There was one glaring difference between the first time Demetric Vance visited Tennessee earlier in the year and when he came back to campus Thursday for a camp the Vols hosted. The Scout four-star safety and Michigan State commit from Detroit may still be getting used to the scorching East Tennessee summer heat in his second trip to Knoxville.
“It wasn’t this hot last time actually,” he said with a laugh. “That’s one, and this time I actually got to meet all the coaches. The first time I didn’t get to meet all the coaches, so it was pretty cool meeting all the different coaches.”
Vance, who was able to score some time with Butch Jones during his visit, came to Knoxville for a summer camp to show off his multitalented skillset. He also wanted to support a group of fellow Cass Technical High School teammates who made the trek down for Tennessee’s camp with him.
The 6-1, 195-pound wrecking ball doesn’t mind coming up to make a bruising hit at the safety spot and will only continue growing as he heads into his senior season. It’s no surprise the No. 1-rated safety in Michigan has accumulated 15 offers already, including ones from programs like Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska. That number is expected to continue growing despite his verbal pledge to the Spartans, and Vance praised his camp experience with the Vols while emphasizing his commitment to MSU.
“I like it down here. It’s a great place,” he said. “I could see myself being down here. I’m still committed. This is a great place I could say.”
The Scout 300 member was impressed by the sociable coaching staff and the rabid football culture that pervades Knoxville.
“I’d have to say the coaches and the whole atmosphere, just the environment down here is just great,” he told InsideTennessee. “The fans are crazy too.”
Vance continued to echo his loyalty to Michigan State, but he hasn’t shut down his recruitment process yet and is still open to visiting other colleges before making a final decision. The fact that Tennessee was able to get him on campus is no doubt a step in the right direction in trying to sway the Midwest’s best safety.
“I’m a commit but I still got my options,” he said. “I plan on taking a couple of visits, but it’s going to be with a couple of teammates just, like, supporting them, but still seeing things for myself.”