Vols coaches see Donnie Corley's potential

Donnie Corley is a clear example of why an early scholarship offer can help build a bond between prospect and program. Read more on the Tennessee target.

Michigan State and Tennessee seem to be the top two contenders to land big-play pass-catcher Donnie Corley.

The 6-foot-2½, 187-pounder from King High School in Detroit continues to educate himself on the finer points of programs he’s truly considering.

“I’m starting to talk to the players more,” Corley said, “ask them what do they think about the schools? Do the coaches stay with their word as they’re recruiting you? You know, starting to get a little scoop.”

Tennessee’s Orange Carpet Day in June was enough in the mind of the Scout four-star prospect to push back his decision as he plans to weigh the pros and cons in his head instead of eliminating Tennessee in favor of the hometown favorite.

“I think I’ll push it back a little bit just by this visit right here,” said Corley, who ranks as Michigan’s best wide receiver and No. 25 nationally.

Putting a scholarship on the table early in the process appears to have the Vols nudged ahead of other elite programs such as Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Penn State.

“They’ve always been high,” Corley said. “(Tennessee was) one of my first offers, so they seen my potential from the beginning.

“First of all, these facilities are amazing. The coaches, they seem like they’ll be real to you, tell you everything you want to know. The players, they talk good about it. Nothing bad. I don’t think they would lie to me just to get me here.”

Having relatives in the Nashville area is of consideration for Corley as he contemplates playing college football in Knoxville.

“They would like for us to be real close to them. They would probably be at every home game,” he said.

Next week, Corley will compete for Team Fly Rush at The Opening in Beaverton, Oregon, with fellow Vols targets Kyle Davis, DeAngelo Gibbs and Nigel Warrior.

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