Cheyenne Labruzza finds his home at Tennessee

Tennessee adds a Scout four-star cornerback to its 2017 class.

Cheyenne Labruzza spent his recent visit shadowing defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and his unit. On Saturday, the Scout four-star cornerback pledged to join him. 

Labruzza committed to Tennessee after the Orange and White Game, giving Butch Jones his fifth commitment in the 2017 class and second of the day. Scout three-star outside linebacker Solon Page also pledged his verbal commitment to the Vols Saturday. 

The Louisiana native passed on offers from Arkansas, LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, among others, to join Martinez's secondary next season.

"I talked to coach Martinez and he said I'd be a little bit of youth in the secondary," Labruzza told InsideTennessee. "They have a bunch of seniors, so the next two years it will be youth in the secondary. He's telling me I can come in, I can have an opportunity to start early and — if not start — at least contribute. He told me he hasn't redshirted a (defensive back) in 15 years. He told me he doesn't believe in it, so that's obviously a great sign." 

The 5-foot-11, 186-pound prospect cited Tennessee's family atmosphere and his potential for early playing time to why he was draw to the Vols. The No. 2-ranked corner in the Creole State said he doesn't mind switching roles to see the field early, and believes he's versatile enough to do just that.

"I want to play DB in college, whether it's safety, nickel or outside corner," Labruzza said. "Whatever gets me to the field fast enough to where I can contribute to my team and my coaches are asking me, that's what I want to do. If it's even offense, whatever my coaches want out of me and if they can see is best to get me to the field faster, that's what I'll play." 

Labruzza doesn't know if he'll enroll early or not, but hasn't ruled it out yet as he determines what he wants to do.

"There's kind of pros and cons to either which way I go," Labruzza said. "If I come in early, I get time to adjust to the defense and the speed of the game. If I stay for the next semester, I'll be with my trainer in Louisiana and he'll help me out a lot more. Training with him, I'll be technically more sound, so that's a big approach to that. I'm not sure of that."

Despite offers from schools with similar historical pedigrees, Labruzza felt most at home in Knoxville. That helped ultimately led him to committing Saturday among the 67,027 announced crowd at Tennessee's Orange and White Game.

"The best thing is the family atmosphere," Labruzza said. "Immediately, I felt at home. I felt like the coaches really, truly and genuinely wanted me here."

InsideTennessee managing editor Danny Parker contributed to this report.

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