Adrian Ealy may be a product of Louisiana, but he is certainly keeping an open mind as the offensive lineman explores his options of schools that have offered him a scholarship.
For the Scout four-star, the recruiting process has been an exciting, nonstop one since he received his first offer from Mississippi State on Nov. 4, 2014. Tennessee joined the fight to add Ealy by offering last July.
“Its really hectic,” Ealy told InsideTennessee. “Letters coming in everyday, coaches calling, tweets, coaches talking to me. It all came just at one time.”
The Baton Rouge native grew up an LSU fan and received an offer from the Tigers last May, but his hometown university is not necessarily where he intends to stay.
“I’ve started to accept other colleges and look into colleges other than LSU,” Ealy said. “I’ve been open-minded to other schools. Just because I live here in Louisiana doesn’t technically mean I’m going to LSU considering all the other schools that are out there.”
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound lineman first stepped foot on Rocky Top last July during the Tennessee “Orange Carpet” event, where he spoke with Vols coach Butch Jones – and received the offer that Ealy said he was “extremely excited about.”
“(The Orange Carpet event) was great,” Louisiana’s top-rated junior offensive tackle said. “I walked in there and they had a whole ESPN media thing set up for me and they were calling my name out. That was new to me so I liked Tennessee real quick.”
The Vols have only pursued the University Laboratory School standout harder since, and Ealy’s daily conversations with several coaches have allowed him to hold a close relationship with them.
“I’ve been talking to (Tennessee running backs) coach (Robert) Gillespie a lot,” Ealy said. “He’s really been my main recruiter – him and (graduate assistant) coach Merci (Falaise). I’ve built a real close relationship with them. I talk to them every day. Tennessee is about the only school that really texts me good morning and has a full conversation with me every day – really the only ones that talk to me on that much of a daily basis.”
As soon as Tennessee locked in Scout five-star defensive back Nigel Warrior on National Signing Day, Ealy received a special phone call from Vols coaches.
“Tennessee is the school that has showed me the most love, like they really want me,” the Scout No. 235 prospect in the 2017 class said. “They talk to me every day like I said. They called me on signing day and all the coaches talked to me, showing me that they wanted me. Nigel had just committed at the time and they called me and said, ‘This could be you next year.’
“They really got some good guys going there. So I can see that the whole program is all really progressing and going up.”
Ealy said there is a 100-percent chance he will be making an official visit to Rocky Top sometime over the next year. He intends to make his final decision on National Signing Day.