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Scout three-star wide receiver watches film with coaches, solidifies Vols commitment

One of Tennessee's junior college commitments enjoyed his official visit to Knoxville over the weekend to watch the Vols take on Vanderbilt.

Jeff George didn't learn much from his official visit to Tennessee over the weekend because most of his questions were already answered in his first two trips to Knoxville. The Vols commit and Scout three-star wide receiver mainly used his time to enjoy the game experience, see the football facilities once more and, of course, eat some delicious food. 

"I asked a lot of questions my first go-around. It was nothing really new, but it was great to see it all again," George told InsideTennessee. "We went out and did a lot of eating, of course. We did a tour of the campus, all the facilities, and went to the game and then went out with players." 

George also spent plenty of with the coaching staff, whom he's grown close to over the course of his recruitment process after committing to Tennessee on a visit June 5. 

"I spent a lot of time with coach Z (Azzanni) and coach (Butch) Jones and, really, all the coaches. We got to hang out a lot, so it was good to build a better relationship," George said. "I like the coaches a lot. I have a real genuine connection between all of them. I really enjoyed that a lot, and I feel like they're definitely coming up, and I think we're going to be in contention for an SEC championship next year." 

Watching film with the staff over the weekend helped solidify George's commitment and showcased how Tennessee plans to use him next year. The class of 2016 product plans on competing for a starting role in Jones' offense and felt comfortable with the system he saw on film.

"We talked a lot of football," George said. "We watched a little bit (of film). They showed me things that they do that I'm doing, like have a clip of me doing something and they have a clip of them doing the same thing. I feel real good about it. The more we did that, I could just see myself coming in ready to play."

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Dodge City Community College standout passed on offers from Arizona State, Mississippi State and Cincinnati, among others, and took an official visit to Auburn Nov. 14 to watch the Tigers drop a 20-13 game to Georgia. 

"I knew this is where I wanted to go, but I went there just to see what other places had to offer too," George said. "I didn't really take any other visits before I committed so I just wanted to look around a little bit." 

Auburn still hasn't offered George but the coaching staff has visited Dodge City, along with Texas Tech, in recent weeks as they continue to pursue his talents.

"They basically told me to call them after this visit because coach (Gus) Malzhan wanted to see how serious I was about going there," he said. "I didn't really officially get (an offer). If I wanted to go there, I'd have it, basically." 

But George said he doesn't plan to take trips to any more schools and isn't considering the Tigers or anyone else at this time. 

"They're not taking me seriously so I'm not going to take them seriously," he said. "That's how I look at that. I feel like I made the right decision." 


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