” George said. “He told me how successful he wanted me to be on and off the field and explained the great opportunity that I have going there.”
With two years of eligibility and plans to enroll at a university in January, George seeks an opportunity to play his first year on campus. The staff at Tennessee told him he could contribute early and would gladly take a verbal commitment from the Kansas native.
“They want me to, but I’m going to take my time with it before I decide,” George said.
The lengthy target plans to head into the fall as a committed prospect. Summer visits to more campuses are going to go a long way in making that decision.
“I probably just want to see a couple more places, make sure I’m making the correct decision for my future,” said George, who plans on visiting Iowa State, Kansas and Mississippi State as well as possibly Cincinnati.
“After I see those, then I’ll most likely make a decision.
“It’s a good thing to see all the football stadiums and football facilities, but probably the most important thing to me is the coaching staffs and the relationships I have with them and how much they really want me and needing me and wanting me to play and how they want me to be successful and how much they really care about me.”
Coordinator Mike DeBord and other Vols coaches laid out for George how he could be utilized.
“They showed me different plays they would be running as a deep threat, running curl routes…just a lot of things that I do now at Dodge City basically,” the 6-foot-5, 185-pounder said. “All the same things they would like to use me for there.
“I like it a lot; that’s the type offense I want to be in with high tempo and passing the ball around to everybody.”
It’s quite possible George will return to Knoxville this weekend as Tennessee’s hosts “The Arsenal,” which is an alpha skills camp. Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden is expected.
“I think I’ll be there to not participate, just hang out I guess,” George said.