D’Andre Litaker may only be a sophomore, but his on-field talent caught the eye of the Tennessee coaching staff already.
The 6-foot-3, 284-pound defensive tackle visited Rocky Top in February for junior day— exactly one month after receiving an offer from the Vols on Jan. 20.
Though it was not his first visit, it was his best one thus far.
“I’ve been here for a couple of games and some other visits,” the Murfreesboro native said. “I went to the Bowling Green game up at Nissan Stadium and when they played Oklahoma in Neyland.
“This visit was the best visit to Tennessee that I’ve ever been to. I liked the feeling of it— it felt like home.”
During the visit, the Scout four-star prospect toured the facilities, attended a men’s basketball game versus LSU at Thompson-Boling Arena and got more acquainted with the university as a whole.
“We put on jerseys (in Peyton Manning Locker Room) and got to talk with the coaches and everything,” he said.
The Oakland (Tenn.) High School defender already has relationships with several others going through the recruiting process, including offensive tackle and Tennessee’s first 2018 commitment, Cade Mays.
“(Me and) Cade Mays have a good relationship,” Litaker said. “He actually committed here as a sophomore. He goes to Knoxville Catholic. We have a really good connection.”
The sophomore has offers from Georgia, LSU and Memphis as well as the Big Orange. Litaker made his way to Athens during the winter.
“I’ve only visited Tennessee and Georgia right now, but out of those two, Tennessee has a really big difference from Georgia as far as the crowds and the coaching staff goes. But I also have a really good connection with (defensive line) coach (Tracy) Rocker from Georgia.”
Though he has not visited several of his other schools of interest, the mid-state talent has an early top 5.
“Tennessee is one of my top 5 — and Georgia, Ole Miss, FSU and LSU,” he said.
Litaker intends to announce his decision on National Signing Day in 2018.