Jordan Tucker made his way to Tennessee’s campus this April to get his first look at Big Orange Country.
“I’ve always wanted to check out Tennessee; they’ve always been on my radar,” Tucker said. “It was just a matter of time before I visited.
“It was over the top to be honest. They really exceeded (expectations), and it was a great visit.”
Different aspects of Tennessee’s program have the Scout three-star offensive tackle prospect and Roswell (Ga.) High School junior interested.
“The family atmosphere, everyone’s playing for each other, there’s just no greater place really — that’s what they make it seem like,” Tucker said.
Recruiting coordinator Robert Gillespie and offensive line coach Don Mahoney are the lineman’s primary contacts out of Knoxville.
“They were the first to contact me and recruit me,” the 6-foot-6, 330-pound Tucker said. “We talk on a weekly basis. They’re trying to really bring me into this program.
“(Mahoney) can see me playing as a freshman, playing as a sophomore, but he knows I can be a real valuable player to this team.”
The blue-chip blocker is up to 15 scholarship offers with the latest coming from Colorado State, East Carolina and Illinois. He visited Louisville and South Carolina. He has not yet released a list of top schools.
“If anything I want to trim it down during the season just so I can focus a little bit more on the game but I don’t really know when I’m committing,” Tucker said.
“I don’t really have a set ranking for (Tennessee) right now. It’s going to take some thinking, but I really did enjoy the visit.
“I will definitely be back here (to Knoxville).”
After going 5-7 in the first season of the Butch Jones era, the Volunteers improved to 7-6. In 2015, Tennessee increased its record to 9-4.
“I feel like it’s really going up,” Tucker said of the program direction. “As far as I can see, it’s been a real boost and it should be good.”
The Scout No. 25-rated offensive tackle in the South and No. 7 in the Peach State does not have future visits planned but will see more schools in the summer months.