The days leading up to National Signing Day are going to be tough on Zack Moss. Tennessee made sure of that over the weekend.
The Scout No. 7 running back in the Sunshine State took an official visit to Knoxville. He’s on Utah’s list of commitments after being a one-time Miami (Fla.) commit prior to the coaching change.
“What stuck out the most? The scenery,” Moss told InsideTennessee. “It was a nice place all around. Coaches showed a lot of love. The facilities are top notch. I just love the whole campus overall.
“The people were nice to me, very greeting, overall just great people.”
Tennessee’s depth chart at running back could take a hit between now and the 2016 season opener versus Appalachian State. Also, many expect Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara to go on to the NFL after the fall.
“They need me badly right now,” said Moss, who wore a Third Down for What shirt Sunday. “I fit in perfectly into the offense. They just need a guy like me right now.”
The Hallandale (Fla.) High School running back had family with him on the trip, including his mother.
“She loved it actually — probably more than me,” Moss said. “But she loved it, loved everything about it.”
If coach Butch Jones and his staff are going to get a signed National Letter of Intent from Moss on Wednesday, they’ll have to beat out Utah, which holds a soft commitment from the runner.
“I’m still committed to Utah,” Moss said. “Got some thinking to do obviously, and I’ll see what goes down Feb. 3.”
Coaches at Tennessee and Utah will get final word from the 5-foot-9 ½, 200-pounder “probably Tuesday.”
“It’s hard right now,” said Moss, who ranks by Scout as the No. 78 back in the 2016 class.
In 2015, Moss led Hallandale to FHSAA Class 5A state playoff wins over Suncoast (42-0) and Brandon Johnson's American Heritage team (27-20) before being eliminated by eventual champion Bishop Moore 51-46.
Against two-time defending champion Heritage, Moss ran for 64 yards on 18 carries with a 3-yard touchdown and caught five passes for 61 yards.